Our story begins with a genius professor (Emerson Whitmore) who is disgruntled with his peers. His theories on many advanced civilizations developing on Earth over and over across millions of years got him crossways with most mainstream scientist and almost banned from institutions of higher learning. He decides to build a time machine to go see for himself what happened in history.
He hires a bodyguard, who recently retired from the combined space and ground force of Earths defense service (John Chantry), Chantry is a big man and an expert in every weapon imaginable, a self-defense expert and an expert in anti-gravity space combat.
Their time travel adventures go back almost 300 million years where the fabric of time and the advanced civilizations that had developed over the Earths first 4.5 million years came to an end due to several huge asteroids crashing into Earth. Together they make several stops and run into other races from other constellations that have tried to use the Earth for their own purposes.
Along the way his time travels proved that his theories on alternate histories were very close to reality. He discovered that the humans before the catastrophe were very advanced having conquered the distances of space. Knowing the disaster was coming with no way to avoid it they abandoned the Earth and resettled in other solar systems.
In their time travels Whitmore and Chantry ran into the descendants of the original inhabitants of Earth that were from a coalition of 12 planets in the distant system they had settled millions of years earlier. They conquered time travel several centuries earlier and had become the self-appointed protectors of Earth. When they discovered Whitmore and his time machines, they were so alarmed by the prospect of another race capturing the rogue scientist and his time machine that in order to prevent the prospect of another race changing the history of mankind that they destroyed Whitmore’s time machine and brought him back to his own time.
Chantry was so fascinated by the humans from the far reaches of space that he decided to join them and ended up being an integral part of their team on their great ship Mintaka. His first mission with them was leading a team that stopped an alien race from pulling a planet out of its orbit to send it on a collision course with earth.
Whitmore quickly put together another time machine and due to his photographic memory was able to incorporate the technology he had seen on the Mintaka. He hired a new companion that was one of the best pilots in Earths defense forces (Colonel Gunheaux Higz) before he retired. Together they were able to start exploring the past again. In their journeys through time, they discovered that aliens had been experimenting with the DNA of the Neanderthals for 50 million years. They watched displaced humans repopulating earth 70,000 years ago. They found a civilization 60,000 years ago with levitation technology, using electricity, and had a major spaceport for universal trade. They watched the amazing techniques and advanced technology used to build the pyramids 40,000 years ago after the major ice age had destroyed most of the earths civilizations. These, along with other discoveries as they traveled around the world, more than proved his theories.
What the humans from the distant system feared came true and another race found and targeted Whitmore’s new time machine. This resulted in one of the greatest dogfights between humans and other races as had ever been recorded. Staged in the great canyons of the southwest, Higz proved he was one of the greatest pilots in the universe, taking out over 18 alien starfighters. Whitmore and Higz were saved by the last-minute heroics of Chantry and the crew of the Mintaka.
After saving Whitmore and his time machine and probably preventing the Earth and humankind from having a completely different history the captain of the Mintaka decided the safest place was to keep them on board the Mintaka. The two-time travelers also became an integral part of the Mintaka with Whitmore using his genius, and Higz using his amazing flying skills to help rescue high ranking officials from the Coalition of Planets that had been kidnapped by an outlaw alien race, and then later on saving a distant star system from total destruction
book review by Mihir Shah
"It’s really very simple, time is its own dimension. After discovering this, I’ve found a way to move outside of that dimension."
Infused with the spirit of the time travel classic Back to the Future, this engaging narrative takes readers on an adventure featuring a stubborn but relentlessly brilliant scientist whose insistence on peeling back the veil to see the multitude of worlds and their cataclysmic events jeopardizes the time continuum. What’s worse is the risk of advanced technology from the future falling into the hands of ancient races predisposed to abusing its power.
The character of Emerson Whitmore drives the storyline. He is always a step ahead of his contemporaries. When he calls upon the services of John Chantry, a veteran of the Elite Special Forces of the Space Rangers, a dynamic duo of Whitmore’s brains and Chantry’s brawn is established. Though Whitmore is married to his theories, seeing a “mad genius” develop a meaningful bond is refreshing. He and John initially travel to the late nineteenth century, where they stop a family from being ambushed by bandits. Later, they run into their own ordeal when trying to bring back enough gold—from an era where gold’s existence is limited only to the indigenous people—to fund the continued evolution of Whitmore’s time travel work. The outcome, rather hilariously, is the duo’s portrayal as gods in the eyes of the natives.
When Whitmore and Chantry run into the Colonel and become privy to the impact of the Krolls and the Earth Management Project, tough decisions must be made. Nevertheless, true to his nature, Whitmore is unyielding in his efforts to unravel and experience millions of years of the world’s history. A mastermind in every respect, he has planned for every setback only to come back even stronger. Ultimately, the combination of endearing characters, a plausible time travel concept, and a thought-provoking timeline delivers a compelling experience for all audiences.
