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The best thing about this novel is its sustained level of imagination. The author shows solid storytelling instincts in his pacing and his treatment of his readers. He makes good on his fictional promises and continues to surprise.

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Luke Sherwood

This is a very long book and I was surprised by my willingness to stay with it. Of course, this means it is a very good story. Although they are somewhat entwined, there are three threads woven through this futuristic tale. Here futuristic doesn’t mean an earth beyond recognition, but it does mean time travel.

The first thread consists of six college students who want to be recognized for their talents, receive lucrative job offers, and a PhD. They have been selected to work on an upgraded security screening device for airports. Humans are known for a certain amount of clumsy stumbling and that is what happens here. Their wiring is somewhat fried and suddenly they’ve developed something out of this world: a time machine. After a suitcase is sent out and returned, the cat goes next, and the next logical step is a human. If one gets to go, why not all of them? In their excitement, they are unable to keep their secret for long and, although they continue to fine tune their machine, they are forbidden to time travel again.

The second thread is the military grab for the machine involving power plays, the occasional threat, and who has the best financing. During this time two students, Phil and Yeti, are the most involved with the time machine. The others have pretty much moved on to other things.

The third thread is the most powerful part of the book. This is the telling of what it takes to prepare a military team to be prepped for time travel. One of the interesting parts is that the time machine will only travel one thousand years back in time and then it will return back to home base on command. It’s very attention grabbing when the reader is led through the training required to prepare the team for old England and the Saxons. Who knew they might one day need to be able to skewer everybody and everything with a sword, knife, or even a stick?
My question is, and always has been, at which point is the timeline of history compromised? Is it when someone stays in the past, dies in the past, or someone comes to the future? Also, how can one travel completely without the doo-dads of their time, such as aspirin, shampoo, and ,obviously, deodorant? There is some mention of how important it is to keep one’s loin cloth clean. Yuck. The last third of the book is where the story really takes off and I couldn’t put it down. I was drawn into the need to help some people, but always remembering the native population is to lead their lives as they normally would. That’s a tough one when you remember you have an aspirin in your fanny pack!

I believe most readers will find the author has laid out a well-done story that draws you simply because it’s easy to place yourself in this tale of the past, when it was a tale of the future.

Now for the rating:

Genre and general reading age – This is a futuristic fantasy for older teens and adults, just because there is a lot of story.
Level of sexuality – Low.
Is there graphic language? Low, if any.
Did I cry? No.
Did I laugh? No.
Level of character development – These characters were set at a high level of development and, thankfully, had nowhere else to go.
Is this part of a series? No.

I don’t think I will ever look at time traveling as a ‘well, what are you going to do’ type of story ever again. Anyone who is interested in a ‘what if’ will be totally engrossed and that is why I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars!

Silent Stocker


How long has it been since you were able to get into a really good book and find a long-term companion? Traveller-Inceptio pulls you in from the first page as you realize this man, Michael, does not belong here. Not your ordinary traveler; not an ordinary man finding himself in extraordinary circumstances. After momentary disorientation, he becomes alert to his surroundings. He is intelligent and well trained–but where is he exactly? The forest is pristine, almost magical, and ethereal even to the point where he might imagine fairy folk, playing quietly in the warming sun, until the wolf makes itself known. The reader is then sent to present day academia and introduced to a companionable group of graduate students, tight with familiarity, respect for each other, and goal oriented toward that final step–their doctorates. Each brings to the table their field of expertise and the work is tight, with the exception of Yeti, Phil’s close buddy, whose sole contribution to the group seems to be that of comic relief. The geeky female, Mel, is joined by Allen and Chris. They meet to form the research team that collectively, with the accident provided by Yeti, creates a machine that will not only impact their Australia, but that of the US, UK and ultimately the rest of the world. The story weaves back and forth from Michael, who becomes principal protagonist and his discovery by a local village, to the original research team that quickly expands to include governmental, militaristic, and scientific minds from the countries claiming discovery rights. Between the fight for Michael’s survival and domain rights of the technology, the plot never slows or bogs down, through the ultimate and deadly clash with the barbaric Vikings in Saxon England. Will Michael survive? Should modern technology be employed? The female protagonist, Tatae, is immensely enchanting, mysterious, and endearing; a beautifully fleshed out character, as are Michael, and most of his powerful team. This is a fascinating peek into early eleventh century life. You’ll swear you could smell the smoke of the fires, the odor of the huntsmen, and see the grime of the farmers. Feel the terror of the invading horde and wonder how any survived. I was given this volume in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved the people, the plot, and the way the story weaved back and forth to knit together the whole picture. While I’ve read other books this long, I felt this would make a great series. It is in need of a comprehensive edit to catch those problems missed early and I have it on good authority that is in the process. If you can overlook the occasional four letter words, you’ll have a superb fiction tale with a non-fiction sense of the history of England.

V Williams

Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford is a science fiction time travel novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of science fiction lovers who are adults and young adults.

It is a fast-paced novel that quickly pulled me into its plot. I really enjoyed Rob’s writing style and his use of figurative language to create a crystal clear picture of events and characters in my head.

I greatly enjoyed reading the book and I felt like I was transported to medieval Saxon England right alongside the travelers!

Sefina Hawke

I am a sucker for a great time travel story.

Rob Shackleford has done his research and the result is a rousing adventure with a great premise. Alternating the chapters that take place now with chapters that occur in England of a thousand years ago is a great way to keep the pace and flow moving ahead.

For me, the most entertaining portion of Traveller – Inceptio is the life of a modern man in an ancient time. He must reason and knows a lot more about how the world works. But he also must fight, and being a modern man in that area has no advantages unless you are well trained and used to violence.

There are a lot of great scenes and interesting situations in Traveller – Inceptio, but for me, there is a love story that topped all the others.

Ray Simmons

Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford is a historical science fiction novel that blew my mind.

The past world is filled with great detail and funny incidents that left me laughing. At the beginning, the story starts off a bit slowly but quickly picks up the pace until the conclusion. The author portrayed the Saxon world in such vivid detail that I could ‘see’ and relate to the people in the past. Traveller – Inceptio shows the ugliness of war in a graphic but thought provoking way. I really enjoyed this awesome book.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Inceptio by Rob Shackleford is a great entry in the Traveller series, a compelling story that brilliantly combines science fiction and adventure to create great entertainment for readers.

I have read a lot of sci-fi that features time travel, but Rob Shackleford’s work deals with the subject from a unique angle. The question “Can past history be judged by the achievements of our age?” will find a very creative and intelligent answer in this story. Inceptio is fast-paced and well-plotted to keep the reader engaged throughout.

Romuald Dzemo

Wow! Just, wow! I so enjoyed Traveller-Inceptio. Author Rob Shackleford has done a fantastic job in creating characters that his readers will connect with, relate to, and truly come to care about. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is.

Chris Fischer

I loved the Traveller Inceptio …I enjoyed the research and the history…it was so amazingly detailed I swear the author actually visited 1000 years ago. I would recommend this book to every avid reader.


Really good! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Traveller Inceptio is well-researched and a page-turner from the start.

JohnCaloundra, Australia