Review: Archimedes’ Claw by Theodore Morrison Homa
The Epic Novel of one man’s journey back through time and his encounter with Mankind’s Greatest Mystery.
Driven for Truth, One Man, Uncovers a secret, Hidden in Time, That catapulted the Roman Empire to find Archimedes. Hunted by the Government, Haunted by his past, Driven by passion, he must risk all. Travel back through The Vortex of Time and encounter Mankind’s Greatest Mystery.
It was a struggle to finish reading Archimedes’ Claw. I would pick up the book, read a few pages, and then lose interest. This cycle went on for the past 4-5 months. I wanted to finish reading the book and had to force myself to complete it so that I could write this review. The story started well; it opened with battle scenes and betrayal. Why save the old man? Why was the soldier so desperate to kill him? But everything went downhill after the dramatic beginning. There were times when I felt that the story was too stuck in the technical aspects of time travel. Understandably, the main theme in the story is time travel. Yet, the plot was too caught up in the time travel theme. There wasn’t enough intrigue and action to entertain me and hold my attention. Also, character development was a problem. It would have been better if characters like Finn, Kathryn, Maddy and Dan had been given a chance to develop properly as the story progressed.
However, to make up for the short-comings, the descriptions were good. I had no problems picturing and imagining the scenes in the story. Something that stuck with me throughout the story is this question: If you could go back in time, would you do things differently? Would you make different decisions or act differently? However, even the good descriptions aren’t sufficient for a reread of Archimedes’ Claw. I ended the book satisfied with its conclusion, but at the same time dissatisfied with the technical parts of the writing. About the authorDr. Theodore Homa is a practicing physician, seasoned history buff and an avid science fiction enthusiast. Among his favorite themes are time travel, the unknown and places of unique historical interest. Travels throughout Europe have provided opportunity to complement his particular theological and philosophical areas of interest. After a long medical career devoted to his practice and consecutive weeks without free weekends, a health related calamity struck leaving him unable to work for an extended time period. Utilizing serendipitous time on his hands, he turned to inner creative talents and began to explore the world of writing fiction. Writing has always been an ultimate background career goal. After a year at the word processor in his suburban Chicago area penthouse, and his summer home on Cape Cod and with the continual support of his wife and dedicated friends, he completed his first literary work, Archimedes Claw. Currently, Dr. Homa continues the writer’s journey busily embarking on his follow up novel.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Bohlsen PR. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”