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Librarian's Note: An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereDiscover The Secret of Vic Challenger's Lack of Fear. Learn about her amazing past and the derivation of her name. Then travel with her to exotic locales, encroach on dangerous domains and live the secret headlines of the past you thought were fiction. Vic Challenger will take you into the haunts of creatuLibrarian's Note: An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereDiscover The Secret of Vic Challenger's Lack of Fear. Learn about her amazing past and the derivation of her name. Then travel with her to exotic locales, encroach on dangerous domains and live the secret headlines of the past you thought were fiction. Vic Challenger will take you into the haunts of creatures you don't believe in, things she wouldn't write about because the public wasn't ready, couldn't handle it. Are you ready, can you handle it? Time Doesn't Matter is the beginning of the on-going series about the 1920's adventuress, who works as an adventure travel writer while pursuing her own, secret, goal. Her determination and past allow her, or perhaps force her, into situations that would make strong men weep for their mother. Vic's motto covers it all: You don't need to be brave - you just need to do what needs done. In this first novel of the action packed series, Vic begins in Africa, faces death again and again, travels to her dim past, faces death again and again, then travels to Mexico where she faces death again and again. Adventurous action is non-stop. Vic faces evil men, prehistoric beasts and things without a name but she has a goal and nothing will stop her. Vic isn't a gin guzzling, foul mouthed hard nose as you might expect. She's a farm girl from the early twentieth century, highly principled, educated as a mathematician and astronomer, who loves pink dresses and candy, and who has a secret past, an unfilled desire and a will-do-it attitude....

Title : Time Doesn't Matter
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ISBN : 9781889823386
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 266 Pages
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Time Doesn't Matter Reviews

  • Fox Emm
    2019-03-10 21:59

    This book is unlike anything I’ve read before for a number of reasons. For one, half the book is based entirely on content written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1914 and 1917 as The Eternal Savage and The Eternal Lover. In these two tales Burroughs writes briefly about Victoria Custer, but then never uses her again in his prolific writing career – something that author Jerry Gill thought was a waste! Gill opted to re-write portions of Burroughs’ work and then has the reader accompany Vic to Nebraska and then on to Mexico!As the book descriptions promise, the book is a thrill a minute and is difficult to pull away from. It has been a while since I have read a book which is actually more action and adventure than any other genre. I’m grateful that there is another book coming out in the next week or so because I’m not done with reading about Victoria Custer, yet! This is one of the few times of late when I have been reluctant to let a book go because I have enjoyed it so much.I loved Indiana Jones films when I was younger, but found that the Indiana Jones book adaptations and Young Indiana Jones titles left me feeling very unfulfilled. They didn’t strike up the same sense of wonder and inspire the same adrenaline as the movies did – Time Doesn’t Matter has somehow managed to bridge that gap by being just as enjoyable in print as those classic action films were years ago.

  • Phillip
    2019-03-15 20:25

    Author Jerry Gill delivers with his novel Vic: Time Doesn't Matter. Actually, I am reading the Double Trouble edition but am so happy with #1 that I am going ahead and writing a review.Vic: Time Doesn't Matter would sit comfortably on the shelf with Eternal Savage and the Red Sonja comic books. It would also sit on the shelf with just about anything else written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, especially--(the title mentioned above), The Cave Girl, and Tarzan and the Castaways-all books with strong action heroines in jungle adventures.The book begins 100,000 years ago and shows the cave-man Nu son of Nu on the hunt of the big cat. The language of the narrative provides a good homage to the language of the prehistoric scenes found throughout the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. In fact, the novel picks up where Eternal Savage leaves off (A book requiring a part-two that Burroughs never wrote.)Then, in Vic: Time Doesn't Matter Vic, the heroine is introduced on the estate of Tarzan, Lord Greystoke during the nineteen-twenties. The Greystoke estate is only the backdrop where the heroine is introduced. The novel that follows is a series of E.R.B-eseque adventures that definitely belong to Vic Challenger, not Tarzan. She is an engaging character, able to take care of herself as she travels the world in pursuit of her own objective that is tied to the prehistoric past.This professional quality book is exciting, provides juvenile women readers with a positive role model, and is more of a reboot of the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, for the current teen generation, than just an homage. Yet, it is an homage that a life-long Burroughs enthusiast (me) would recommend to other aficionados of any age. I will be reading #2 and #3.

