Hi and thanks for reading.

 

Book 2 of Traveller, titled Traveller Probo – to research, evaluate and prove –
is now available on line in an eBook format.

 

Any author will attest that writing is only part of the journey. There is also the uncertainty, self-criticism, rewriting, editing, and more rewriting.

After the unending efforts for Traveller Inceptio – Traveller 1, I have finally completed and published Traveller Probo – Traveller 2.

It is a Traveller sequel and, though I believe it can stand alone, is best read after Traveller Inceptio.

For any who may not have yet read Traveller Inceptio, these books examine the interaction of modern humanity with peoples who lived one thousand years ago. I have made every effort to faithfully research and record the history of the time, while making use of comments from eminent historians and experts. Any historical research errors are mine.

 

Here is a precis of Traveller Probo:Traveller Probo by Rob Shackleford

Would you survive if sent one-thousand years into the past?

Development of the Transporter saw highly trained researchers, called Travellers, successfully sent one-thousand years back in time to early medieval Saxon England.

Traveller Missions now mean enormous national prestige and the recovery of valuable lost artefacts and knowledge, so nations vie for the use of the Transporter and more daring Traveller missions are planned.

To ensure this takes place in an equitable way, Transporter Corp is established. Consisting of owners, historians and other interested parties, the user-pays system also allows for smaller nations to engage in Traveller research at no cost through a lottery. The first of these missions is in New Zealand.

Traveller Probo examinees the politics of the Transporter and the missions of New Zealand and Byzantium, in modern Turkey.

But it is confirmed that sending highly trained Travellers, even if sourced from modern military elite, is still fraught with danger. Special Forces researchers have to be even better trained, better equipped, and prepared to put their lives on the line.

As the study of History becomes hotly contested, politics and power soon come into play.

While Michael Hunter continues to build a life in Saxon England, the tragically injured Traveller, Tony Osborne, finds his resurgence in a mission to ancient Turkey, and Professor Adrian Taylor seeks to better outmanoeuvre his contentious colleagues.

From the misty shores of New Zealand to the shining splendour of the ancient Byzantine Empire, it is soon learned that sending modern researchers into the past is not without its rewards, and pitfalls.

There are a couple of points I would like to explain:

  1. Book Names.

I soon discovered ‘Traveller’ was one of the most clichéd book names, with literally hundreds of novels, stories and articles named as such. I was kind of committed to the name Traveller, but decided to add a unique component in line with Latin, which was the lingua franca of the time.

Hence Traveller Inceptio – means beginning, and Traveller Probo – which is to research and prove.

I hope I haven’t been too much of a smarty-pants in doing this.

  1. Book Length

There have been a few comments that the books are long, especially when compared to the minimal length the modern publishing market often desires. Though about 550 pages in print, the large font on e-books gives the impression of intimidating enormity. This was not by design, but it soon boiled down to how much of Traveller Inceptio should be removed to not destroy the story.

Traveller Probo is of the same length. My defence is that I have always enjoyed stories you can sink your teeth into, where the characters and situations are well developed and realistic. I have done all I can to remove the waffle and keep the book engaging.

Forgive me if this seems excessive.

I am currently writing Traveller Book 3 – Traveller Manifesto – which I expect to be the final book of a trilogy. I also expect the length to be similar.

Enjoy

 

Rob Shackleford

Rob Shackleford Author of Traveller Inceptio and Traveller Probo

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