Item description for Out Of Time (J D Stanton Mysteries V5) by Alton L. Gansky...
Overview In this riveting third book in the J.D. Stanton Mysteries series, the retired Navy captain sets sail with two sailors and a crew of five dysfunctional teenagers. After a storm, a dark object emerges through the mist: It's a military ship from the British Navy--the HMS "Archer"--a relic from World War I that went missing in 1913, never to be found.
Publishers Description The fog released more of the ship. As he watched the bow slowly emerge, Stanton saw something that made his gut twist. This can t be. Stanton stared at the gray-white battleship. It s a Dreadnought. But that kind of ship ceased sailing three-quarters of a century ago. It starts as a trip to help five troubled teens, courtesy of a new Navy youth program. With retired submarine commander J.D. Stanton serving as captain and two young naval officers heading the expedition, the state-of-the-art catamaran leaves port. It s a routine voyage . . . until a mysterious storm pulls Stanton and his crew into an eerie world of swirling mist and silence. There is no sun, no moon or stars, no way to take a bearing. Electrical appliances fail. The diesel engine is sullen and unresponsive. And then, out of the mist, a ship slowly appears---H.M.S. Archer, a pre-WW1 Dreadnought. A ship missing since 1913. The antique vessel holds disturbing surprises: a ghostly crew . . . evidence of a mass murder . . . and a thousand questions. Now J.D. Stanton and his untried team must discover the answers---before this ship out of time leads them to their destruction."
From Publishers Weekly This well-paced Christian mystery features strong writing, an original plot
and ambitious use of time travel and theoretical physics. Captain J.D. Stanton
(featured in two previous Gansky thrillers) brings five troubled teenagers on
a weeklong sailing expedition to learn values and, he hopes, a bit about
Christian faith. A terrible squall disrupts their trip and leaves them "dead
in the water" (without electricity or communications); then a 1907 battleship,
uninhabited and seemingly untouched by time, appears out of the fog. One of
the teens must overcome his own pain and bitterness to save the ghost ship
from being destroyed and save his companions as well. Gansky is a skilled
writer, and readers who are interested in naval history will enjoy this
unusual maritime suspense novel. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business
Citations And Professional Reviews Out Of Time (J D Stanton Mysteries V5) by Alton L. Gansky has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/15/2003
Christian Retailing - 10/06/2003 page 22
CBA Retailers - 11/01/2003 page 45
Romantic Times - 10/01/2003 page 71
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.13" Width: 5.13" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series J.D. Stanton Mysteries
ISBN 0310249597 ISBN13 9780310249597 UPC 025986249595
Availability 0 units.
More About Alton L. Gansky
Alton L. Gansky is the author of eight popular novels, including A Ship Possessed, Terminal Justice, ""and his newest release, Distant Memory. He is also the senior pastor of High Desert Baptist Church in Phelan, California, where he has served for more than a decade. He and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three college-aged children.
Alton L. Gansky was born in 1934.
Alton L. Gansky has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Out Of Time (J D Stanton Mysteries V5)?
A great read--a thrilling ride Jun 28, 2006
I don't know how Alton Gansky continues to do it, but his J D Stanton books always keep me turning pages as fast as I can. This well-crafted work was hard to put down. And don't make the mistake of trying to read the last fourth of the book when you're alone, late at night--you'll sleep with the lights on. I did. Here's hoping that there are more J D Stanton books hidden in Gansky's fertile brain.
