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Is Time Travel Possible?   Don't be too quick to answer that question.   Every time we gaze up into the night sky at the infinite number of glittering stars that entertain us and help us to navigate, we are traveling in time.   Let's take for example the constellation Orion, a rather popular tapestry of the night sky.  Just below the three stars that make up Orion's belt is the Orion Nebula, visible with the naked eye on a clear night.  The Orion Nebula is about 1350 light years away.  If you peer at it through a telescope, the sight is breathtaking.  By-the-way, that nebula is about 24 light years across, so once again you are a time traveler.   At a glance you are traveling back to a time that would be equivalent to the year 662 on earth; you are seeing the past.

How amazing that you can see at a glance what would take you 1350 years to reach if you traveled at 186,000 miles per second.

If a being were on a planet 49 light years from earth and studied us through a telescope on November 22, 2012, they would be able to witness the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps they could send us a message to tell us who was on the grassy knoll.

When Captain Kirk flipped open his communicator, he could instantly communicate with others and with the Enterprise.  Now millions of people, including children have the same ability to do what was once thought to be science fiction.

If I told you that a few years ago, NASA built a very powerful computer that has developed the ability to travel at the speed of light, you'd probably say, "That's not possible."  When Jules Verne wrote wrote about traveling to the moon over one hundred years ago, that was impossible, too.

It's not the idea of traveling at light speed that is so daunting, as what could happen if this technology got into the wrong hands.  Not everyone is honest an altruistic, some people will stop at nothing, even annihilation, to show their own power.

 No one man or group of people, or religion has the right to extinguish the human race . . . God will exercise his domain.

In less than twenty four hours, life on earth will begin to atrophy as earth's entire atmosphere is poisoned with the toxic remnants of seven nuclear blasts, the results of a an insane act of hatred, and technology gone horribly wrong.

There is no time for a battle, there is no intelligence to stop the catastrophic event: the wheels are turning and the human race is on the eve of annihilation.  This is not science fiction, not the war of the worlds, not nation against nation; this is man destroying mankind, hate erasing all that is good, and that which is evil awaits its greatest harvest.

The Clock Shop / Emit Levart:  One man's challenge against the evil forces of darkness.  Why he was chosen, he does not know, but after thirty years as an intelligence officer for the US Army, Colonel Charles Rikker discovers his real mission in life because it came to him in The Emit Levart Clock Shop:  The world is on the brink of destruction when he comes face to face with the ultimate darkness, and a visit from his long dead father.  

Here we find a very logical man, Charles Rikker, who faces a totally impossible situation where logic has no place.  He is spiritually and emotionally challenged by what he must do or face the consequences of massive global destruction.  At a time when he is ready to retire and spend his days with his beautiful wife, he envisions her death and the nuclear destruction of all he has ever fought for.  A terrorist has gone insane and he is the only one who can stop the annihilation.  But can he?

The Clock Shop has at least three books in the line up.   The second book, "The Lost Inheritance," is complete and awaiting agent approval to give it the go ahead.  The third book is "The Phantom Wedding Ring," a real spook job.

All three Clock shop editions are Charles Rikker Novels.   In the first Clock Shop novel, Charles inherited a mansion from his great aunt and uncle.  A rather strange event seeing as his benefactors vanished off the planet eighteen years before Charles was born.  He didn't' discover the inheritance until 1983 when the will became public.  His inherited mansion had sat vacant for fifty years, waiting for a time predetermined by Charles's benefactors to be released and it secrets revealed.   Some of those secrets remained undisclosed for twenty years after the Rikkers took possession of their mansion.  Then after an explosion exhumes a body from a hidden grave behind the huge home, many things begin to unwind as shadows of the past are revealed.

What dark secrets Will Charles discover about his family and will he finally learn how Hershel and Margaret Benson decided to write him into their will? And what possible motive would there be to keep the will hidden for fifty years?

I first took and interest in writing in high school.  It was the thrillers that caught my attention, the ones that keep you on the edge of your seat right until the very end. 
In The Clock Shop, Charles and Mary Rikker are, for the most part, quite normal and life has gone quite well for these two.  Until, that is, Charles makes a trip to Terretsville, a small town located in the upper peninsula of Michigan.  His plan is to visit The Emit Levart Clock Shop with the intention of bringing home an antique grandfather clock, the perfect finishing touch to his inherited Mansion, and an ideal thirtieth anniversary gift.
Even thirty years as a soldier and intelligence officer, couldn't prepare Charles for what waited for him in The Clock Shop. 

This is an emotional and deeply suspenseful thriller, not horror, but it does take us on that eerily mystifying journey between light and dark; good and evil. 

The world is in trouble, but not like anything Charles has ever faced before, and now he has a different kind of, a task where failure is not an option, but, for the first time in his life, he must act alone; he can't tell one soul what he is about to do.