A Journey Through Time

Eddie Upnick wrote Time Will Tell, the first book of his fast-paced trilogy, because of a chance meeting in Antigua with Sidney Dowse in 1995. “Mr. Dowse,” Eddie says, “was one of 76 men who escaped from Sagan, the prison camp portrayed in the 1963 movie The Great Escape.” Fifty of the men were murdered by the Gestapo and Sidney was later recaptured. “The stories he told me were amazing,” Eddie explains. “Before the war started, Sidney worked with Sir Stewart Menzies, who headed up the MI-6 British Intelligence.”

One story Dowse related served as the driving force behind Eddie’s work. It concerned two men who met with Menzies, in British headquarters, in July 1939. “Carrying hand-held devices,” Eddie says, “in fifteen minutes they broke the German Enigma codes and improved the British fledgling radar system by 75 miles.” Before leaving, they handed Menzies a list with the names of 19 German spies working in England. “‘We’re not defectors,’ one of them said. ‘We are here to make sure a certain future doesn’t happen.’”

Eddie points out that “Time Will Tell” involves “four rebel scientists from 2133 that travel back to 1938 to change the outcome of WWII. In their timeline Germany won the war, and the rebel scientists want to change history.” They’re pursued back in time “by SS agents from the future with the twenty-second century’s most hideous weapon, the hydro-eradicator, [which] in an instant removes all liquid from the body, leaving only chemical waste and bone fragments behind….Part Two of ‘Time Will Tell’ is the more Sci-Fi side of the story. But rest assured, [some] of these tales are closer to the truth than many would believe.”

The second book of the trilogy, Future Tense, takes place in 2022-2028. The protagonists’ children and grandchildren of the first book learn what their parents did and, Eddie avers, “try to continue the fight.” The final book, 2052, “deals with the end of life on Earth and how our heroes attack the problem. It answers all the open questions left from the first two books.”

The great virtues of Eddie’s debut book are its clear writing, playful humor, blend of historical fact and fiction, tense situations, and imaginative renderings of real people, like Hitler, Churchill, Rommel, and Einstein. Add Star Trek’s Gene Roddenberry to that list. Rodenberry, one of Eddie’s favorite writers, makes a brief appearance in “The Space Race” chapter in Part Two. When Roddenberry asks Jeff, the book’s narrator/main character, what he specializes in, Jeff says, “Time travel theory.” Then he adds, “Gene was fascinated with my theories of time and space….Of course, he had no idea that these weren’t just theories but fact, as I had lived most of them.”

Eddie considers his trilogy “reality based science fiction, though some might call them historical fiction, despite the facts that are hidden in the walls of these books.” Over forty years of stories told to Eddie “by top level people in many industries” helped him piece the project together. He continues: “Each of these novels are a fast, enjoyable, and informative read—that I promise your readers.”