by Dave Weaver
NEVER PICK UP AN OLD COIN
An outsider in his own time, Jack finds himself a stranger in the distant past, then a pawn in a dark, dystopian future where rebels struggle to overturn an ancient and ruthlessly oppressive empire.
Jack has an exceptional gift: a remarkable ability to absorb and memorise facts instantly and without effort.
A lonely teenager, he has had little control over his life, having to leave behind friends and everything familiar, in the move to a new town, a new school, a new start. Jack misses his old life. He knows that his immediate future will not be easy – his astonishing memory has not always helped win him friends – but he can never have anticipated the incredible events that are about to befall him.
Discovering what appears to be an ancient coin, Jack finds himself abruptly hurled back and then forward through time, by a technology and an intelligence beyond his control. Jack’s extraordinary memory, and his fascination with history, are to prove vital as he is thrown back across the centuries, to the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, then forward to the heart of a vastly powerful totalitarian state.
In both past and future, manipulated by opposing factions, Jack’s life is under constant threat. He will need all his ability and courage to survive.
Whom can he trust?
Can he save those he cares for?
Will he ever return home?
Author Dave Weaver lives in St. Albans, near the ruins of the Roman town of Verulamium. He has long been fascinated by history and his writing has often explored the relationship between reality and the popularly imagined past which invariably borders on fantasy. His first published novel, Jacey’s Kingdom, explored Dark Ages Britain as it was being imagined by a history student who lay in a coma. This latest novel, Timekeepers, is a dark dystopia, more science fiction than fantasy. Combining time travel and alternate realities with both history and a disturbing future, Timekeepers follows in the footsteps of HG Wells’ (ironically timeless) classic The Time Machine.
Timekeepers was published in a digital edition on 2nd March 2018 and in paperback on 25th May 2018.
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