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Time Fall (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Timothy Ashby

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“History buffs will delight in the World War II backdrop, but the book’s action, style and unremitting pace make it a triumph across-the-board.” Kirkus Reviews
An October 2013 Thriller of the Month:
A Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
Lt. Art Sutton and his war-weary Special Forces team parachute into Nazi Germany in 1945 to destroy targets behind enemy lines. What they don't know: during the jump they have somehow warped through time. They land in deeply forested Germany--in 2011. They start blowing things up. The young soldiers feel like heroes; the present-day German police hunt them down like the terrorists they appear to be; US forensics experts race to uncover the identity of a mysteriously intact body wearing WWII dog tags. What is good? Who is evil? Filled with action, historically accurate detail, and even romance, this complex tale will keep you riveted through every surprising and intriguing twist.

Biographie de l'auteur

Timothy Ashby has worked as a lawyer, government official, and counterterrorism consultant with Top Secret security clearances. Visit his blog at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 356 pages
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  • Editeur : Author Planet Press (12 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00D4WEQQ0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Time Fall 20 août 2013
Par Gorman Carolyn Rae - Publié sur
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Time Fall by Timothy Ashby is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. I was dubious about the plot at first, wondering how the author could make a "time warp" scenario credible. But Ashby pulls it off skillfully, due to obvious mastery of the subject matter (derived from his background in counter-terrorism for the U.S. government) and an excellent vocabulary and ability to turn a phrase.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters during which present-day Germans try to convince World War II soldiers that the war is long over and the year is 2011. Ashby uses terrific examples of how one might accomplish this, and I found myself thinking about what I would say to these fellows or offer up as proof.

The story flows smoothly. I was hooked immediately and read it in a couple of days.

Can't wait for the movie!!

Carolyn Gorman
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 WWII Historical Fiction--With a Time Twist 10 mars 2013
Par John E Eipper - Publié sur
Timothy Ashby's novels give you a double shot of historical espresso: whereas his 2011 Devil's Den juxtaposed the US Civil War with the corrupt, Roarin' 1920s, his latest work, Time Fall, is set simultaneously in WWII and present-day Germany. The novel opens by introducing Hanno Kasper, a 12 year-old Hitler Youth drafted into the Wehrmacht, who receives the Iron Cross from a palsy-stricken Adolf Hitler in the final weeks of the war. Fast forward to the present day: in 2011, Kasper is Germany's buff and vibrant 78 year-old anti-terrorism czar, who wields near-absolute power over national security. We quickly learn that he is also an unrepentant Nazi, who carries his Iron Cross as a symbol of the Fuhrer's eternal guidance.

Kasper will become the antagonist of a top-secret US squad of Army Rangers who parachute into Germany in April 1945, a six-man special ops team led by Arthur Sutton, a wholesome, college-educated lieutenant from Missouri. His crew includes Sgt Hugo Roth, a German-born Jew from New Jersey, with a personal vendetta to kill as many Germans as possible, together with four privates from across the US. The novel's central twist occurs when they jump out of the airplane--thus begins the Time Fall--and somehow land in a prosperous Bavaria of 2011, a brightly lit wooded paradise of Porsches, flat-screen TVs, and the International Herald Tribune.

The commandos of "Operation Bandstand" had been tasked with carrying out sabotage and assassination behind enemy lines. They begin their operations as ordered, using period weaponry and 1945-era maps. Their first strike is supposedly against an SS training base, where they manage to kill a number of uniformed soldiers. It just so happens that these "Nazis" are Jihadist sleeper operatives disguised as Bavarian police, who had been using the abandoned military base to train for a terrorist mission against an international youth conference.

Kasper is called in, and he goes on the trail of the two different "terrorist" bands--one in bogus German uniforms and the other, inexplicably, dressed in WWII American kit. As a ruthless xenophobe, Kasper strokes his Hitler Talisman while pledging to exterminate them one and all.

In the meantime, Lt Sutton, who had been knocked unconscious by a grenade, is left by his comrades to recuperate in the home of a superannuated former Luftwaffe pilot, Major von Scheller. The invalid Major's granddaughter Paula, a young medical student, nurses Sutton back to health. Gradually, Sutton is brought to the realization that something very strange has happened, and that he and his crew experienced a 66-year time warp during their parachute jump. He and Paula then set off on the mission to save the American team from Kasper's wrath--and, just as you'd expect, a budding romance ensues.

