Saved in Time

An Escape Story

Fiction - Science Fiction
285 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2021
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Author Biography

Francis Mont has been living in Canada for the past 40 years, after he emigrated from his native Hungary where he studied science and received a degree in Theoretical Physics. Over the years he did research, application and teaching in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. He is interested in profound questions, both in science and in social philosophy. He is a 'big picture' person, focusing on fundamental principles and the defining essence of the topic at hand. He also pursues independence and self-reliance to the best of his abilities, as his solar power system and year-around greenhouse demonstrate. He writes poetry, plays classical violin, dabbles at wood carving and has not yet stopped building the house where he and his wife and (currently) five cats live.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Saved in Time: An Escape Story is a sci-fi political thriller written by Francis Mont. At a random garage sale, Zack Dougall gets his hands on a device that he names the Time Scope. It allows him to observe events from the past by entering the exact coordinates of time and space. After unwittingly letting his discovery be known to two other men, Senator Gordon Hopkins and mob boss Joe Petuccini, the trio finds themselves working together to disqualify a Nazi sympathizer named Norman Brady from competing in the presidential elections. But it only encourages Brady to take extreme measures as he forms his own private militia to gain power. Senator Hopkins and his friends must learn from the past and accept help from an ancient civilization to stop a civil war from brewing.

Saved in Time: An Escape Story is an entertaining science fiction tale that encapsulates the concept of history repeating itself. Author Francis Mont's fast-paced narrative deftly showcases humans' tendency to repeat past mistakes in their quest for power. The cast is quite large, and multiple POVs are used to portray the varying factions involved in the narrative. The inclusion of extremely radical political factions in the plot has some accurate real-world parallels. I found Zack, Joe, Ivo, and Jenna to be my favorite characters from the bunch. I particularly enjoyed the Atlantis chapters and found the advanced civilization fascinating to read. If you're looking for an entertaining science fiction adventure sprinkled with some meta-commentary, Saved in Time: An Escape Story is the book for you.