“Out of time” is a story about three young men dragged by a freak accident from the early nineteenth century into the high tech world of the twenty-third. They are transported through time from the gundeck of the 74 gun ship of the line HMS Spartan and into the hangar decks of the huge new starship NECS Vanguard. They must now come to terms not only with the change of time, but with the gap in their understanding of the universe, science and technology – and do this in the midst of a power struggle between those who seek to take over the governments of the free world and those in the political process who through their own corruption and self interest seek to allow this – and those who must prevent it. The Fleet of starships and its dedicated crews must fight to save the freedom of their peoples – and of the aliens enslaved in the service of the plotters. The three are both a target for corrupt bureaucrats and scientists and a key factor in the frustration of these plans.
Harry Heron, Ferghal O’Connor and Danny Gunn are taken out of their time and plunged head first into another where they find they have as much to contribute as they have to learn.
The Vanguard lurched as if some huge force had wrenched the hull in two directions as she crossed the gate’s event horizon. In the Captain’s Control Centre alarms sounded as several things happened at once.
Darkness gave way to light, a brief glimpse of a huge open space, of things falling about them – and then a sharp drop as Harry, Ferghal and the boy Danny dropped some five feet to a hard deck and blackness engulfed Harry yet again!
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