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on Feb. 28, 2012 :
A beautiful and different type of time travel romance involving three very different time periods. The science fiction element lacks a little in realism but the story is good and the characters nicely drawn. It is nicely paced and an enjoyable read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 16, 2011 :
I am a reader not a writer, so the following review is not expertly done by any means and is my first ever in my 57 years, but I felt I had to comment on this book.
I usually buy a batch of books from Smashwords and top up my order with several new authors - Julie Reilly was one such new author with her book 'Time Watchers The Greatest Of These' - actually 2 full books in one.
As the book blurb says - It's about a guy going back into the stone age past to study cavemen first hand for him to get his qualifications as a researcher for his job in the future and falling in love with a cave girl.
This story had me a few times in tears, rooting for the good guys and booing the bad guys, hoping true love would prevail in the end. The story has an even flow and is very easy to read - it's not full of religion, political comment or long winded explanations about future psuedo-science and how it works. The story is just gentle entertainment and leaves you wanting more. I actually contacted the author - another first for me - to ask for more.
This new author is on my 'watch for more books' list - Julie Reilly is someone to definitely watch out for.
(reviewed long after purchase)
M L Sawyer
on May 15, 2011 :
Time Watchers: The Greatest Of These by Julie Reilly is an eye-opening, no holds bared story that goes back to 7000bc. Robert, an anthropologist time traveller, spends six weeks with a small community. His initial contact is one of shock and violence before he takes the time to become accepted by those of the cave community – at least, by most of them.
As if the dramas of day to day survival is not enough, Robert soon finds himself falling for Yana, a sixteen year old cave woman. Everything Robert has learnt tells him that this is wrong and cannot be allowed as Robert must return to his own time, for surly such love could have untold ramifications to the time line…
I really enjoyed the first part of this novel. Julie takes you back to the Stone Age where the reader quickly becomes involved in the harsh reality that is survival. The characters are believable; lovable and hateable at times. You really root for them, you want them to succeed but as a reader, you are constantly surprised by what happens.
This reads like a fantasy novel with a slight time travel sci-fi. Very enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 16, 2011 :
Robert York is a time traveler and he is going back to prehistoric times to the Stone Age "just to observe and study the inhabitants of Kent's Cavern." And we all know how that's going to work out, right? Humans seem to be humans no matter where or when they are.
Robert saves the life of one inhabitant minutes after his exit from the rainbow portal. So much for not messing with the timeline. Then he proceeds to insinuate himself into the everyday life of the people and to promptly fall in love with his host. This well-written story is a story of love with a little time traveling thrown in and it's just made for readers who like the emotions and interactions and historical details rather than lots of action.
Things get more interesting as Robert returns to the 24th century and his love tries to follow him, only to end up in the twenty-first century. Punishments happen for not following rules, and Stone Age girl is befriended by Nikki of 2006 who has her own way to live life, including rescuing total strangers. A little comedy and drama take place as Future Big Boss sends back thugs to force the girl back to the caves, Nikki fights them off with a shoe, and Robert (again) breaks the rules and gets his friends to help him jump to 2006 to find his love. You'll be glad you invested the time in this book, which begs for a sequel with some of the same characters.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)