“a very exhilarating read” – review of TimeStorm on The Review website

On The Review Website, Robert Southworth has written a review of Steve Harrison’s nautical timeslip adventure TimeStorm. Robert starts by admitting that TimeStorm was very different from the usual type of novel he would read and he started reading with a “mixture of trepidation and excitement”. But, he goes on to say that any fears he may have had “were soon dispelled with the first few pages”.

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Artwork: Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com

Robert comments on Steve’s skill at presenting the story which “moves at a fine pace, keeping you turning the pages with a sense of anticipation”. He adds that this is helped not only by “an intriguing storyline but also the well-developed characters”. He also commends the way Steve creates an authentic atmosphere for the craft and crew in the 18th century, saying that Steve “delivers this skilfully”.

In his summary, Robert (himself an author) concludes that he “felt the novel was entertaining and well written, with diverse and interesting characters. The fact that time travel is involved is neither here or there, because the skill in which the author has written about the individuals and the trials they face is of such a high quality, that it is on them the reader concentrates.” Thanks Robert.

You can read Robert’s full review on The Review here.

 

“one of the neatest time-travel packages I’ve read in a long time” – review of Timestorm on Throw the Book at us

Artwork: Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.comOn the book review site Throw the Book at us, Australian writer Russell Proctor has reviewed TimeStorm by Steve Harrison. He gave it 5 stars (which they only give to ‘once in a lifetime’ books).

Russell starts by commending the level of research that Steve obviously did in order to “convey the sights, sounds and experiences of an Eighteenth Century sailing ship in vivid and realistic detail”, and also in “seeing Sydney in 2017 from the point of view of men from a time more than two hundred years earlier” once the ship has slipped forward through time. He says “I enjoy reading a book where the writer has taken on a subject they obviously know a good deal about”. He especially notes the details, such as the difference in the smell of the air. He says the characters are “well conceived and finely portrayed” and “realistic, too” and, although there are many of them, Steve manages to “keep track of them” and ensures the reader does as well. Russell was satisfactorily surprised by the ending, he says.

You can read Russell’s review here.

 

“a first-rate adventure novel” – review of TimeStorm on Risingshadow

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Artwork: Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com

On Risingshadow.net, Seregil of Rhiminee has just written a review of TimeStorm, the new adventure timeslip novel from Steve Harrison. Seregil starts his review of this “entertaining combination of classic sea adventure, fast-paced action and time travel” by commenting that it’s “a first-rate adventure novel that offers plenty of entertainment”. Mentioning the inevitable comparison of the hero Kit Blaney to Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, Seregil says that Steve Harrison’s fluent writing about life at sea means that “this novel is a modern equivalent to Forester and O’Brian’s classic adventure novels”. Lieuetenant Blaney is a “delightfully old-fashioned hero. He’s an honest, dutiful and courageous man who has achieved a lot by working hard”.

Seregil goes on to say that Steve “paints a vivid picture of life at sea and shows how the members of the crew work together. In my opinion he manages to create a believable vision of life on the ship”. As fas as the convicts are concerned, he says that Steve “writes unflinchingly about the punishments of the convicts and doesn’t shy away from brutalities involved in the punishments, which is good, because life was harsh during the 18th century”.

Over and above the thrilling adventure, this is also a timeslip novel. Seregil says that the “arrival of men from the 18th century to a near future Sydney is handled in a surprisingly entertaining and exciting way. When the men find themselves in the future, they wonder about many things, because lots of things have changed. The author shows how the men feel about their situation. The crew members and escaped convicts have to face a new society in which new social norms, different manners and unfamiliar technology causes problems and difficult situations for them. They’ve all been dragged to the 21st century against their will”. He adds that the author “creates an absorbing story by writing about policemen, reporters, hostage situations, shootings, rescue missions, bodies etc. Although there are many happenings, the author manages to keep everything under control (in my opinion the author clearly enjoyes writing this kind of entertainment and wants to entertain his readers).”

He concludes his review by saying that “this novel is good entertainment from start to finish and the ending is satisfying to the readers. TimeStorm is a perfect adventure novel for everybody who has read C. S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian. It’s also excellent entertainment for all who enjoy reading fast-paced and exciting time travel stories.”

You can read Seregil’s review on Risingshadow here.

 

The making of… TimeStorm by Steve Harrison

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Artwork: Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com
On the Upcoming4.me website, Steve Harrison has written an article for their Story Behind the Story feature about the inspiration for his debut novel TimeStorm. From a chance remark by his brother, when they saw a replica frigate in Sydney Harbour, Steve gradually pieced together a plot that would allow him to explore the clash of cultures between the convicts and naval officers from an 18th century convict ship and the inhabitants of 21st century Sydney, while at the same time paying homage to the stories of heroes like Hornblower that thrilled him when he was growing up.

You can read his article here.

 

Science Fiction debut highly commended in Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards

TimeStorm by Steve Harrison, due to be published by Elsewhen Press this year, highly commended in the inaugural Science Fiction and Fantasy sub-category of the FAW Jim Hamilton Award

DARTFORD, KENT – 16 April 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to congratulate author Steve Harrison for being Highly Commended for his novel TimeStorm in the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards for 2013 that were presented in Melbourne last Friday, 11 April.

The FAW Jim Hamilton Award is presented for an unpublished novel of sustained quality and distinction by an Australian author. The categories were expanded in 2013 to encompass fantasy/science fiction.

In their report, the judges, Michael Foster and Alisa Krasnostein, noted that there were an impressive number of entries for the inaugural judging of the Science Fiction/Fantasy sub-category of the FAW Jim Hamilton Award. They commented that many showed willingness to stray from norms of the genre, and it was good to see some also showing an Australian flavour – not simply for the sake of inserting some token Australians, but as an integral and considered part of the narrative. The judges chose not to award a winner, but felt that two works stood ahead of the others and deserved commendations. One of these was time slip adventure TimeStorm, Steve Harrison’s debut novel.

TimeStorm is a thrilling epic adventure story of revenge, survival and honour set in a strange new world of unfamiliar technology and equally unfathomable social norms. In the literary footsteps of Hornblower, comes Lieutenant Christopher ‘Kit’ Blaney, an old-fashioned hero, a man of honour, duty and principle. But dragged into the 21st century… literally.

TimeStorm will be published later this year by Elsewhen Press in both digital and print editions.

About Steve Harrison

Steve Harrison

Steve Harrison was born in Yorkshire, England, grew up in Lancashire, migrated to New Zealand and eventually settled in Sydney, Australia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

As he juggled careers in shipping, insurance, online gardening and the postal service, Steve wrote short stories, sports articles and a long running newspaper humour column called HARRISCOPE: a mix of ancient wisdom and modern nonsense. In recent years he has written a number of unproduced feature screenplays, although being unproduced was not the intention, and developed projects with producers in the US and UK. His script, Sox, was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Awgie’ Award and he has written and produced three short films under his Pronunciation Fillums partnership.