What happens when someone travels into the past to deliver an urgent message about the future, but ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Would those unintended recipients of the future warning be able to stop any of the atrocities of the 20th Century (including the assassination of President Kennedy)? Or, in spite of man’s ability to travel through time, would God’s sovereignty demand that the horrible events of history’s past can never be changed?
The Visitor, by J.L. Pattison, is a short story best described as part science fiction, part history, part time travel, and part mystery. With a tablespoon of politics, a pinch of dystopia, and a dash of conspiracy, this tale will take you on an entertaining ride with a climactic ending that will leave you in contemplation long after you’ve put it down.
Here’s what others are saying about The Visitor:
– “I appreciated the conflict between the sovereignty of God and time travel. I have often wondered what would happen if time travel were possible. This story reminded [me] of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel of Luke, especially Father Abraham’s words ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.’ Or in this case, traveled back through time.” Javier L. Taylor (5 Stars)
– “A new talent to watch. . . . If the Twilight Zone still existed, this short story would be an episode, it is that good. . . . Rod Serling himself would be proud.” PapaPhilly (5 Stars)
– “Possibly the best short story I have [ever] read!” Anne (5 Stars)
– “I guarantee you will be old before you forget this book.” Mark Escalera (5 Stars)
– “Very thought provoking.” Laura McGowen (4 Stars)
– “The author has crafted an excellent short story that captures your imagination and draws you in with its characters. . . . Well done.” Chris Hohnholz (5 Stars)
– “Reads like a suspenseful Twilight Zone episode . . . . If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone this book is for you.” John Cavallone (5 Stars)
– “There is an allusion to the tension between the sovereignty of God and the outworking of history in relation to time travel. I find that to be an interesting thought experiment. Finally, there’s a big nod given to Neil Postman and his vision of the American future given in Amusing Ourselves to Death . . . . The weaving of an interesting fictional narrative with theology, history, political commentary, media ecology, science fiction . . . in such a short space is impressive.” Heath Cross (5 Stars)
– “I love that it moved quickly and touched on so many interesting points and . . . had such an unpredictable ending.” Bernard Ruiz (5 Stars)
– “It was amazing and scary at the same time. The Vistor left me breathless.” Michelle Bledsoe (5 Stars)
– ” I found this to be a new concept for this genre and actually left me pondering what I would change if I could go back and warn others. Overall, a very thoughtful and entertaining read. The writing and pace was perfect . . . . I found this very enjoyable and thought provoking . . . .” Jenaca (5 Stars)
– “The plot is compelling – I imagine Rod Sterling could adapt it quite nicely for an episode of the Twilight Zone.” Jay Eldred (4 Stars)
– “The Visitor . . . [is] . . . a truism that big things come in small packages.” Chad (5 Stars)
– “Very well written in a manner that kept me riveted to the end.” Paul Bayne (5 Stars)
– “This story left me with so many questions, and theories. Not about the plot or the characters, but about humans and their choice of not seeing what’s right in front of their eyes.” Laura (5 Stars)
“I really enjoyed this book! . . . I didn’t want the story to be over. It had great depth and character development for such a short story. There were several thought provoking themes woven into the story line that hung in my head for several days after reading [it]. . . . I look forward to reading more from this author.” Kayci (4 Stars)
If you’re ready to read a unique tale that is also family friendly, then download The Visitor today at Amazon.com.
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Thanks! I’ve sent it to my PC and look forward to reading it. I pray you do well as an author to glorify the Lord and do good for His people.
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And I would also recommend it. Loved The Visitor. And there is much more coming from this particular author.
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Thank you for the kind words, Mark. I am glad you enjoyed it. I just received my latest review for The Visitor from the “Christian in Canada” blog. You can check it out here: https://christianincanada.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/the-visitor-a-review/
I just read this story on our way home from visiting our grand-daughter. The main gripe i have is that it is too short! Aside from that, it is well written and will gran your attention. The time flew by (as did the highway) while I was reading it. Well done, brother Pattison!
Thank you, Manfred. I appreciate the kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed it. If you get a moment, could you leave me a review on Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Visitor-J-L-Pattison-ebook/dp/B013MBWCJU?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&refRID=YGNCP8GTJXPDK3CR7FMS&ref_=pd_ybh_l_1#customerReviews
Every reader review helps, especially for budding self-published authors like myself. Again, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
– J. L. Pattison