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Vic: Time Doesn't Matter

Jerry Gill & Edgar Rice Burroughs

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Ann Darrow Company

Published : 2013

Copyright : Jerry Gill 2013

ISBN-10 : PB 1-889823-59-7
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-889823-59-1

Publisher's Write-Up

Vic Challenger Book 1

In this first in the Vic series, meet Vic, a new female action hero from the 1920’s. From jungle adventure in Africa to more jungle adventure in the Yucatan, join this new heroine for non-stop excitement! And unless you were around in 1920 some of the accurate historical details will have you saying, “Wow, was it really like that?”

A merciless, agonizing memory can sometimes break a person and render them incapable of facing even the commonplace without being unnerved. Sometimes it endows a person with near super human ability to take action in even the most savage of circumstances. Vic’s memory from a thousand generations past has emboldened her with the daring and determination to embark on an epic quest that may last a lifetime and on any day could take her life. Yet she is prepared to challenge any peril and venture into any danger, known or unknown. She has learned from her mysterious avatar Nat-ul, even when you face the gravest of threats, you need not be brave, you just need to do what needs done, for whatever menace you face, “It’s not hard. It’s just living.”

While big game hunting in Africa Victoria Custer recalls another time she was here and something she lost. Now she wants it back. She begins her search in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula where she confronts mythical creatures, savage predators and nature in her search. She takes brother Barney along and keeps him at his wits end wondering where she is and what he will tell their parents he lost his sister in the jungles of Mexico.

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Review by Paul Lappen (311014) Rating (9/10)

Review by Paul Lappen
Rating 9/10
This is the story of a love that really does span the ages.

The first two parts of this book are actually abridged versions of a pair of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (that is why he is listed as a co-author). They tell the story of Victoria Custer, your average resident of the early 20th century. She likes candy, her favourite colour is pink, and she is very interested in hats and barrettes. She is also deathly afraid of earthquakes, and she is very troubled by dreams and visions of a handsome young man whose name, she learns, is Nu.

A millennia ago, Nu was part of a tribe living in an earthquake-prone part of Africa. It was a time when death could come anywhere and anytime, whether from a snake bite, or being devoured by a large, carnivorous beast. Nu is very interested in taking Nat-ul as his mate. Her "price" is the head of Oo, a very large lion who has caused their group many problems in the past. While off on his solo hunt, an earthquake knocks out Nu, and seals him in a cave, for 100,000 years. Another earthquake opens his cave, and he awakens in the 1920's. For Nu, it's a very boring place, except for meeting Victoria, who is there on a vacation. She could be Nat-ul's identical twin sister. The attraction is immediate, and mutual.

The third part (the part written by Gill) takes Victoria from the family farm in Nebraska to the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico. By now, she has embraced her inner cave woman (Nat-ul is now a part of her), and she is planning to visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Her brother, Barney, goes with her, knowing that Vic is quite prepared to go by herself. While there, Vic has many adventures, including helping to release several young children from being sold into slavery, killing a jaguar single-handedly, and falling into an underground river, which leads to her almost being devoured by a hideous flying beast. Of course, Vic has a bigger reason for her trip than simply becoming an adventure addict.

I really enjoyed this book. Gill does a very credible continuation of the story of Victoria/Nat-ul. Nearly anything written by ERB will have good writing, and lots of action; so does the third part. This is very much worth the reader's time.
Paul Lappen (31st October 2014)

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