Found in Time

Berlin, Germany 1945

The cherry blossoms may have come and gone in D.C., but the late spring warmth was a stark comparison to what they found on arrival early that morning overseas. As U.S. Marine Major James Jackson looked around, all he could see was rubble. The buildings that surrounded him and his T-1 team of six looked just as they did in the photos he’d studied before they arrived, taken just after the war ended. The smell of smoke hung heavy in the air. The only sound they heard came from a hungry dog barking way off in the distance.

The vibrant city had crumpled under the assault of Allied bombers. What had once been a warm and sophisticated city of science, culture, and art was now little more than a shell, a ghost town. But the team had seen it all before, in Iraq and Afghanistan, bombed and burned out buildings.

“Night goggles would be nice,” Captain Wilson muttered.

JJ peeked around the corner at the rear of the Reich Chancellery, and the emergency exit of Adolph Hitler’s Bunker. Just twenty yards away. His heart raced at the realization they’d actually made it this far. The intel taken from the tons of photos, maps and interviews they’d studied was dead on. And not a soul in sight. Other than the remaining loyal Nazis guarding their Fuhrer and his guests.

“Is my eyesight screwed or do you see only five guards?”

“Roger that,” Wilson responded. “My bet is, with everyone knowing the war’s over, most of the Krauts have run off. Only the extreme shit-heads will stay behind to protect the bastard.”

JJ nodded. The briefing had also stated that, by now, most of the German military had run out of ammo and headed for the hills.

The five German soldiers huddled around a fire drum to keep warm. The flames’ orange light picked out black SS officer’s hats and uniforms, red armbands high on their sleeves, holstered Lugers, assault rifles riding shoulder straps. Four black Mercedes Benz sedans, untouched by the destruction around them, were parked nearby. JJ waved up three other T-1’s, leaving Corporal Richard to watch their backs.

On the whispered count of three, five German-made rifles, operated by the most elite 21st-century combat fighters on the planet, and modified with state-of-the-art silencers, took out the guards with simultaneous headshots. They rushed the bunker door.

Taking the lead, JJ was within five feet of the door when it suddenly swung open. A lone guard, returning with steaming hot coffees in both hands, stared at JJ with more curiosity than shock. Wilson opened fire. The guard took one lunging step then went down hard. JJ winced as the ceramic cups hit the cement and shattered.

“Go!” he whispered. And they slid quietly into the bowels of the infamous Nazi lair.

 


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Summary


The Midwest Book Review wrote, “A deftly crafted and impressively original military science fiction action/adventure novel by an author with a genuine flair for engaging and holding his reader’s total attention from beginning to end, ‘FOUND IN TIME’ by J. K. Kelly is especially and unreservedly recommended…”

Extraordinary warriors fight to protect their country and deliver justice every day. When an aging scientist presents a remarkable new technology to the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon many scoff but one man points to the technology behind men walking on the moon, heart transplants, iphones and the internet and suggests they consider, “What If?” With that, the top-secret technology to send six warriors back in time to test themselves and this new weapon is approved but with a simple doctrine; don’t get caught, don’t change a thing, leave nothing behind, and bring nothing back.

Major J.J. Jackson, a highly decorated Marine whose focus in life is to seek & destroy terrorists, is tasked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test the revolutionary technology that promises the U.S. a military and political edge over foreign and domestic threats. Incredible excursions to famous places and times test the team to the point where some will not return. When JJ goes rogue and asks a higher power to save the woman he loves everyone’s lives will be changed forever.

General Dick Stewart, Chairman of JCS, oversees the program they are hiding from a contentious White House and the CIA. As a supporter of JJ’s career since the death of the younger man’s parents, Stewart must watch his own back as he tries to look after the Major and his eclectic group of patriots. Someone can’t be trusted though and that will come with fatal consequences.

When the new American President comes under siege, first in a motorcade and then at what was thought to be an impenetrable Camp David, those who were FOUND IN TIME must ratchet up their aggression to defeat the most dangerous enemies the country has ever seen.  The sequel, THE LOST PULSE, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and launches this fall.

 

Reviews


The Midwest Book Review wrote,“A deftly crafted and impressively original military science fiction action/adventure novel by an author with a genuine flair for engaging and holding his reader’s total attention from beginning to end, ‘FOUND IN TIME’ by J. K. Kelly is especially and unreservedly recommended…”

“★★★★★ – I really enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this science fiction thriller. It does have a bit of a religious twist. I liked the characters developed in the novel, and the plot ….. I do hope that there are more books to follow with the same characters.” –John Purvis

“…was a thrilling and riveting story whose historical references and plot twists will take its readers on an intriguing adventure from beginning to end.”
Austin Macauley Publishers

“Love the concept! Kelly writes very well and grabbed my interest immediately.”
Novelist Review

“Remember, vengeance is mine.” Powerful. “The Jesus scene is very well done.”
U.S. Marine, Retired

“I found much to admire in it, particularly the unique plot line.”
N.Y. Agent

“I thought it was pretty damn riveting. It’s an awesome read!”
U.S. Military Intelligence Officer, Retired