Time Square


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
216 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2014
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Time Square: UFO by S.W. Lothian is the fourth straight winner from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed Lothian’s The Quest series, so I approached this first volume in the new Time Square series in anticipation of another literary treat. I was not disappointed. Time Square: UFO begins a new series of adventures for a time-travelling team of young teens. A well-meaning archaeologist brings home an ancient artifact long hidden in Machu Picchu, triggering an inadvertent time-shift. As a result, some 163 time travelers, already en route to other times and places, found themselves stranded in times and places they did not expect. After a momentary panic, a project called “Slingshot” was begun to track down and rescue the missing travelers. UFO launches the first such rescue effort as our young heroes travel to 1947 Roswell, New Mexico, in search of Wilbur Force who was lost while attempting to visit an earlier time and a distant place. In the process, they encounter the beginning of a major military cover-up, and deal with the machinations of an overly eager, somewhat delusional “mad” scientist/inventor.

Time Square: UFO is brilliantly conceived and very well-written. This is a story kids of all ages will devour. Many clever plays-on-words are liberally sprinkled throughout the book, adding a bonus element of humor to an already captivating story line. The gadgets available to the team of time travelers are humorously reminiscent of the old “Get Smart” television series. The utility pen carried by the team leader is capable of doing almost anything, except whatever it is they need it to do at any given moment. Lothian conveys a subtle but pervasive sense of humor throughout this book, which will be a significant draw with younger readers, up to roughly 90 or so years of age. Time Square: UFO is an excellent introductory episode of a new series I fully expect will become quite popular, quite quickly. Don’t wait any longer; get your copy of Time Square: UFO right away, and avoid the rush! This book will make a superb gift for the reluctant reader(s) on your Christmas shopping list. They will certainly appreciate it, once they've finished reading the story.