Amazing perspective! Nov 28, 2005
Retirement for most people is the time in life when they can sit back, relax, and not worry about any problems. Not for J.D. Stanton! A retired naval officer, Stanton has a plan to help troubled Navy brats by taking five kids out on a catamaran to travel the seas. Stanton and his crew of two quickly learn that the kids' troubles run deeper than a little salt air will reach. When a pre-WWI dreadnought (a ship) appears out of the fog, those with Stanton continue to fight against each other, and now an unknown force, realizing they can only win one battle. Mixed with excitement and mystery, this book gives time a twist so the reader must change their whole view of a time line. The author of the book, Alton Gansky, knows just how to hit the reader with a surprise. Time is not contained in just the present. Stanton, his crew, and the kids board the ship, which is the size of a floating city, only to find that it is empty. The motors are off and there's no crew in sight, but the vessel surges on ahead, cutting through the waves. In what turns out to be a deadly fight against the laws of time, the kids learn they can trust J.D. and his crew. In one scene aboard the ship, they realize they must get off the ship to survive, but the most challenging kid has hidden himself on the boat. He continues to elude them as time runs out, though they risk their own lives to save him, but J.D. will not give up until he is found. All this works together to weave a gripping book: plot, character development, and downright suspense. Gansky has shown that he can write a book that will not leave your hand until you're done in both Out of Time and another work entitled Beneath the Ice. Out of Time is neat and straightforward, without any subplots unrelated to the voyage or the boat's passengers. The passengers face each other, laws of the universe, and even themselves, and they're running out of time. Tackling life, J.D. Stanton finds in God the strength and protection they will all need for survival.
Although Gansky makes waves, #3 is 3rd best. Mar 13, 2005
I've always enjoyed Gansky's stuff. But for me, this one took me over 100 pages to get into. The first 2 books had my attention like a good old fashioned Navy yardarm! That's the truth. But this one was so easy for me to just put down, and I hate to say it, hard for me not to completely put off. It wasn't the page turner I expected like his first 2 Stanton books, which I though were equally amazing. But Gansky didn't disappoint me the whole way, and I'm glad I stuck around for the whole round trip.
We join Captain J.D. Stanton and a crew, along with a few misfits for some fun. He takes kids with some real problems, not just the problem that the nerd didn't get the prom queen to go out with him, nothing like that! We're talking about kids who need some guidance, someone they might be able to relate to, someone who actually cares. We have a big storm to increase the momentum of this adventure, and THEN we realize why Gansky calls this "Out of time"! AH-HA! So, we take an adventure on a catamaran and have the time of our lives. Just kidding, but it was still a good read. Altogether, while this wasn't my favorite J.D. Stanton book, I'd still recommend it and I'm still looking to read more by Alton Gansky. He's been around for awhile, and that's saying a lot these days!
Questions Raised Dec 1, 2004
Gansky is consistent, providing us fast-paced, imaginative stories with engaging characters. Sometimes, I stumble over a point of implausibility, but I'm still happy to have taken the journey.
In "Out of Time," I was caught up quickly. J.D. Stanton is on a catamaran in the Atlantic, helping out five disenchanted navy kids by giving them some fresh air and a change of view. Problems arise with a freak storm and the appearance of a British warship--a dreadnought from the early 1900s!
Although the encounter with the HMS Archer doesn't happen until half way through the story, I raced through the book. The pacing is handled well, and the questions are raised to create suspense. A few of these questions, unfortunately, are left unanswered. What event actually caused the connection between past and present, for example? We are left to fill in the pieces ourselves.
Like "Beneath the Ice," this book is satisfactory on many levels. Gansky likes to think outside the box. I'll look forward to his next thriller.
Another engrossing J. D. Stanton book May 5, 2004
I don't think Gansky can write a bad novel, and his J. D. Stanton ones have been the most exciting. This was the 3rd Stanton novel, and not quite up to the 5-star rating of the first two. I loved the premise--anything involving time travel really intrigues me. Gansky handled it well. The "out of time" part of the story seemed more believable to me than the unlikely cast of teenage characters. To me this was the only downside to the book. I could not identify with any of the youngsters (never knew a teen remotely like any of them) but the main adult characters are well drawn. Also, I expect so much of this author that any minute flaw in the story is noticed, so maybe I am overly critical. Out of Time did have a satisfying ending, and I was definitely glad I had read it. I still wait eagerly for any new Gansky novel and pre-order it sight unseen!