Behind the scenes
of the time travel book, The Time Cruisers in The Exodus Trap
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First, for those who haven't heard of the Time
Cruisers, you might be asking what the book is about. Just to
make it simple, here's the official book description.
A search for a missing scientist,
responsible for the Philadelphia Experiment during World War II,
takes his son, Ronald Montgomery, and his friends on an
exciting, epic-sized time travel adventure through biblical
history and beyond.
While on his journey, he must confront incredible odds, facing
the likes of Pharaoh's army, and Adolf Hitlerís Nazi soldiers
and villainous right hand man, Bastian Wolfe. Joining him on
this adventure are his prospective love interest, Mary, his
rival for her affections, Mack, Professor Jack Warren, and a
mysterious government agent named John Martin.
Along the way, this group of time traveling adventurers will
also encounter Noah, Moses, and even the Biblical strong man,
Samson. Relive the Bibleís greatest adventures through the eyes
of our heroes, and learn the secrets of Americaís underground
time travel organization, known as ATTA, sworn to defend America
from all enemies, past, present, and future.
I'm not sure how far behind the scenes you
can go with a book, but what I will attempt to do is show you
just what all went on behind the thought processes of my writing
this book, plus give you some insights in the history of the
characters and situations presented in the book.
The Philadelphia Experiment
First off, the book's basic foundation
starts with the legendary Philadelphia Experiment. Many books
have been written about the subject, and there have even a couple of
being one of my favorite time travel
movies of all time, the second was a straight to video movie
that isn't really worth bothering
with. If you haven't heard of the Philadelphia Experiment
wiki has a page on it you can check out. It's basically a
World War II era legend that
involved Albert Einstein and an experiment that was done in an
attempt to make a
US Navy ship invisible to radar. That ship, the USS Eldridge, was said to
have teleported to Norfolk, Virginia, over 200 miles away, and,
onboard, as a result, some of the men had actually become
mysteriously welded to the hull
of the ship.
The speculation, of course, was that the
experiment actually had bent time and space, basically creating
a ship that had managed to sail through time. This tale always had
a great fascination
for me, especially the idea that our government may have gone to
great lengths to cover it up, and the supposed eye witness
testimonies of sailors appearing and disappearing in various
places. Sure it probably didn't happen, but
it sure makes for a great story, and who knows, maybe it did
That's where the Time Cruisers' story
begins during that fateful experiment on October 28, 1943. It's
this experiment that leads to one of the main characters, a
1950's teenager named Ronald Montgomery, on a search for his
father, who was responsible for the Philadelphia Experiment
along with Albert Einstein, through the corridors of time.
Time-Rider Becomes Agent John Martin
Agent John Martin is the book's hero. He's a
secret agent who works for a government agency that is sworn to
protect America from time manipulation and the Nazi threat. Originally, John Martin
was, and still is, known at Superherouniverse.com as the
Time-Rider superhero in a series of
Officially, in the SU world, Agent Martin
is a part of what is known as the
timeline, a timeline that existed before the current SU timeline
where John Martin is a time traveling superhero. If all this
sounds a bit complicated, don't worry, the book is pretty much
self-contained. You don't need to know Time-Rider's history to
enjoy the book, which was the point of creating a new timeline
for the book series. I wanted to make the book's
world as simple as possible so anyone could jump on board and
enjoy it. As it is, time travel can be rather
complicated at times, anyway.
book, Agent Martin is sort of James Bond meets Indiana
Jones. He's originally a country boy from the backwoods of
Tennessee, so he doesn't offer a outer appearance of
sophistication necessarily, but when it comes to saving the day,
you can count on Martin to do amazing things.
I wanted a story that hearkened back to
the kind of action and mystery that was found in the Raiders of the Lost Ark
movie. I've always felt they never made enough of those movies.
There are so many things that Indiana Jones could have explored.
As far as mysteries from the Bible, the Ark of the
Covenant was just the tip of the iceberg. Why didn't Jones ever
go any further? Instead, he went to the Temple of Doom
going back to basics on the Last Crusade.
The fourth movie, of course, had nothing to do with anything
relating to biblical history.
Another good set
of movies with a similar type of fasten your seat belt kind of action were the Mummy movies
Fraser. All of these movies hearkened back to the
classic Saturday matinee movie serials where the hero would
always wind up hanging from a cliff for dear life before the words
"to be continued" lit up the screen.
But what if another action adventurer from
back in the '40's was able to actually travel back in time to the
origination of his quests, and, in this case, back to the biblical events
Those are some of the
ideas that went into my thought processes. I wanted a
story about a hero who had those same kind of epic adventures,
but maybe even larger. What better way to do that than time
travel? I wanted an old fashioned hero who wasn't afraid to
fight, or shoot at a bad guy. He doesn't necessarily want to
kill anybody of course, but he will, in a heart beat, defend
himself and others when need be. John Martin is that kind of
guy. He has a strong sense of right and wrong. While he may not
have all the answers, he recognizes the difference between good
and evil easily. Just like it was for the military heroes of
World War II in general, there wasn't time for him to have grand
debates about the most miniscule politically correct course of
action. It's act fast or die, and
think about what happened, and how it could have been done
differently later, when the lives of your friends, family, or the
entire nation are not hanging in the balance.
The Bible Scenes
One of the reasons, I wanted the Time
Cruisers' first adventure to involve going back in time to see
great biblical events, is that, for the most part, I couldn't
think of anything I've seen or read that incorporated time
travel and the Bible other than an episode of the 60's show, The Time Tunnel
featuring Joshua, and one brief scene on the 80's
time travel show the Voyagers
where the travelers place baby
Moses back into the Nile. There could be other instances, but
those are the only ones that come to my mind.
I thought to myself, why aren't there more stories of such nature, considering how many movies have
been done about Bible characters and stories over the years? No one seems to want to ask the question, what would it be
like if a person could travel back in time and see those miracles as
from the book all came from a small town in Tennessee during the 1950's,
within an area that, even today, is known as the Bible Belt. So,
for these characters, these scenes have a great sense
of wonderment. They get to basically live out stories
they have heard all their lives.
I tried to write the story, knowing who
the characters were in my mind, and then, as if I were watching
them act it out, as they went through their various adventures. I
also, of course, tried to imagine how I would feel if I were
seeing the Red Sea part, or watched the animals going inside
Noah's ark. Talk about a faith builder, seeing the Bible come to
life would be an amazing experience.
The Bad Guys
Every action adventure story has to have a bad guy, or bad guys,
and this story has an entire army of them, an army of Nazis led
by Adolf Hitler and his evil right hand man,
Bastian Wolfe. Wolfe is Agent Martin's Lex Luthor. He's the
flip side of the same coin, only the evil side, of course. When
you read about Wolfe's beginnings in the
Time Cruisers, you'll see how easily life can send someone
the wrong direction, by a simple twist of fate, or an expected
trip through time.
Bastian is an living contradiction. He
doesn't hesitate to murder or steal. He holds little value to
life, yet, for reasons found in our story, he will not lie.
In fact, he looks down upon those that do as having a failed
character. To him, keeping one's word is a thing of honor. All
those things are true, but how ironic in a man who holds
contempt for all human life.
only person who seems to stand in his way of restoring the Third
Reich to its former glory, is the freedom loving Agent Martin.
Thus, the two must forever be entangled in a war that spans the
centuries through time!
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