Publisher: First Knight Press
Series: Time Crisis Saga: Book One
Today never happened. Tomorrow is gone. Yesterday is a new day.
Miles Draven blames his birth parents for the problems in his life: classmates who torment him, seventeen years of rejection by foster families, and interminable loneliness. Despite his anger, he clings to an old photograph of his parents and two engraved, marble-sized glass orbs they entrusted to him the night of his birth—the same night they abandoned him. Miles hopes these objects will one day lead him back to his family and the answers he seeks. Those answers, however, defy all reason.
When assassins murder Miles’ foster family and target him, a mysterious young man named Matthias thwarts the gunmen and ushers him to safety. There he unveils irrefutable evidence that he’s both Miles' father and a time traveler. No longer safe in his own time, Miles travels with his father back to 1863 where he's finally reunited with his family. But all is not well. He soon learns of the bloody treachery that not only led to his untimely rescue from the future but also jeopardizes their mission to defeat an ancient evil that threatens the unwritten future of mankind.
REVIEW FROM JONATHAN HULS
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C.W.J. Henderson’s descriptive and sometimes elegant writing will enthrall readers that enjoy details down to the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, for the remainder of us, being bombarded by such minutiae will cause us to skip large swathes of the book in order to maintain our interest. Though the book does have some rather riveting chapters with lots of action, the amount of filler between those points really drains the audience.
The central character, Miles, will drive anyone with a cup-is-half-full attitude up the wall. His negative demeanor and attitude toward everything thrown at him in the book quickly becomes annoying. His use of foul language seems out of place and unnecessary, leaving readers to feel lost between a book that seems categorized for adults but would do better as a young adult read (sans the cursing).
The terminology used in the book to describe the time traveling and associated devices was creative and realistic, although many of the references to the time seemed like they were not well thought out. Matthias, Miles’ father, references his son as being from 2016 however Miles was playing Final Fantasy on an NES game console (roughly 1987), listening to Alice in Chains (most popular in the 90s), and making references to the 1997 movie Gattaca. Perhaps Miles is into retro stuff, but it seems a little farfetched.
Though Miles Away has some imaginative concepts in the book and will be enjoyed by some readers, the world created by C.W.J Henderson will likely not be able to captivate readers enough for them to become emotionally involved in what happens to his main character or the sort-of-evil bad guy he is up against.