When Steve Bellinger contacted me, I knew right away that I wanted to read and review The Chronocar. The book is about Tony Carpenter, a Tech student who discovers an old article written by Sammie Johnson. Sammie was born a genius, but because he was born a son of a slave his ethnicity kept him from publicly sharing his ideas on time travel. Sammie was able to publish his theory in the Negro Journal of Science and this is where Tony found it almost a century later. With modern technology, Tony created the Chronocar and traveled back to 1919 to meet the man whose theories made time travel possible. What Tony hadn’t anticipated was how complicated traveling in the past could be. He finds himself in a turn of events that could possibly disturb the future he once knew.
I rarely pour out my praise on a book, but Steve Bellinger did a fabulous job in writing The Chronocar. From the beginning, the story grabbed my attention and I was immediately transported into the lives, and times, of Sammie Johnson and Tony Carpenter. The story was easy to follow, even with all the scientific jargon about time and space, and it held my interest through to the end.
At one point in the story I was flabbergasted at how Tony’s appearance in the past caused such a domino effect on the lives of those he encountered. So much so, I had to put the book down for a bit to ponder the mess he had gotten himself into! Now, when I have to put a book down to think about the circumstances surrounding a character, well, that gives you an indication of how much I have invested myself in the story. What a great job the author did in endearing his characters to me.
I don’t want to give the ending away, but I will say the ending surprised me. I didn’t see it coming at all! It was such a surprised ending that I had to talk about it after I read it. My husband listened to my rants about how the ending wasn’t what I had expected. He was very supportive as I shared my feelings and told me it must have been a good story for me to discuss it this much afterward. Yes, yes it was a good story.
Steve Bellinger’s writing and storytelling made a fan out of me. Plus, did I mention he is a Star Trek fan? After reading The Chronocar, I checked out his bio on his website and was happy to learn I had something in common with him. Yeah, he’s a fellow Trekkie! And I also discovered he has another book coming out soon, Edge of Perception. I couldn’t find a synopsis on this new book, but I’m still looking forward to reading it.
Now for my recommendations…
Since this book isn’t very long and it’s easy to read, I would recommend this book to kids in the 5th or 6th grade. The story is interesting enough to grab their attention and I think they will get a lot of enjoyment out of reading The Chronocar. Older audiences will also enjoy Steve Bellinger’s book because the story is complicated enough to keep an adult’s attention as well.
*** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ***