Would you travel back in time if you knew what you would uncover about your past? Would you team up with someone to learn the secrets of time travel and share your experiences?
John Patrick Scott a concert pianist and paranormal investigator plus time traveler teams with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who is obsessed with a legendary red book whose stories he feels have come to life and rumors claim that is has rewritten its own endings.
Getting to know John we watch him create his own form of a time traveler machine and we experience his journeys and begin to unravel his past, his childhood and the memories he might choose to forget but will they haunt him in the present?
Joining the author at his home John explains about the book and how it disappears and finding a second one how the pair showed up together in an odd way. Conan Doyle explains that his wife had similar experiences with her hats, and he would experience a seance for the first time.
Two events happen simultaneously in different time periods. John fast forwards to the future and over hears a young girl at the latest type of air travel, learning her luggage, losing her money and then the sister who runs her college appears and he hears the odd interactions between them as she receives an amulet and is now inducted into done type of secret society and program as John returns to his present and is inducted into a secret society but both are based on a red book that has some basis for Sherlock Holmes mysteries. He lived the experience of the young girl and had to undergo the tests and exams to see if she was worthy of the scholarship she received. John was not John but some else.
Aliskiya Lleullne is his alter personality in the future as John enters as this young girl meeting Sister Anna and welcoming her to Peregrine Academy. Hearing Sister Anna talk about this mystifying book and wondering why he was entering her world in the future.
When Aliskiya takes her seat and her class begins the instructor explains about how to use a wand and learns it’s an extension of their power. Learning about the future and the task at hand and the result is she passed.
Time travel seems to be John Patrick’s passion and going back to his early childhood we witness the cruelties he endured at the father’s hand and his mother’s illnesses which he was blamed for. With Whit or Wendell as his main friend along with Finn who guides him and tries to center his actions, John Patrick goes back in time to many other places, finds himself as a soldier, at times the same young lady in school and then wanting to use his telepathic connection with Doyle when the both wind up as soldiers in a difficult camp.
Using a specific time piece and the use of mirrors he explains how he can reverse time or move it ahead and he is constantly hoping for more trips. But, when his timepiece needs repair he has to wait until it is serviced and during that time focuses on his music career, his teaching and planning for what is next as the infamous red book comes into play and other books that he borrows unknowingly in order to plan what is next. It is like he is obsessed with hiding from the present and moving and learning more about the past and denying his existence in the present always looking for ways to explore, learn and escape.
The author brings Freud, Jung and H.G. Wells to life in realistic encounters through what has been stated as a H. G. A. society and the secret gentleman consortium which meets once a month. Here is where it gets interesting and intertwine much of the past, future and present. Here is where Freud and Jung become part of John’s life where he shares his views about Time Traveling and the different universes he enters. He discusses how he feels that he is in two places at once and that his childhood experiences often haunt him now in his later years as he cannot seem to come to terms with them. He wants to go to China and Japan and these experiences turn him into either a child experiencing some events at the hand of different people in each country and his desire to travel even further back in time. The Secret Library is truly interesting as that is where he can access books that no one else knows about or has and where he begins to understand or want to understand the difference between the time travel and entering the Secret Library. He even has dreams that come to light and have him transported elsewhere and else when. Even more mystifying is that everyone capable of entering the Library could have a unique perception of it, even if they were all seeking the same information. Letters and meetings with Wendell and Doyle give him different perspectives and then things change.
Advancing in the musical realm, meeting with Doctor Jung he met influential people in the H.G. A. Society meetings. His life was widespread including giving piano lessons to the young girl of the family where he lived plus ghostwriting for Doyle.
Telling Jung about his experiences, his dreams in the past and in the future. He was on a serious crusade to learn more about his childhood and he wanted to learn more about the incident at the pond when he was younger. The author introduces us to many different locations where he lives, visits and time travels as we experience them along with John, Doyle, Wendell and Finn at times who comes to center him and lead him back.
The secret library opens information about time periods and he and Doyle still have their telepathic episodes and talk about them at length. Both wanting to go to ancient China.
The use of two mirrors and positioning them no one is in front of the person wanting to travel and one can see the optical illusion where your reflection, goth in front and vortex point. A focal point, or a tunnel where a time traveler can project through time. The oddest thing is when he goes to a watchmaker’s shop and it disappears and is told a shop owner in that area that the shop never existed so how did he go there twice and who fixed his time piece?
Some endings are just the start of more adventures and John’s are not ended. Doyle is his mentor and the war comes into play not only in America but Russia too. One storybook led him into the Secret Library and allowed him to immerse himself into the experience and travel back in time. What’s next and where will he go next? Who will travel with him? Telepathic communications, mind over matter, dealing with the unknown, investigating what seems odd, filled with controversy and wonder, author Elizabeth Crowens takes readers into many different realms, introduces us to a different mind set when a concert pianist and musician adds to his repertoire not just Mozart, Chopin, Hayden and Brahms, but Freud, Jung, Houdini, Wells and others of that time period as we take the journeys with him and learn the true meaning of a Silent Meridian.
Fran Lewis Just reviews