Fans of The Time Portal series know that the main character is called Lucky Campo, and that he gained the power of time travel after a horrific accident. In this book the author, Joe Corso, takes the reader back to Lucky’s terrible ‘accident,’ and explains how, and why it happened.
The story is told in the form of a meeting at the Astoria Safe House between Lucky and Professor Lindstrom. At the meeting, Lucky recounts to the professor what happened when he was kidnapped, and woke up in a hospital room, at an unknown location, securely tied to the metal frame of his bed.
Eventually, he discovers that he is in a medical facility in Huntingdon, Long Island owned by Ivan Stross. He is being questioned by a Dr Gustav Abrams, and finds himself enjoying recounting how he gained his powers, and explaining what they are to the doctor.
Of course, the doctor doesn’t believe him. However, after consideration, he cannot resist humouring Lucky, by taking him up his offer to travel with him to another time through one of the portals.
Stepping with Lucky into the portal, the doctor soon discovers to his amazement that Lucky is telling the truth, as they travel back through the centuries, stopping off in Egypt and ancient Rome, before going to Medieval England, where he meets Lucky’s wife and children.
However, he is soon to learn that everything has a price, Lucky needs to know who captured him and why. After reassurance that he, and his family can be protected, the doctor agrees to help…
Back in the present time, Lucky and friends have to first get the doctor and his family safe, then they set about teaching Ivan Stross, and Lionel Sturm, his assistant, and the person who kidnapped Lucky a lesson, or two.
It doesn’t matter whether you have read Joe Corso’s The Time Portal series of books or not, this book stands alone. I have read them all, and yet thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Lucky’s accident. One thing I am sure of though is that once you have read this book, you will not be able to resist The Time Portal series, and trust me, you will not be disappointed!
About the Author: Korean Veteran, Retired FDNY. Grew up in Queens, New York and started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my writing 27 books (so far) while garnering 18 awards.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.
The STARLIGHT CLUB
1 AWARDED SILVER in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’.
2 Won HONORABLE MENTION in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
3 IPPY award FINALIST in 2014.
4 AWARDED the Gold Seal in 2014 as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST.
5 Won FINALIST in the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY
6 Won BRONZE on August 25, 2014 in the CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association) in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
7 AWARDED FINALIST in the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book awards.
8 Included in Shelf Unbound’s 100 best Indie Books of 2015 as a NOTABLE INDIE
THE LONE JACK KID
AWARDED ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 READER’S FAVORITE in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
THE REVENGE OF JOHN W.
Awarded 2nd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/WESTERN category.
FIRE: BOX 598′ (Short Story)
won BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION’ category.
1 ‘AWARDED GOLD in the 2015 eLit contest in the HISTORICAL FICTION category.
2 ‘COVER won DaVINCI FINALIST in the 2015 ERIC HOFFER book contest.
3 ‘Given a 5 STAR REVIEW by READER’S FAVORITE in May 2015
4 “2015 BEST COVER AWARD by BooksGoSocial.com and was awarded a cash prize by Lawrence O’Brian of Dublan, Ireland. Voting performed by the public and judges.
5 Awarded 3rd place in the 2015, 21st annual C.I.P.A. E.V.V.Y. Book awards in the FICTION/HISTORICAL category.
TOMMY TOPPER AND THE PIXIE PRINCESS
Was given a 5 STAR REVIEW by Readers Favorite.
Awarded FINALIST at the 2015 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD CEREMONY held in Miami.
‘ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES 1, 2, 3’
Awarded SILVER in the 2015 eLit contest in the ‘ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION category.
THE OLD MAN AND THE KING: Golden Earphones Award Winner
by Joe Corso | Read by Al Benelli
Mystery & Suspense * 5.75 hrs. * Unabridged * © 2013
This entertaining thriller features an improbable hero, Lom, a 72-year-old Korean war veteran who’s still a crack shot. He quickly sets out to save Toby, the king of a fictitious country who’s hiding out in Lom’s favorite diner after dodging an attempted assassination on a New York City street. Narrator Al Benelli portrays the male characters in this slightly wacky story with verve and a spirit of adventure. He sets the stage for Lom’s adventures with a fluid delivery and excellent pacing. Further, his interpretations intensify the political machinations and international chicanery in the king’s fictitious country. He intensifies the brutality of the mobster and his hired killers and sounds fittingly concerned as Lom’s girlfriend, Martha. Overall, Benelli presents a completely entertaining audio. S.C.A. Winner of AudioFile Golden Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2015]
About the Book: Because of his skills, the CIA coerced Lucky Campo, jewel thief extraordinaire into joining the agency. Time passed, and one morning he awakened to find himself handcuffed to a bed without any recollection of how he got there. After being drugged and questioned, he discovered that his kidnappers had received stolen top-secret CIA information that Campo is a time traveler. His captives eager to learn if the information they have received is true use a new type of truth serum in an attempt to get him to divulge his secret, the secret of how he can travel in time.
While Lucky languishes in the hospital prison, his thoughts drift to when he was captured during a robbery and given a choice. It was either jail or join the CIA, so with no other option he joined… but with the proviso that his pal Mickey was a part of the deal.
He thought of how his boss Dirk Sommerville tried to assassinate him by rigging the building with explosives and timing it to explode when he entered the building. The explosion almost killed him. His brain and eyesight were severely injured. Upon recovering he discovered that when the doctors operated on his brain they inadvertently did something during the operation, which allowed him to see the curtains of light, the gateways that cut a wormhole through time itself. He remembered how the gateways took him from the CIA to the Crusades, from the Gladiators in ancient Rome, from nuclear weapons to safe houses, until he found himself in the situation he was now in.
How Lucky escapes is only the beginning of his adventures.
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