Book Review: The Last of the Time Police by: Kim Howard Johnson

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: DoubleDare Books

Publication Date: May 31, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: It’s "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" meets "Time Bandits" in this action-packed science fiction adventure.

Stan and Jack are the last remaining members of the Time Authority, a government unit formed to correct disruptions to the established Time Line. Although time travel has been officially outlawed, Stan and Jack must make a quick time hop to 16th Century France to clean up some of their careless littering.

Unbeknownst to them, however, Leonardo DaVinci stows away and tumbles out (along with the operating manual for the time machine) in 18th Century England. This disruption is discovered by the Time Authority, as it creates a Chronological Anomaly that begins advancing toward the future and threatens to wipe out all reality. The military and civilian leaders clash before agreeing on a scheme to build one final time machine and send Corporal Spumoni back to correct the Time Line, even though it may ruin any chance of Stan and Jack returning home.

Stan and Jack must crash-land their time machine in 1848, where they discover, due to DaVinci’s influence, a futuristic Victorian England. After nearly colliding with Maggie Wells on her flying machine, she helps them hide their broken Time Hopper. Stan and Jack realize their only hope to fix their machine is to recover the operating manual, if it still even exists. But Special Services agents, led by Maggie’s former boyfriend James Burton, are constantly searching for them. And Jack’s growing attraction for Maggie is tempered by the thought that she could be his great-great-great-great-grandmother.

By 1768, DaVinci has become a favorite of King George III of England. His only rival is Benjamin Franklin. Jealous, with the help of Lord Frederick North, DaVinci frames Franklin for the theft of his own notebooks. But when DaVinci learns Britain’s plans for his own war machines, he realizes he must work with Franklin to stop Britain’s domination of the globe.

Series: The Last of Time Police (1), The Return of the Time Police (2)

Review: When the last two timenauts are sent back in the only working Time Machine to clean up after themselves things go very awry. Stan and Jack are part of the Time Authority, which is being shut down since time travel has been outlawed. They’ve been sent back to clean up their litter and pick up an extra passenger – Leonardo da Vinci. They drop him off in 18th C. England and once da Vinci establishes who he is with the leaders, he goes on to provide them with his inventions. The king, in turn, uses these inventions to plan his takeover of the world. This causes a severe Chronological Anomaly, a wave of change which will obliterate the way of life we all know and love. Can Stan and Jack fix their major mistake??

THE LAST OF THE TIME POLICE is a super-funny convoluted tale of time travel. It reminds me of a Kids in the Hall sketch or a Mel Brooks movie. Stan and Jack probably couldn’t be any stupider if they tried, but they somehow fall into right where they need to be or the person who can help them. Back in the ‘present’ time, the Powers That Be are arguing and pointing fingers as to who is at fault for the Chronological Anomaly. da Vinci is a schemer, master manipulator, and wicked genius who steals others’ ideas – like those of Ben Franklin – and uses them in his own inventions. I loved how integrated his inventions became in the majority of society, such as Maggie and her wings. Maggie is the perfect straight-woman to Jack and Stan’s bumbling buffoonery. THE LAST OF THE TIME POLICE has a very interesting concept, fun characters, and will take readers by surprise!

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