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My name is David Edward Wagner. I write books. I also write music. I was born in Ohio but the East Bay, CA is my long term residence and stomping grounds. For the past while I have been flitting between the CA and Istanbul, now with my wife and son.
I write about the things that astound me. The places where psychology meets philosophy, where science meets spirituality and biology confronts technology. I dig science and history. Philosophy. Comic books. Oceans. Deserts. I love rock and roll in all its various disguises.
Over the years I have been an executive chef, a house painter, a stick juggler, a construction worker, an editor, a kitchen manager/drummer in a traveling cafe/belly dance show, and a chai bottler. I play several instruments and have been known to possess a distinctive German accent from time to time.
I have an MA in philosophy and I would love to talk to you about Foucault and phenomenology anytime.
on May 18, 2015 :
I don't usually pick up science-fiction stories on my own. Therefore, I was very skeptical when I came across Anchors No More. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised from start to finish.
The beginning instantly grabbed my attention. Since I'm not a frequent science fiction reader, I was extremely interested in with the main characters, Holly and Gary, were up to. When I learned that it was time travel, I was hesitant, but still curious due to the suspense the author created.
Holly and Gary have no way of knowing if traveling through time would work (despite their calculations), so it was interesting to see the surprises they faced upon traveling five years into the future. It was realistic that they couldn't account for everything, since time travel had not been done before.
I was a little anxious in the beginning, because of the scientific jargon. Science isn't really my strong suit so I was worried I would get lost. Luckily for me, there wasn't much to be worried about, because terms were explained or easy to understand based on the context.
Additionally, Holly and Gary's journey through time results in exciting twists and unexpected turns as you make your way through the adventurous time traveling novella. It is difficult to put down this fast-paced and suspenseful tale, even as someone who doesn't read sci-fi regularly. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an adventure to read.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on May 09, 2015 :
Time-travel enthusiasts and fans of sci-fi will wholeheartedly enjoy Wagner's fast-paced novel. This action-packed story will surprise readers along the way with several suspenseful twists which seemingly come out of left field. Wagner's stellar storytelling ability is obvious especially when it channels through the main characters, Holly and Gary who add some light and sparkle to this dark tale complete with bad guys and serious science references. They travel five years into the future and discover that the military is now in charge and once they are taken prisoners, everything seems to spin out of control. This futuristic thriller provides a roller coaster ride of emotions and excitement all the way up till the big finish which could ensue jaws to drop.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 30, 2015 :
The time travel illusion is brought to life in this fascinating story. Holly, a brilliant scientist, is prevented by protocol from pursuing her amazing scientific discovery, leaving her unsatisfied with the unwillingness of those in authority. Gary, a brilliant engineer, tried to talk Holly out of her discovery by dismissing it as unfounded until he analyzed it for himself and discovered that her discovery was a staggering possibility!
While Gary vacillated for a moment, Holly decided to push the glowing green button which lands them in big trouble. They get a lot more than they bargained for!
In the midst of their predicament, Gary still loves Holly, yet he never had the courage to declare his love to his esteemed fellow scientist.
The Lieutenant Vanderhoff character adds great thrill to the story, the author draws a glaring picture in describing his character, that the reader can almost see him! But the thing that really stands out for me is Sargent Restrepos display of courage, his big heart and empathy toward Gary and Holly.
The storyline flows very well and is full of suspense, twists and turns! The book is exciting and detailed, making it easy to follow. The writing style is well-paced and engaging. I really enjoyed reading it!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on April 27, 2015 :
I’ve always loved watching shows and reading books about time travelling. The topic fascinated me and it was no surprise that series such as Quantum Leap and Doctor Who grabbed my attention from the start. Therefore, from the moment I started reading about Doctors Holly Marshal and Gary Neff and how they made their trip five years into the future, I was hooked. As I had read the book description, I was fully expecting the presence of the military at their return, but nothing quite prepared me for the appearance of Lieutenant Vanderhoff and how much I would hate the character. Not to mention the horror that would grip me upon reading some of the scenarios that would come to pass if he would get his hands on the technology he wanted.
Anchors no more is a book packed with action, with a wonderful narrative that hooks you from the very first page, from the first forays into the future, to the imminent sense of danger that surrounds them once they step out of the time machine and find themselves charged with high treason. Many times I found myself saying ‘that’s it, I’ve got to go to sleep’, just to continue reading another chapter and another, unable to put the book dow. The descriptions were vivid, the dialogues pleasant to read and well crafted, the suspense thick enough you could have cut it with a knife. Many times I thought there was no escaping one situation or another just to see the story prove me wrong as an unexpected twist of fate changed things.
Overall, Anchors no more is a gripping tale from the start to the end. It will keep you on the edge, eager to know what’s coming next and won’t let you go until you reach the end. I highly recommend it to those who love science fiction and time travel novels, or to those who are the more adventurous sort. You won’t regret giving it a try.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Emerging Edge Publishing
on April 26, 2015 :
Anchors No More is filled with action and suspense as the story unfolds and reveals the journey of doctors Holly Marshal and Gary Neff’s time travel into the future. The two clever doctors were optical engineers in a small laser product R&D organization. Perhaps they were too smart for their own good and took on more than they had expected when they decided to build the time machine. Once they flipped the switch on the device, everything changed, there was no turning back. They successfully traveled into the future and were submerged into a slimy web of unknown danger. The future was not what they had expected. Within moments of their arrival into the future they were arrested and captured in their unknown surroundings and charged with high treason. They soon discovered that the future was controlled by the military and their lives would never be the same. The action picked up in the story and I was immediately pulled into the storyline, curious to see what would happen next. I tried to figure out the story like a puzzle, but each chapter was skillfully packed with suspenseful scenarios that left me curious about the two brave doctors' fate. As the story moved forward, there were many scenarios that seemed to unravel unexpected twists of fate for the two. The future seemed to be doomed as seen through the eyes of doctor Holly and Gary. But somehow, a twist of fate changed what could have been for the doctors. I enjoyed the action packed scenes; the vivid descriptions of the characters and dialogue that sometimes made me feel as if I was experiencing the story along with the characters. I love sci-fi suspense, especially time travel and this book will definitely be added to my collection. Overall, the storyline was a good one, from the very beginning to the highly anticipated climax at the end
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)