A War in Too Many Worlds
by Elizabeth Crowens
October 17 - November 11, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
The secret diaries of John Patrick Scott pick up at the close of 1917. British intelligence sends Scott to work undercover in Berlin with his old partner-in-crime, Wendell Mackenzie, as his outside contact in Paris. Back on the Western Front, Scott discovered his ability to see the ghosts of the dead. Unsure if that’s a blessing or a curse, he takes this one-step further, employing spirits in the world of deception and intrigue. As the Russian monarchy crumbles and the Red Baron meets his final match, for Scott, true love is always beyond arm’s reach. His long-lost patrons and paramours, Sophia and Francois Poincaré, resurface but as potential enemies of the Crown.
Arthur Conan Doyle vows to retrieve his stolen time machine from H.G. Wells. Scott is still at odds with Doyle, who still refuses to publicly acknowledge his contributions for ghostwriting Sherlock Holmes, and Doyle encounters Harry Houdini in the most unlikely of places. Get ready for a wild ride.
Time Traveler Professor, Book Three: A War in Too Many Worlds, pairs murder, mayhem and mysticism in a mashup where The Lost World meets The Island of Doctor Moreau. Stay tuned for Book Four, The Story Beyond Time, the final book in this epic series.
Praise for A War in Too Many Worlds:
"You'll find that time stands still as your turn the pages and enjoy the roller-coaster plot, the only disappointment arriving when you reach the final moments of this extraordinary story... and want more."
"Meticulously researched and wholly evocative of its time period; rich detail, immersive atmosphere and clever use of documented Victorian interests in the paranormal give Crowens’s latest novel distinct authenticity. The difficult task of channeling such bold and beloved icons as Doyle, Wells and Houdini is confidently and capably handled. Brimming with specificity, historic flavor and intriguing supernatural fancy, A War in Too Many Worlds is an impressive feat of fact weaving into fiction; sure to please history buffs as well as the more fantastical at heart in equal measure."
Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning, bestselling author
"Pack your best time-traveling attire, your sense of humor, and your open mind. A War in Too Many Worlds by Elizabeth Crowens, the third book in the Time Traveler Professor series, is a vibrant, explosive treatise on the intersection of magic, science, and spirituality. The book is both a loving nod to an era when magic and science were separated by a hairsbreadth, and a Jungian exploration of time, memory, and mysticism. Though the topics are erudite, the author’s wit and humor combined with karmic twists, musical accompaniment, and a historical who’s who, keep the book moving to its thrilling and unexpected climax. The entire series is highly recommended, and I can’t wait to see what happens next."
Kerry Adrienne, USA Today bestselling author
"This genre-bending trip through time and space offers the same delightfully loopy charm as a Doctor Who episode—but with its own irresistible allure, as if Douglas Adams and Jules Verne collaborated with a little help from Kafka. Crowens jumps effortlessly from the mournful haunts of Berlin during the Great War to the unpredictable travels of H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. Exotic—and yet strangely familiar—characters keep popping up to entertain us. However, even among the amusements are laments of lost loves and lost opportunities—along with ghosts (both real and imagined)—all of which elevate the story. Indeed, together with the many fantastic elements, we are moved by the strivings and desires of the all-too-human characters, who will stick with you long after you get to the last page."
R.J. Koreto, author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes and Alice Roosevelt historical mysteries
"Take your favorite elements for a paranormal mystery adventure— from Victorian times into the 20th century, historical (and then some) characters like Conan Doyle, Jung, Houdini, and a few surprises. Add the MacGuffin of a mysterious red book, and you will understand the delights of Elizabeth Crowens’s series featuring the Time Traveling Professor. Things come to a head in the third book in this delightful series. If you need to escape this world for a bit, try the one she has so beautifully built for you."
Jim Freund, host of radio program Hour of the Wolf
This is a novel for lovers of all things Arthur Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells. It contains everything from time travel to experimenting on humans in the 19th century to spiritualism to metaphysics. It has a bit of alternate history thrown in too.
There are many parallels to Sherlock Holmes and books by Wells. One of the main characters, John, struggles with opium addiction, for example. There were many other allusions, I am sure, related to real and fictional characters that I missed.
The narrative has two threads. One is John's war escapades in his work for British Intelligence. The other thread follows Doyle and Wells in their time travels. Frequently the two threads intersect. I did not understand the relevance of all of the events in the novel as I got lost at times figuring what was happening and why. Crowens certainly does have an amazing imagination.
There is a good deal of spiritualism in the novel, spirit guides for example. Houdini makes his appearance in debunking seances. While I don't agree with all of the spiritual activities in the novel, it does point out the heightened interest in the existence of an unseen world during and after WW I.
This is the third book in a series and, as Crowens herself notes, the earlier books should be read before this one. She has included summaries of the earlier books at the beginning of this one. You can read my reviews of the earlier books: Silent Meridian and A PocketFull of Lodestones.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Alternate History / Time Travel
Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions
Publication Date: August 16th 2021
Number of Pages: 293
Series: Time Traveler Professor, #3
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | The Mysterious Bookshop
Read an excerpt:
Catch Up With Elizabeth Crowens:
BookBub - @ecrowens
Instagram - @crowens_author
Twitter - @ECrowens
Facebook - @thereel.elizabeth.crowens
Visit these other great hosts on this tour for more great reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaway entries!
Click here to view A War in Too Many Worlds by Elizabeth Crowens Tour Hosts
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)