Reviewed by: Lily Amanda
Time Before Time is a compelling sci-fi novel written by Dan Dubose and Beau Dubose. Here, the authors introduce readers to Emerson Whitmore, an elite scientist whose unusual theories are strongly disputed by his mainstream scientist peers and nearly jeopardize his long-standing career. Whitmore holds a unique hypothesis that long before the existence of modern-day humankind, great and advanced civilizations had been developed and flourished for thousands of years before the catastrophic great cataclysm.
The professor consequently decides to build a time machine which could take him back in time to confirm his firm convictions. He goes ahead and hires John Chantry, a well-built man, who had served in the Special Services Division as a hand-to-hand combat and survival instructor for the All Service Command, and whose experience would come in handy during the mission. The journey held many exciting possibilities for Whitmore but also had equal measures of risk none of them had comprehended.
Time Before Time is a razor-sharp novel that cleverly doles out pieces of the time travelers’ backstories and information about the mission they are about to embark on, by tossing in curve balls and judiciously employing ample dialogue. This also helps break the tension as the story rollicks to an unanticipated conclusion. Lucid, as well as exhilarating, this majestic work unfolds into a cinematic and heady mix which boldly interweaves time travel, history, archeology, suspense, adventure, and thrill. The landscapes they transverse in space are vividly drawn and the extrapolated technologies infused in the narrative are well-explained and plausible.
Time Before Time by Dan Dubose and Beau Dubose makes for a scintillating and insightful read which takes readers on a journey to explore the unknown in the comfort of your armchair. The text offers an absorbing exploration of the Universe that might jiggle your digital knowledge but does so in a domestic style. I highly recommend this text to sci-fi enthusiasts.
by Melisa Jane
Time Before Time is a gripping time travel fiction by Dan DuBose and Beau DuBose. Controversial Professor Emerson Whitmore believes that advanced civilizations existed on earth before modern-day humankind. His peers and mainstream scientists strongly dispute this hypothesis. This hypothesis has even made him kicked out of a teaching role at the university. Consequently, he develops a time machine, a self-powered pod, to take him to the past to confirm that he is right. Since this expedition could have potential dangers, the professor also hires a military veteran, John Chantry. Together, the duo embarks on a journey to the past – one whose outcome is unknown. What will they find out?
There were several things I liked about this novel. First, I liked the various technologies depicted and how their operating mechanisms were well explained. We are introduced to high-tech, sophisticated machines, weapons, and technologies that solve problems that are still beyond the contemporary world. Second, I liked that the story picked up immediately; the authors did not waste any time before introducing the main conflict, making this story exquisitely fast-paced. Another thing that stood out for me about this book was how action-packed it was. The action-packed moments made the book interesting, engrossing, and hard to put down. I also liked how well-organized the scenes were. The organization and the short, engrossing chapters kept me glued as I waited to uncover the ending. All this enhanced my reading experience.
My favorite aspect of this book was how the authors expertly fused fantasy, time travel, science fiction, history, and archaeology to come up with a stimulating read. The characters were also well-developed and given sufficient backstories. These added to my enjoyment of this remarkable novel.
Overall, there was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. I found some errors, but they were not enough to influence my final rating. I believe the book was professionally edited. Therefore, I am pleased to give it the highest score of four out of four stars. This book deserves each of those the stars I've awarded it.
I highly recommend this book to fans of fast-paced, action-packed, and well-written novels. In particular, readers who like science fiction, fantasy, archaeology, the history of ancient civilizations, and stories featuring intergalactic wars will greatly appreciate it. The world-building is excellent, the characters are well-developed, and it is interesting to read. I am looking forward to reading more works by the authors.
Dan graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in Construction Engineering which fueled a fascination for ancient construction techniques. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force and served as a contracting officer at Lowry AFB in Denver serving in the reserves after leaving active duty. Dan was raised in Texas and now resides on the Gulf Coast in the beautiful town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
After a long and fascinating career in the construction industry Dan has recently retired from his position of Executive Vice President of a major construction company where he supervised the cost analysis of over $8 billion of construction projects each year.
Dan is proud of his wonderful family. He and his wife, Beki, have two grown kids. A daughter, Dalyn, who is an accountant and a son, Beau, a Senior Project Manager and Executive for Yates Construction. They have a 23-year-old granddaughter who recently graduated in Marine Biology and a nine-year-old grandson that plays and loves soccer.
Dan has been writing short stories on and off since high school. Mostly science fiction with a western thrown in here and there. Having been fascinated with the theory that advanced civilizations have come and gone over the many millions of years of earth’s existence, he decided it was time to pen a novel about the subject. With help of his son Beau, the novel Time Before Time was developed.