Author — D.A. Featherling
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THE BATTLE IS ON!
Marcus and Samantha knew they’d land during a war, but it wasn’t the one they expected.
FROM THE JOURNAL OF HENRY J. MARTIN
May 18, 2005
I have done it and am proud of it, but also most fearful. Have I created something that will be a benefit to the world or opened a door to terrible evil?
As an inventor, I have had many failures and some small successes. Now I’m faced with the most important invention anyone has ever made. And I am perplexed as to what to do about it, or with it.
I have tapped into time. Yes. Time travel – both to the future and to the past – no longer will be a dream. Something about which stories are made up. Now it can be accomplished and I am fearful of what I could unleash.
What to do? I have created what looks like an ordinary game – complete with game board, little wooden tokens, and four incredible stones which also have the power to unlock the universe.
This ‘game’, as I’m calling it – even to myself – is drawing me with its mystery and its attraction to know what is in the future. Or to visit places in the past which only exist in history books. Do I dare try to ‘play’ the game…make it work to allow myself to go where no one has ever gone before? I cannot decide.
Little did I know when I mastered the equations, did the math, and unlocked the secret of time travel that I would be caught up in such a moral dilemma. Do I dare experiment with myself being the time traveler? Or should I leave it to some future adventurer to test the boundaries of time and space?
Perhaps I should destroy the whole apparatus…pretend like it never existed and assure safety for myself and those to come. Or I can simply put what looks like an ordinary game into its box, close the lid and hide the whole thing in my old trunk. Leave it to chance…or to God…to see if someone in my family might, in the future, discover it and have the heart and mind to explore the possibilities…and endure the dangers.
What to do? I can only pray I make the right decision.
When they find themselves on a pirate ship under attack, the encounter takes them to the island headquarters of pirate Jean Lafitte. A British fleet is on the way to fight the Americans at New Orleans for ownership of the country.
Can the Willoughby’s take an active part in defending America in 1815? Will Lafitte and his pirates help the Americans or will the pirate accept the British bribes and fight for the Crown? And what about the captured Ashanti princess and her people? Is there a bargain she can strike to ever return them to their country?
Questions abound while the twins’ safe return home, and the fate of America, hang in the balance. The battle is about to begin….