Item description for The Teleportation of an American Teenager: A Novel for All Ages by Andrew J. Rodriguez...
In the 1920's the spirit of a Druid high priest from ancient Ireland vests upon Ivan McKinley-an Irish-American teenager, the gift of traveling through time by way of the subconscious. Their mission: Prevent history from repeating itself.
Share Ivan's exotic experiences as he travels the Silk Road during the Middle Ages. Cross the Taklamakan - the largest and most abominable desert on Earth. Startle your wits with the bizarre traditions of the Mongols. Meet a barbarian beauty Ivan tries to change into a graceful lady of noble birth. Would they end up in a passionate love affair against all odds?
Spend three months at an ancient monastery the friars of which consider it a preamble to Paradise. Wear your favorite costume at a carnival in Venice. Meet historical figures in a way you'd never thought possible - away from history books. And above all, evaluate the past from your own viewpoint.
Welcome to Ivan's dreams. Welcome to the wisdom of the ages!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 2, 2005
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 1932672796 ISBN13 9781932672794
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Excellent detail Mar 17, 2006
Wonderfully detailed and rich in history, The Teleportation of an American Teenager starts with a most interesting story of the Silk Road. The area is vividly detailed and while detail trumphs dialogue in most cases, the reader still finds him or herself captivated by the characters interactions.
Along the way, moral ideals are protrayed through the characters expirences. Danger and intrigue haunt the path before them and yet romance still flourishs.
The second half of the book, I'm afraid, does not live up to the first. Sikin, the main character seems to have developed a keen sense of stragey that simply wasn't in his character the first time. The author slightly protrays his own character, out of character. The action is intense, but short-lived and very, extremely, terribly linear. If Sikin says it will happen, it happens.
The second teleportation seems to revolve around Sikin's expirence with Monks. Instead of detailing the history, like the author does with the other historical areas, Sikin's expirence here is mostly his own spiritual growth. While that is admireable as far as maturity, it does little in the way of the plot and almost seems unneccesary.
Fortunatly, the first half of the book more than makes up for these faults. The romance is limited, as it seems it should be, and the provocative nature is beautifully protrayed most of the time. All in all, Andrew J. Rodriguez writes an excellent novel, full of wisdom, for all the ages.
Fantasy, history, romance and adventure-this book has it all! Jul 23, 2005
Genre: Historical Fiction Title: The Teleportation of an American Teenager Author: Andrew Rodriquez Fantasy, history, romance and adventure this novel has it all! An excellent read for all ages. George McKinley is an extremely spiritual man. Although organized religion is not part of his life, his yearly trips to Stonehenge connect him with his spirit and the spirits of those gone before. During one of George's visits a wondrous gift is bestowed upon him and his descendents-the ability to travel back in time with the purpose of preventing history from repeating itself. Ivan McKinley is an eighteen-year-old typical teen in 1926 until the night he and his grandfather George send him on the journey of a lifetime. Ivan travels back in time to the days of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route linking Asia and Europe in the Middle Ages. Ivan finds himself submersed in a culture so unlike his own, yet comfortable in his heavy leather boots and fur lined clothes. He is now Sikin and stands at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert, the largest most formidable desert on Earth. We travel with Ivan and his companion, Tiblina whose survival skills are beyond reproach for a young woman. The quest is difficult and the characters they meet are often threatening. The author's in depth research of his subject takes the reader on a realistic, absorbing journey where all of the senses are heightened. Readers taste the roasted Gerbils and the thick yellow goat's milk, the smell of spices and unwashed bodies and experience the desperate feeling of thirst as the travelers move across the Land of Death. Sikin and Tiblina fall desperately in love however both realize that one day he must return to the future. Will he ever come back to her? Will Ivan McKinley remember the beautiful exotic Tiblina? Pick up a copy today and enjoy the armchair journey of a lifetime with Sikin and Tiblina and all of the other colorful characters that come to life in Andrew Rodriquez-The Teleportation of an American Teenager. Author Andrew Rodriquez has written several novels, this being the last in the series. This reviewer will be anxious to read other works by this historical scholar who not only delights readers with his characters but guides them through the pages of history in a most enjoyable and enlightening way. My only critique would be that the title may deter historical fiction readers from choosing the book and that there are several punctuation and spelling errors. However, that said this reviewer would recommend this as an excellent, entertaining read. Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe, Allbooks Reviews.
