Days of Future Past – Part 1: Past Tense by John Van Stry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Major John Riggs is an Air Force pilot instructor, a decedent of the Native American Navajo, the future savior of his people, but mostly he’s an asshole.
Lt. Paul Young was about to be drummed out of the Air Force by said Maj. Riggs as a personal favor for someone with a grudge against a relative.
Then they were both sent to a far distant realm by an Indian goddess to save the Navajo people. Well, Riggs was, Paul just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time… as was intended by another very tricky god.
Thus Paul is stuck in a ruined world where he must help a man he despises become a hero, or face the wrath of a god who can make his life a living hell if he doesn’t… On the other hand, he can also make it worth his while.
This novel was an excellent action adventure with great characters and a world setting that keeps you guessing. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I plan to read the rest of the series.
The main character, Paul, is a true can-do hero who uses his mind and his body to conform the world to his own shape rather than letting it overwhelm him. He is put into dire situations repeatedly, but comes out – with some luck at times – on top. The love interest part is a bit odd… a one man two women combo… but things are kept below a graphic level, so it’s really a side story. I could have done without it, but it does bring the drama into play.
The world itself is a post-apocalyptic one where you can find magic, fey creatures, high-tech, and even dragons!
Overall, I give this book four stars and call it an Exciting Read!