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by Justin Stanchfield
Sean thinks he’s going crazy when a girl from his nightmares appears to him on a lonely road. But the deadly enemies that are chasing her across time and space are no dream – and they will stop at nothing to destroy the future of the human race. Sean agrees to help the girl, but there’s something she’s still hiding from him… The truth is, Sean is the only one who can save mankind. He just doesn’t know it yet.
“if this doesn't get teenage boys reading, nothing will”
Daily Mail, London
Justin Stanchfield is a full-time rancher, part-time snowplough driver, private pilot and occasional musician. He first began writing as a member of a local theatre group, and has had various short stories published in magazines and online. He lives in Montana on the family ranch with his wife, two children, and a menagerie including two cats, three dogs, a pair of llamas and a quartet of hermit crabs.
The cattle were nervous, their heads up, listening from the edge of the trees along the sagebrush-covered ridge. The half-moon hadn’t risen yet, the sky so dark it seemed as if someone had fired a shotgun full of diamond dust at a sheet of black canvas. Although it was not quite September, the night air was chill, more like autumn than late summer.
A deep silence settled over the clearing. No birds called to each other, no nighthawks trilled across the Montana sky. Even the wind seemed muffled, the trees so still they might as well have been cardboard props planted in the rocky soil. The cows sensed it too, sniffing the air, puzzled by the unexpected scent of lightning. As one, they swung their heads to the west, their attention fixed on a low, undulating growl. The sound seemed to come from everywhere, and nowhere.
The herd began to move, calves staying close to their mothers as they snaked along the timber’s edge. The lead cow, a rangy black-white face with one broken horn, stopped and raised her muzzle, her nostrils flared. The lightning scent was stronger now. The smell meant one thing to her. Danger. Move. Run.
Around her, a weird glow began to play, strips of bluish light interspersed with shadows whipping across the ground as a silver disc drifted low across the sky. The herd bolted, scattering in every direction, bawling as the disc temporarily turned midnight to morning.
A dark circle opened in the belly of the thing. From it, something large and soft fell and struck the ground with a wet thud. The opening sealed itself, the disc’s surface once more smooth as eggshell. The low, thrumming note faded as the machine banked north, gathering speed.
A kilometre below, parked along a rutted gravel road, a pair of headlights sent spikes of yellow light across the valley. Inside the battered pickup, the teenage driver and his two friends stared upwards, too stunned to speak as the light climbed away and vanished among the stars.
Another rollicking sci-fi read is Timewalker by Justin Stanchfield, which gives us benign UFOs landing in the gritty cowboy country of Montana, where a very nasty group of (earthly) people is on the make and somehow needs to be outwitted by Sean and his brother.
Independent on Sunday
Timewalker achieves what it sets out to do: tell an exciting sci-fi adventure at rip-roaring pace with out-of-this-world encounters and a classic good guys versus bad guys storyline. It's a great story, told with imagination and skill.
Armadillo Online Magazine
Take one real-life Montana cowboy author and saddle him up with a wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure, and if this doesn't get teenage boys reading, nothing will. Lots of macho action.
Daily Mail, London
Full of intrigue, this is a terrific time-twist adventure with a dramatic plot that keeps its tension to the end. The epic setting, creepy atmosphere and heart-stopping action sequences will keep the blood pumping and the pages turning throughout this must-read novel.
With an epic setting, creepy atmosphere and heart-stopping action sequences, the plot of this masterful science fiction adventure will keep even the most restless reader riveted.
The Aldershot News
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