“Memories Lost in Time” is a compelling coming-of-age story with a time-travel twist. It’s an easy read filled with humor and suspense that will provide the reader a rich and fulfilling experience.
The plot moves along at a brisk pace and unlike many science fiction novels, the author provides a world of complex characters, not complex jargon.
Ben was surprisingly insecure for someone born with such an extraordinary gift. He could remember every day, every hour of his life from the age of six. Everything except for one entire day during his freshman year at Cooke College.
William became Ben’s roommate during his second semester at college. A large man with flowing blond hair, William was often regarded as a Thor wannabe with a nerdy obsession and a desperate need for money.
William’s girlfriend Hope is a diminutive dynamo with a brilliant mind for physics.
Christine, part of Hope’s team of physicists, was raised in the chaos of a free- wheeling commune, but sought order in her life by becoming an orthodox Jew.
Gary, a grizzled veteran of the gulf war, was struggling with PTSD until he received inspiration from the future.
“Memories Lost in Time” is a captivating page-turner you won’t be able to put down. The book’s conclusion is filled with surprise, providing the reader with a most enjoyable experience.
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At the age of 71, JJ Harlyn is an unlikely first time author. Still working part-time as an engineering consultant he was inspired by a friend who had written his first book after retiring from a long and successful career. JJ’s novel, “Memories Lost in Time,” uses the concept of time-travel to create a compelling “coming of age” story. Set in a mid-west college, the story follows three friends as they conduct unsanctioned experiments to further their academic careers while at the same time tackling some significant money issues.
The idea for his time-travel story emerged from a dream that recurred for several nights. Once the story’s framework was created, JJ developed the rest of his narrative based on personal experience, people he knew and his grandchildren. The main female character, for example, very much resembles his granddaughter in every way with one significant exception. She’s not a brilliant physicist but rather a sixteen year old high school girl who hopes one day to become a speech therapist. His youngest granddaughter’s request to be a dog, in the book, was most challenging. It required nearly half a chapter to explain why the hero’s little dog was named Emily.