  • Beth
    2019-03-23 16:12

    When I initially read the book's description I was immediately intrigued and eagerly awaited my copy's arrival. My hopes for the book were surpassed and the book turned out to be an incredible journey.I enjoyed the Nu character, but I was especially drawn to the fun loving Vic. She's no shrinking violet and can hold her own with the boys in her circle. Her vim and vigor add a level to the story that one might not expect. The combination of Vic's travels and her adventurous attitude make her feel almost like a female Indiana Jones.My favorite quote from the book perfectly describes the book and comes from Vic's brother, Barney, who says "No one I know can boast of a vacation where they fought slavers, visited ancient ruins, and witnessed their sister slay a leopard."This thought provoking story isn't just an adventure story, or a romance, or historical fiction but a magical blend of all three. I genuinely enjoyed every moment I spent with Nu and Vic and highly recommend this excellent book.

  • Ryann Hall
    2019-03-11 22:06

    I compare it to a mavel comicThis book all started when the Author bought a trunk at an estate sale. It was from the end of 19th century 1st of 20th century. It had dozens of journals by a woman named Victoria Custer. She was a travel writer and used Vic Challenger as her pen name. She was a reincarnated cave girl who was reborn in the 19th century. She searched the world for her soul mate who she lost many years ago. The book starts at the very beginning before Vic was reincarnated. It tells the story of caveman named Nu who was a warrior. Vics first name was Natul. She was a warrior who loved to swing an ax. Nu fell in love with her the day a bear attacked. Natul was first to swing at the bear and inflicted many wounds on it. Nu wanted to prove himself worthy of her. He went after a cat they called Gr- killer of man. As soon as Nu killed it there was an earthquake and he got trapped in Grs cave forever. The book tells stories from Vics travels. She eventually got a job. By the end of the book her editor was so impressed by her stories. He made her an office and painted Vic Challenger, Adventuress and Writer on her door. This story is not over yet. There will be more books. Vic knows she may face many more adventures before she finds Nu. I enjoyed this book. I can see it as a movie as another marvel comic. If you like reading about adventures and marvel comics you'll like this book.

  • Alexander Crommich
    2019-03-19 15:21

    Vic is an odd book in that it’s really three mashed together into one narrative. The first half of the book is an abridged version of a couple of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s novels concerning a pair of ancient humans, Nu and Nat’ul, whose love was constantly foiled by circumstances. The second half follows Vic, a reincarnation of Nat’ul, a 1920s dame hell bent on adventuring her way around the world in her search for Nu’s reincarnation. It’s an interesting mash up, and I enjoyed Mr. Gill’s use of public domain literature, but it takes up too much of the book. Additionally, his part of the story reads like more of a travelogue instead of a novel. Finally, although entertaining, the novel doesn’t reach a satisfying resolution, instead covering little ground that hadn’t already been covered.First, the use of Burroughs’s public domain work is a clever idea. Gill abridged and rewrote portions of it, but ultimately, the bulk of it appeared to be the original material. The idea was to use that as a building block for Gill’s work, which was meant to be a continuation of a story that he felt was unfinished. Before I go any farther, let me emphasize how much I approve of this sort of thing. There are great works of literature that any later author would be a fool to try and follow up, whether or not public domain, but Burroughs’s adventure novels are ripe for it. I only vaguely knew who the author was from classes I took years ago, so directly using his work reintroduced him to me. It’s an interesting way to keep old adventure novels viable. Also, Gill stays true to the spirit of the work, and makes efforts to write in a more modern, but similar, style as Burroughs. He meets with mixed results, but it’s a good faith engagement public domain intellectual property that I think introduces a vitality that would otherwise be absent. I don’t think that art stands on its own, but is instead a result of the creator’s interaction with his work, the interactions of those who view the work with it, and the interactions of those who seek to adapt the work or find inspiration in it. It’s a conversation that our current intellectual property regime guts in a mad dash to suck every last penny out of an IP until it’s nothing more than a heap of exploited, rotten ideas. Ahem, not that I have a horse in this race, so back to the review proper.All of the above things said, I think that the amount of time Gill spent on Burroughs’s work should have been greatly reduced. As it stands right now, it’s a little over half of the book. At most, it should have been no more than a fifth, maybe a quarter, which would have been sufficient to introduce the reader to the old material, give them the feel of it, and set up the story that Gill continues. Instead, the reader gets bogged down and is left wondering when Gill’s writing is going to kick in. I don’t think the author spent this much time on the old work out of laziness or in bad faith, let me be clear, but it did eat up too much of the book, and this was one of the big issues with his work.My second problem with the book is the way Gill presents the story. At times, the author is more interested in informing the reader about the cultures, animals, and geography that Vic encounters than he is in fleshing out the characters or moving the plot along. It’s charming, because given that Vic is a travelling adventuress whose job it is to report on the strange places she goes, the detail makes sense. The author, however, spends more time than is necessary on this, which periodically slows down the story itself and makes it read more like a travelogue than fiction. This doesn’t always happen, but it happens frequently enough to bog things down.Also, the author usually speaks directly to the reader when presenting the information, when it really should have come from Vic or one of the other characters. It’s not a style that I’m a fan of, and it makes the amount of information, and the school room lecture tone of it, far more noticeable. The plot itself is one small adventure after another, which, although entertaining, never quite connects into something larger than that. Vic never runs across the person she’s searching for directly which, given the first half of the book was her previous self, Nat’ul, constantly missing him, gets frustrating. The last half of the book read more like the middle that was leading up to some sort of revelation, some encounter with Nu. Instead, it’s pretty much all there is. There are a few adventures, a bit of danger, and a lot of interesting information, but very little that amounts to an outcome beyond the same water already treaded before being treaded again.The third and final major criticism I have of the book is that the ending isn’t much of an ending, at least to a novel. Had Vic’s adventure been presented as a short story, with a length to match, the ending would have worked, since it was basically a quick wrap up of everything that left few questions. Unfortunately, her adventure is a second half of a book the first half of which was squarely focused on the difficulties Nu and Nat’ul went through to be together. There’s no resolution of this plot. Instead, she gets an idea of who the reincarnation is and hopes she’ll run into him some day. Given that the first half of the book, Burroughs’s work, is at least a half dozen near misses where Nu and Nat’ul almost get together, ending the book on another one is irritating. The first fifth to a quarter of the book should have been the old material, the middle half Vic’s adventure, and the last quarter how that transitioned into her finally meeting up with Nu. Instead, the readers are left right where they started. None of the characters change or accomplish much of anything in the grand scheme of things by having a romp in the jungle. Ultimately, the author gets brownie points for trying to do something interesting with some old public domain intellectual property, an area I feel there is a lot to be done with. Gill, however, spends too much time on the old material, then too much time on describing Vic’s adventures without communicating why they matter. Finally, he ends the book on a shrug, rather than a proper conclusion.

