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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Time Waits For No One by Steve Bellinger is time travel fiction at its finest. As the story begins, we learn that an inventor early in the twentieth century developed plans for a time travel machine that would actually work, once technology caught up to his ideas. He published his plans in an obscure book that was made available to the public. Time Waits For No One is the story of what happens as random people find the book and develop their own machine based on the inventor’s plans. We see what happens to several time travelers, but most of the book is devoted to a young man named Tony Carpenter who gets involved reluctantly after trying to help an old lady. He thinks the whole thing is crazy and he plans to walk away from it all until strange things begin to happen. Soon, Tony finds himself so deeply involved that he can no longer find a way out.
I’ve read many time travel novels in the past but Time Waits For No One by Steve Bellinger is now my absolute favorite. It has everything a story of time traveling should have; a brilliant inventor, a cool hi-tech time machine, a likable protagonist who innocently gets caught between time periods, a plot full of twists and turns, and a fast-moving narrative that barrels through time like a runaway train. All of these elements are woven together perfectly to make a tale that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. According to the book’s description, this novel is the second book in a series. Never once while I was reading it did I feel like I was missing anything by not having read the first book. It seemed completely self-contained as far as I was concerned. I highly recommend Time Waits For No One as a fun, exciting, and thought-provoking time travel story.