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Crescent Tides

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Dr. Calvin Schmitt, a burned-out veterinarian with a long neglected interest in medieval history, is accidentally whisked back to 16th century Mediterranean. Or was it an accident? Cal and his friends are suddenly the major obstacle in the wild scheme of an enigmatic villain intent on changing the world, and must decide if preserving the future they once knew is worth risk ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Post Tenebras Lux Books
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I've never read a book like this one! Calvin's first scene immediately pulled me in. There were loads of intriguing and suspenseful scenes. I really enjoyed the drawn illustrations throughout! I'm not usually a fan of time travel books, but this one was well presented and the Christian message strong. Just think...what if history could be changed?

I found a lot throughout this book that I just couldn't concentrate, especially with the historical details. The general details of events and circumst
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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7 out of 5 stars, this has been the absolute best novel that I have read so far this year, and for me this is a high compliment because I love to read and this specific genre is not typically something I would peruse. I have been blessed by Mr. A. Gruben to review his work with an honest eye, and I have come away with way more knowledge than I started with. From the well placed quotes at the beginning of each chapters, to the details that came from actual history provided throughout each three o ...more
Camille Esther
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t say this often, but I’m saying it now: this book has made my top ten favorite books ever list. J. Aaron Gruben amazed and delighted me with his masterful blend of historical fiction and scifi. The cultural details were vivid, the characters diverse, and the emotional impact powerful.
Probably my favorite aspect of Crescent Tides, however, was that Gruben deals with philosophical, religious, and political topics between the modern era and medieval times, and he does it in a way that it rea
Catherine Smith
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fact that there's a broadsword crossed with an AK-47 rifle on the cover should give you a hint you're in for something wonderfully different when you pick up this book. Beware, this is NOT your average time traveling historical fiction work! Physics, horse sedatives, medieval politics, fierce enemies, and fiercer friends, this is a rollicking tale put together with impeccable research and beautiful skill.

Crescent Tides is a book that will stay with you forever. The characters seem to mold t
Tito Athano
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

This book is full of action! It’s like Johnny Rambo trying to turn the tide during the last days of Saigon. Except that this time Saigon is saved, due to not only amazing military defence but also very cunning intelligence and a daring special forces action that destroys the enemy logistics train!

The plot line to this is very strong and clear. What might have happened if some jihadist organisation develops Time Travel? Might they use it to send modern weapons back in time so the Ottomans win the
Kellyn Roth
Wow. Just wow.

That book was beyond excellent. I mean, in some ways it was a little too heavy on historical detail for my taste? It was almost overwhelming. But the depth of the research was very impressive. I applaud the author!

The whole plot could be described by the saying: "the plot thickens." It just kept thickening and thickening! Very complex, very detailed, very thought-out. It was quite exciting, too. There were a couple times where I caught myself skimming (due to the detailed fighting
James Marquis
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting alternative history/time travel tale. The author uses a military conflict that was taking place hundreds of years ago to examine philosophies and conflicts we're still dealing with today. It feels a bit like propaganda at times but I still give the author credit for writing a solid story that gives the reader lots to think about.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the best alternative history time travel story I have ever read! Move over Marty and doc. Brown!
Cecily Wolfe
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I guarantee that this is nothing like you've ever read before - and that is a good thing. Excellent, in fact. An incredible, well-crafted mix of historical and science fiction, alternative history, and all sorts of religious and political considerations blended within. A true pleasure to read, and a definite recommendation to anyone looking for a thoughtful as well as entertaining read.
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Though scifi/fantasy/time travel books are not typically on my shelf, this was a great read from start to finish. Interesting characters, dilemmas, and goodness, just the entire premise of terrorists changing an integral part of Christian history. Hard topics are addressed but humor is aplenty. I want to read more time travel adventures - especially with these characters. Write a sequel! :D
Olivia Farnsworth
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway toward the beginning of the year and really enjoyed getting to read it. It has a thrilling plot with lots of twists and turns. It's rich with history but with the added intrigue of time-travelers and some modern weaponry in a much older civilization. Very much worth the read. The only drawbacks to the experience were that the author's tendency to head-hop got me lost a few times, and a plot twist later in the book came with little enough foreshadowing that I had a h ...more
Jan Fallon
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is well written with some great passages within the fantastic tale that shows an amazing imagination. I enjoyed the dialogue and personal stories of the main characters the most, which got lost a little in the bigger story. Lots of action!
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The major goals of my writing are to bring honor to Christ and to edify, entertain, and educate readers. My works often highlight historical topics that have become either distorted by political or social bias or have been forgotten among today's general public. One of my major motivations in writing is to help demonstrate that a careful search through the dusty pages of history (augmented by a vi ...more

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