"The Teleportation of an American Teenager" by Andrew J. Rodriguez Jun 29, 2005
The Teleportation of an American Teenager, by Andrew J. Rodriguez: Denver, Outskirts Press, 2005. ISBN: 1-932672-79-6. Paperback, 5½" x 8½", 334 pages. Must Read. Review by Walden P. Pratt.
It is June 1926, and young Ivan McKinley of Yonkers, USA, suddenly finds himself in the deserts of central Asia-in the 13th century! How? By means of an ancient Druid spell invoked by his loving Irish grandfather. So it is that Ivan is plunked down on the Silk Road, the treacherous desert trade route between Turkey and Cathay. Arriving in a sandstorm on the edge of the great Taklamakan desert in western China, Ivan-now going by the name of Sikin-is given refuge by a nomadic Tartar family. In their adopted orphan daughter, the exotic but uncultured Tiblina, he senses innate intelligence, a proverbial diamond in the rough. As he bargains with them for camels and provisions for his trip, they include her for an extra ounce of gold; she is too stubborn about her virtue to be of value to them, yet she is tough, highly skilled in silk decorating, and knows the desert route and its hazards. Rodriguez entices us to travel eastward with their tiny caravan along the hazardous road, and feel the sand stinging their eyes. We learn Caucasian culture and customs from Tiblina while Sikin introduces her to basic western concepts of knowledge. We share their relief at the oasis of Turpan when they meet Signore da Ponte, an ailing elderly Italian aristocrat who knows things that might save their lives, as this unlikely trio makes its way through storms, survives bandit raids and encounters with Mongol patrols, and visits the luxurious caravan of a Persian princess. We live with them through various escapades as they travel to Dunhuang, where da Ponte connects with his old friends the brothers Polo-Marco's father and uncle. We wonder, as Sikin does, what will happen to his friends when the time comes that he must teleport himself back to America. How will his parents react on hearing his fantastic tales? Will he travel again, perhaps to other places? Will he ever again see his beloved Tiblina? I didn't want to put this book down! Rodriguez's carefully drawn characters, his vivid descriptive imagery of places, things, and people, and his ingenious plots and subplots bring both historical and fictional figures alive. Adventure, intrigue, art treasures, rich dialogue, precious gems, suspense, romance-all add up to a compelling read. And this story seems made to order for an exciting miniseries!
wonderfully woven and intricately detailed Jun 16, 2005
What would you do if you were given a quest to travel through time? As a soul traveler in "The Teleportation of an American Teenager" young Ivan will spend time as a completely different person, in effect, becoming a completely different person in his own life. Will what he learns of humanity change the course of history, or that of the future? Is this what his quest was intended to be?
It all began with the Druids and the place of ancient speculation, Stonehenge. George, Ivan's eventual grandfather, is drawn to the mystical setting, awaiting word from his ancestors. The Celts paid attention to the past and this is truly the very essence of what would later become the quest, and ultimately, Ivan's life's purpose. George is indeed visited by a Goddess who bears a message to him. Surviving the famine, George makes his way with his young son Finn to a new life in America. They are fulfilling their destinies.
Ivan will spirit travel (the author calls this teleportation) and spend time in historic places. Thus telling a story within a story, all for the purpose of completing his quest. The tale is wonderfully woven and intricately detailed. This epic adventure is sure to please everyone who reads it. At once paranormal for the method of time travel, adventurous for the situations Ivan finds himself, and romantic for obvious reasons, the book is an outstanding mixture of appeal to many readers. Self touted as a "novel for all ages," the novel is also a book for all tastes.
The author has done a wonderful job immersing the reader in historic settings, introducing deep characters and completing a full plot. A handful of typos did little to distract me from the enjoyment of the read. I am hopeful that Andrew J. Rodriguez is hard at work on additional stories and that we will soon be hearing from this author again in the near future.