Time Waits for No One

The Chronocar Chronicles

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
159 Pages
Reviewed on 01/30/2021
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Author Biography

Steve was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom who worked nights for a printing company. She would bring home books and magazines to encourage him to read. This is how he discovered Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and the other masters of classic science fiction. It didn’t take long for him to get the itch to write. Over the years he's written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama to short stories and fan fiction.

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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.

Susan Sewell

The instructions for building a time machine, written in the early 1900s, have a flaw that could bring about the destruction of the world in the thrilling and enigmatic science fiction novel, Time Waits For No One (The Chronocar Chronicles) by Steve Bellinger. When Dr. Simmie Johnson realizes his design for a vehicle that travels back in time could alter the fabric of the universe, he tries to destroy every copy of his plan that had been published, but to date he is unsuccessful. Tony Carpenter, a young man from the twenty-first century, appears in 1919, disappears, and then returns. Every time Tony arrives, something goes wrong. To correct some mishaps his arrivals cause, Tony ignores Dr. Johnson's protests and again uses the machine. Unfortunately, his attempts only make things worse, and now the fate of the world is at stake. Can Tony undo what he has done? Or is it too late?

Time Waits For No One (The Chronocar Chronicles) by Steve Bellinger is a breathtaking adventure that centers around time travel dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. Smoothly shifting between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the plot and characters meld well, creating a fascinating storyline. Skillfully depicted, Mr. Bellinger is very creative with his technology, giving his car and scientific theory a realistic feel. With a few twists in the fabric of the story, there are some intriguing elements woven into the plot that caught me by surprise at the conclusion of the book. With relatable characters and a clever storyline, it is a fascinating novel that will thrill science fiction fans who relish stories that travel back in time.