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Readers will enjoy this slice of history as they dive into a world where a time machine has been built to transport travellers to a place of their choosing one-thousand years in the past.


  • Publication Date: February 28, 2019
  • Print Length : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1528912632
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1528912631
  • Publisher : Austin Macauley
  • Genre: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Technology

If you were sent 1000 years into the past, would you survive? Traveller Inceptio describes how the Transporter is accidentally invented and becomes public knowledge when it sends a subject 1000 years into the past. A Special Forces team of Travellers is then selected and trained with the intent to send them to Saxon England to explore what could be a very dangerous period of history. From the beaches of Australia, to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller Inceptio reveals how Travellers discover they need a lot more than technology to survive the trials of early 11th-century life. An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford, has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included customs officer, scuba instructor, college teacher and roles in too many places. With degrees in arts and business, he is mad keen on travel, scuba diving, family history, martial arts, astronomy and playing djembe and congas. Rob is a father of two and lives on the Gold Coast.


Hunter emerged from the room he shared with Hurley to find a few of the men lounging in the common room adjacent to their accommodation. Furnished with wide-screen television and soft lounge-chairs, it was a place where the men were most likely to crash when not studying. Their language training meant that any discussion was now in a bastardised form of Latin and Saxon, with English virtually forbidden. The joke was they were the Travellers of Inceptio, Latin for beginning. That was assuming there would even be a beginning.

If someone created a time machine, how would that affect you? How would that affect our history or our future? Depending on how it worked, would you sign up to participate in the time travel if you could? It is not strange to hear that for some, they feel like they were born in the wrong generation. Something like this could be big, possibly even cataclysmic! Time travel isn’t anything new and neither are transporters, but the creation of this one in Traveller Inceptio is purely founded by accident and Shackleford brings creativity and unique attention to detail which readers will relish.

A group of researchers are working toward their deadline of a new and innovative product, but what they create is far from what they intended. A transporter sends one of the researchers back one-thousand years in the past. Once the public finds out about the incredible discovery, the media, historians, and the military flock to the site with interest. It is only too soon before the military is sending an undercover scout into Aengland, where the villagers are ever fearful of an oncoming war with the Vikings. Several months of feed is transmitted back to present day with footage and journals while the scouts immerse themselves in the villagers’ everyday life. Believed to be a gift from God, the villagers accept Hunter AKA Michael, and share their homes, their food, their religion, and even their love. Overtime, Hunter knows that he must go back to his time, but with his growing fondness of a certain female villager and the Vikings coming closer, he lets his emotions get the best of him. He can’t abandon them now. Leaving would definitely mean certain and immanent death for all of them, but staying could mean his life too. Being faced with difficult decisions, he has to pull off a miracle in order to save them and figure out what his destiny holds.

Shackleford has a long and entertaining first installment readers will ravage through like a whirlwind. The author has created an entertaining and thought-provoking story-line with originality, creativity, and well-developed characters. The pace leading up to the invention is a bit slow, but after the transporter has been built, the pages seem to fly by quickly. This may have been the author’s intention, but if not, the pace should not hinder the reader in any way. This story is also very well-written, with little to no grammatical or spellings errors. The detail in which Shackleford provides is superb and allows the reader to feel like they are traveling alongside Michael. For being such a lengthy read, this is an amazing and challenging feat. If you are a reader of science fiction, historical fiction, and time travel, you may enjoy this first installment.

A print copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Traveller Inceptio by Rob Shackleford.