  • Francheska
    2019-02-28 21:07

    I have only recently been breaking into historical fiction so I have not read a whole lot of it. I love history and I find comedic fiction amazing so it seems like a no brainer of a genre. Despite what people would think Vic is short for Victoria, yes a girl, so if you were expecting Indiana Jones do not read this. it sort of gave me a mummy feel, from the movie, with Victoria and Barnie's brother and sister relationship. Victoria and her brother live in the 1920's but she can see flashbacks of times long forgotten. A adventurer at heart she sets off to find a reincarnation of Nu aka Naunet. for those of you that might not know Nu he/she is Egyptian. It was an interesting read and though it did remind me of other things it was not to the point where it seemed a copy of everything you had seen or read before. All in all fairly interesting.

  • R.W. Lang
    2019-03-19 16:07

    This is kind of a two-part story; part one Nat-ul, the prehistoric cave girl and part two, Victoria Custer, aka Vic Challenger, the 1920's world traveler. Both characters had adventures surrounding killing wild beasts in order to survive and other life-threatening experiences. It really was never clear whether Vic had a dual personality, and ancestral memory and senses, or if she just had vivid dreams that helped her through the plot. In any event, the characters weren't well developed. The story was mildly entertaining, but the plot was repetitious and lacked progression and depth.

  • Paul
    2019-03-06 19:14

    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 favorite color 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 millenia 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.

  • Pippa
    2019-03-08 16:29

    Fast paced action that will have you gripped!If you are looking for a fresh read then I will recommend the Vic Challenger series. I picked up book number four initially and enjoyed it so much I had to go back and read Time Doesn’t Matter which is the first in the series. I have enjoyed both books immensely, the series is very original and I would imagine them to have a cult following. In this first book of the series, as with book 4 I found an eclectic mix of characters, fast paced action and an exciting narrative style which leaves the reader unable to put the book down.Jerry Gill is a proficient storyteller; she writes well and weaves an excellent yarn. The opening chapter is epic and almost cinematic with its vivid descriptions, a clever technique as the author immediately pulls the reader into her world and once she has your attention she doesn’t let go! Gill’s writing style is both epic and lush, as a reader you have to let go and allow yourself to become immersed when you are reading a book like this, it is pure escapism and is an absolute must for comic books fans.The best thing about this series is undoubtedly Vic our time travelling heroine, she is feisty and strong with a razor sharp mind. I have said this in a previous review but would love to see a Vic Challenger Anime series; I think it would be amazing. To try and place this series in a genre is difficult it crosses so many from fantasy, suspense, historical fiction and comic books. Great read, recommended!

  • Jerry Gill
    2019-03-17 16:24