Time Fall is a far more ambitious undertaking than Devil's Den, as it requires the reader not only to suspend historical disbelief, but also to put aside the known laws of physics. How can a squad of US soldiers emerge intact from a 66-year limbo? Yet through his attention to historical detail, both for 1945 and the present day, Tim creates a fully believable time odyssey: except for the central supernatural "hook," the novel's vraisemblance is meticulously executed. There's no science fiction mumbo-jumbo. While I find myself identifying with Seth Armitage, the hero of Devil's Den, more than with Lt Sutton (perhaps it's the former's Dartmouth connection, although I find Seth to have more psychological depth), Time Fall is a brilliantly constructed story that poses the fundamental question: would yesterday's "freedom fighters" be branded as terrorists today? Also, through the despicable figure of Hanno Kasper, Tim raises troubling questions about the persistence of WWII-era thinking in a Germany we see as liberal, democratic, and peace-loving.

The only problem with placing WWII characters in a present-day setting is that it quickly dates the novel: in 10 years, the iPads and Obamas of 2011-'12 may seem as antiquated as FDR and Benny Goodman do to us today. On the other hand, through the characters of Major von Scheller, Kasper, and the octogenarian "widow" of one of the American troops, Tim takes advantage of a waning moment in history. It is no longer possible for survivors of the Great War to inhabit the present day, and (sadly) the window of living memory for WWII is beginning to shut as well.

I recommend Time Fall to readers interested in WWII "what if?" scenarios, as well as to anyone who appreciates an intricately crafted novel. Now two-for-two in the genre, Tim Ashby is emerging as a master of historical fiction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Straight-up time-travel. Excellent 6 juillet 2013
Par Sword - Publié sur
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Clearly, this author has drawn upon a wealth of life-experiences and education to produce a story like this one. This book is beyond well-researched, fast-paced, and is tightly character-driven.

One point that I must mention in praise of this book: the characters in this highly entertaining story react REALISTICALLY when they are presented with the information that they have somehow traveled through time. The characters react with disbelief and incredulity. And it takes more than five minutes of simplistic arguments to change their minds and to convince them of the reality of their situation. Even once the characters begin to suspect that the fact that they've been displaced in time might be true......they still stubbornly resist the idea. Now THAT is the way that real human beings would actually react under such fantastic circumstances. Real human beings wouldn't instantly buy into the concept that they had been relocated to a different century -- not even with modern "toys" to convince them. In far too many time-travel stories, the characters just accept the idea that someone that they've met hails from a different time......with no hiccups getting their mind around the idea, and with no on-going astonishment. As if such things happened on a regular basis. For me, a too-easy acceptance of astoundingly extraordinary circumstances by the characters in a story is a distraction, at best. And it's a story-killer at worst.

By way of mild criticism, I will mention that I found it a bit difficult to suspend disbelief over the concept of high officials and entire paramilitary units of the present-day German government harboring semi-secret retro-Nazi sympathies. Not to mention my having difficulty over the idea that they'd be giving each other the Nazi salute and saying "Sieg Heil!" From what I understand, Nazi salutes and Nazi symbolism are illegal in modern-day Germany -- that the display of those symbols and gestures from the past are a direct violation of current German federal law. Not that it never happens anywhere in contemporary Germany (it does) -- but for greatly admired figures with strong influence at the very top of the German government, as well as the men who answer to them within that government structure to be practicing old-style Nazis.......? I just have a hard time buying that idea.

But all-in-all: this is a superb book. Time-travel story-telling as it should be done. Greatly entertaining, and highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great "what if" novel! 22 novembre 2013
Par Ron Weber - Publié sur
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I really like "what if" novels, and this one delivers bog time. It's about an elite unit of american troops that drop from a plane over Nazi Germany in 1945, but actually "time travel" during their drop into present day, where instead of Nazi Germany there's modern life, very different, Germany. The soldiers themselves are unaware of the transition, and they believe they are still in 1945.
This calls for some interesting conflicts throughout the novel. If you're like me and like that kind of stories, than this is a must read!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpectedly good read 7 mai 2014
Par Brian H - Publié sur
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Part history, part present, part Sci-fi. I enjoyed this from the start to the end. Definitely recommend it to anyone interested in WWII history and sci-fi
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