if You Could Travel Back in Time?
Novel Raises Provocative Questions About Time Travel
the very idea of traveling back in time has intrigued generations
of people. For good reason, too. After all, who wouldn’t be
excited to travel back in time to the date and place of your choice?
You could witness amazing events like the Wright brothers’
first airplane flight. You might try to meet famous figures in history
like George Washington, Mickey Mantle, or Marilyn Monroe. Maybe
you’d change past decisions that you regret, or win back a
lost love. But what if your journey to another time dramatically
altered the course of history—would you be willing to pay
While some people scoff at the very notion of time travel as wishful
thinking, some scientists are giving the concept serious consideration.
“While many people don’t believe in the concept of time
travel, some scientists theorize that if we had the right technology,
time travel may be possible, says historian and author Denis Wojcik.
“Although the idea of building a time machine sounds like
a movie, the ramifications of time travel are what I find really
Wojcik explores the consequences of what happens when people from
the 21st century plunk down in the 1700’s and 1800’s
in his new novel, TurnBack. The main character in the book is college
professor Jack Moore, a self-described ‘techno geek’
who unwittingly buys a time machine. When Jack’s employee
Thomas steals the time machine in a bid to change his own life,
the race is on. Jack and his beautiful colleague Tara find themselves
in a dangerous pursuit that has them crossing paths with some of
history’s most influential figures… and the outcome
could be disastrous on a scale of epic proportions.
“Not only are the characters racing the clock to protect the
course of national history, they also face unexpected challenges,”
says Wojcik. “How will they fare when they find themselves
immersed in an era with a different culture? Not only was the culture
different, everyday life was tough! Can they overcome their dependency
on modern conveniences? These are provocative issues raised by the
idea of time travel.”
TurnBack also raises an interesting gender debate
about the roles of men and women and who would have a tougher time
handling time travel. “The rules were different for women
years ago,” says Wojcik. “We take for granted that women
have the same rights as men, but that wasn’t the case hundreds
of years ago. That can make time travel a proposition that’s
fraught with challenges for women.”
Whether or not you believe time travel will someday be scientific
fact vs. science fiction, TurnBack is a thought provoking tale that
captures the imagination. Readers will find themselves whisked away
on a heart-pounding journey. The characters’ encounters will
fascinate readers and leave them wondering how they would handle
the same situations if they were the ones racing the clock in a
is Denis Wojcik’s second novel. His first book, Crossroads,
was published in 2005. Denis is the middle son in a family of eight
children. He and his siblings grew up in the shadows of Notre Dame
University. The school’s fabled football team inspired his
love of sports, which continues to this day. Denis is currently
a vice president in a multi-billion dollar company and he teaches
as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, his alma mater.
His career has spanned many fields including education, working
with defense contracts and a stint playing semi-professional baseball.
Denis lives in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife Jackie, daughter
Avery, and Kaiser, the family dog. Denis enjoys doing charity work
in his community and reading historical biographies and suspense
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