Uncover the startling truth before time runs out in this complex search for an ancient treasure.
Alex is a former basketball player who has always been able to bend time. These days he teaches physics and parents three quirky children alongside his unusual wife.
When the administration at his high school wants to resume its connection with organized hate groups, Alex can no longer remain the quiet bystander. He must stand up and fight for what he believes is right.
Just when he has his hands full at school, Alex is drawn into a treasure hunt. An old high school rival and a handful of his grad students lost an obsidian box years ago containing partial directions to a big discovery. The box has mysteriously reappeared and Alex's code-cracking skills can help locate hidden relics containing remaining clues to the treasure. But can he do it fast enough to beat another unknown team of treasure seekers?
As both of Alex's situations grow more dire, it becomes clear he must tap into the abilities he left behind. Can he manipulate time for the people and causes he cares about most?
Tropes: Ancient Weapon, Evolving Powers, Lost Civilization, Powerful Artifact, Quest, Reluctant Hero, Time Travel
Word Count: 80000
Setting: Central America, Houston
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
"Cut it out guys. Call it a day now and neither one of you gets detention. Let's do this the easy way."
The two boys kept circling, focused entirely on their anger. Alex had underestimated how mad they both were. Before he could think of a way to diffuse the situation, one of the boys jumped to Alex's right and charged towards the other, head down, ramming as hard as he could into the others stomach. The second boy winced at the impact, and then tried to grab the neck of the first.
"Enough, you two." Alex pushed his way in between them again and tried to pry the second boy's arm loose. The first boy had started to kick, trying to break free. Angry at being thwarted, the second boy let his opponent go with a shove and turned towards Alex instead.READ MORE
Alex watched fascinated as the boy's leg shot out towards him, moving lightning-fast at first and then becoming more gradual as it came towards Alex's bad knee. He heard the slow pound of his own heart while all movement around him lost its speed. Alex grabbed the boy's ankle and pulled the astonished young man off balance, sending him backwards to land on his own butt. Alex followed him to the ground, grabbing the boy's left wrist and twisting his arm hard behind his back. Then Alex pushed him face first into to the ground, holding him down with his good knee while the other boy watched with his mouth open.
Alex looked up to the see the school's security guard running his way, followed by two administrators, all of their feet moving faster as everything else around Alex picked up speed.
"Dude. I mean, Mr. Z." A boy in the crowd from his second period class spoke up. "I never saw on old dude move as fast as you did. No offense. But that was cool."
"Thanks. No offense taken." He knew he looked calm on the outside, which was good. On the inside, all Alex could do was listen to his heartbeat and marvel to himself. Damn. It happened again.COLLAPSE
Enchanting Reviews wrote:
"Yet again another brilliant story packed with history, self-discovery and humanity. ... I'm always blown away by how S. R. Cronin weaves an intriguing story. Twists of Time has an interesting array of characters that combine and build an amazing world to escape to." Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books
Paul Wandason, Time2timetravel wrote:
"Book three in the 46. Ascending series ... is spectacular. This story was enlightening and intriguing. The author did such a great job with the history. This is an absolute must read!" - Enchanting Reviews
"Several story lines weave and wend and ...interlace beautifully... Characters are fascinating and well developed and the writing style is excellent! [This is] a science fiction novel with a delicate undertone of time manipulation... and a poetic conclusion to top it all off." Paul Wandason, Time2timetravel
46. Ascending is six interrelated novels about five family members who each discover they can do something extraordinary. The stories overlap in time and can be read in any order.
Twists of Time tells the tale of Zane’s father Alex, a man who once walked away from an ability to warp time, thinking it was only a trick to play basketball better. Alex discovers he must relearn the skill in order to protect his students at a high school that is trying to turn the clock back to an era of white supremacy. Twists of Time straddles the past and present of Central America’s Maya Civilization in a story about the nature of time, and the power of hope.