Myth Agent


Fiction - Time Travel
159 Pages
Reviewed on 10/15/2019
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Author Biography

I was raised in small towns in Oregon, Washington, and Montana, and I am still a small town person at heart. I married my high school sweetheart in 1975, and after he got out of the U.S. Marines we settled in western Oregon. We have two grown children, and two wonderful granddaughters. Being part of this family is very important to us.

I’m very interested in history, especially the mid to late 1800s through the WWII era, and always wanted to try to create a time travel book revolving around those times. When Myth Agent was completed, I realized I wanted the story to continue—so that’s what is keeping me at the computer these days!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

"Keep working on it, Rutt! Mankind can benefit greatly from time travel! Keep the discussion alive with scientists in the Assembly, but be cautious about anyone who condemns our work. I know time travel exists." It was 1910, and these were some of the last words left by paleontologist Dr. Eyestone to his friend Ruttledge Rosenbaugh, a professor of science at Hensley University. Months after the funeral, Ruttledge encountered a peculiar young girl in his secret laboratory. The experience haunts him, and it takes him years to prove that time travel is possible, albeit with a gruesome catalyst and unpleasant outcome. He also has to be wary of individuals who try to sully his name and his work. Myth Agent is a sci-fi mystery by L.A. MacFadden.

Time travel is one of my favorite themes and the main appeal of Myth Agent. The classic concept is deftly developed into a fresh story premise. The plot has a steady pace, although at certain points the subject of time travel takes a back seat as readers get to know the protagonists and their backstory. The characters are well fleshed out with considerable depth of their disposition and emotions. The narrative is clear and engaging-I appreciate the fact that there's no heavy technical jargon used to deliver the core concept of the tale. That said, I did have to pay extra attention to the story timeline as the chapters alternate between different characters' POVs. The ending leaves behind a mystery that surely needs to be answered. Overall, a commendable story from MacFadden and I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

Literary Titan

Still reeling from the death of his mentor and friend, Rutt is taken aback once more when confronted by a young girl late one night in the lab. One question leads to another, and Rutt soon learns that she is not who he believes her to be, nor is she the person she appears to the naked eye. Like a bolt of lightning, Rutt is struck with the realization that the thing he has worked on, believed in, and hoped for is finally standing before him in the form of a young, lost girl.

Myth Agent, by L.A. MacFadden, features main characters experiencing time travel from both sides. MacFadden has managed to provide readers with a fantastic story of time travel while incorporating a bit of mystery. I actually loved that I needed to reread the first few pages of chapter one because MacFadden gives readers a story that could indeed be set in any time period. I found it incredibly appealing that I didn’t immediately picture the setting as far as century. This is a story that could be situated neatly in any decade, but the fact that it is tucked into the early 20th century makes it unique.

As the mother of two teens, I have spent my fair share of time watching science fiction movies and have read many science fiction novels. MacFadden's techniques stand out among the many approaches to time travel I have seen. It’s practically ingrained in us as a part of pop culture that time travelers will somehow be beamed up or disappear as a pixelated image before our eyes. MacFadden, however, has chosen to have her characters travel in a manner much more befitting, and somehow more believable.

In addition to the uniqueness of MacFadden's choice of time travel description, I am intrigued by the manner in which characters’ time travel begins. I love the idea that the fossilized bone is the kickstarter for the whole process. The divide between prehistoric times and the futuristic feel of time travel itself is immensely appealing in this story line.

Rutt’s story is both relatable and enjoyable while Odessa’s serves to give more depth to the story. I appreciate the break MacFaddengives readers from overly technical details, machines, and text riddled with terms specific to technology. There is, within the chapters of Myth Agent, a well-developed story line surrounding Rutt’s backstory and the way in which he comes to know and love Minnie.

I find MacFadden's work to be much more a story of perseverance than a work of science fiction and thoroughly enjoyed both story lines, though I found Rutt’s story tugged at my heartstrings most. I would recommend this book to anyone who has yet to become fully invested in science fiction and is looking to dabble in this particular genre. This is a fabulous starter book for any reader more interested in character development than the typical elements of science fiction.