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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
The Flight of the Schimmerplotz: Alias Brains and Brawn Book 1 by Charles A. Salter is a Christian thriller bursting with fun, excitement, and humor. This short work will have you speeding through the pages in no time, all the while entertaining you and keeping you invested in an interesting story of biblical proportions. The suspenseful mystery begins with a shimmering but deadly window hovering in Battery Park. It terrifies Brex, aka Dr. Brains Herndon, and his goddaughter Sara. Brex is the smartest human in the universe. Brex and his partner/bodyguard/best friend Agent Jacks "Brawn" Rigalto (Sara's father) work for the Cosmic Intelligence Group, which is part of the US Space Force, and together they find out that a hostile takeover of the world is underway, with origins that go back to the Tower of Babel. This window is a time-traveling window that transports them to different times in history, where they work to solve the conspiracy and conquer lethal creatures and humanlike giants in order to save the world.
Salter uses an energetic style to combine the ancient with the futuristic, resulting in a dynamic-duo tale that has you guessing and giggling all the way. This author's imagination is what really drives the story, and you'll find yourself caught up in the plot right away. The sense of humor sets this book apart from most other time travel/space fantasy adventures, which is a breath of fresh air. The unique characters are clearly defined and full of life and quirks, the pacing is just right for this type of story, and the suspense is well-timed. The fact that the story reaches back to the Tower of Babel will appeal to anyone familiar with the account and is the centerpiece of the story. I like that the plot is easy to follow and that the author takes time to introduce us to the characters and their families/home life, and of course BigBear their dog. The bond the characters have with one another is appealing, especially between Brex and Jacks--alpha male and diminutive genius are best friends. The Flight of the Schimmerplotz by Charles A. Salter is a great escape with heart and humor.