It’s 1915; Britain is at war with the Kaiser. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, working with British Intelligence, decipher encrypted messages describing a profound discovery. Professor Moriarty has unearthed something. An alien device from an advanced civilization, thought to be long dead. Both Holmes and Watson realize that it’s a gateway that bridges both time and space, allowing the traveler to go anywhere, to any time. In pursuit of “The Napoleon of Crime,” Holmes and Watson find themselves catapulted into the future, where Moriarty isn’t the only villain they have to contend with. Relying on his keen intellect, and his highly developed powers of deduction, Holmes must find a way to thwart the plans of Moriarty, as well as other individuals who have nefarious plans for the alien device. A literal doomsday weapon that can change the course of history!
Targeted Age Group:: Adult,
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Sherlock Holmes: The Time Machine was written with the question, “What would happen if Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson were suddenly propelled to our time?”
The first question is what brought them forward in time? The quintessential villain, Professor James Moriarty, discovers an ancient alien device. Holmes & Watson catch him in the act, but not until they pursue him to the future. Going from 1915 to 2015, Holmes & Watson must deal with different government factions and their cronies: CIA, FBI, MI-6 who want control of the device. The story shows high levels of spin-doctoring and deception used to prevent Holmes & Watson from returning to England of 1915. In the end, Holmes is able to finally thwart Moriarty, using the same device that brought the three of them forward in time. Returning to their own Time, Holmes is successful in having the alien device destroyed, causing it to disappear from the future.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I used well known characters: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Professor Moriarty. Their conflict carries them to a future time, our present day. Holmes uses his deductive reasoning as he plays along with an elaborate “cat & mouse” game where differing levels of spin-doctoring and deception are used to keep him and Watson off-balanced. All of the current interest in ancient alien technology, as well as the use of covert operatives belonging such groups as the CIA, FBI, and MI-6 is common in media today. Putting the two together seemed like a possibility where Holmes’ deductive reasoning is what saves both him and Watson from being marooned 100 years in the future.
While the generator ran, we began to see the air, the space between the pillars almost shimmer like the water on a pond being disturbed by a stone skipping across it. Moriarty stood in front of the arch, raising his hands, saying “it works,” with a loud voice. It was then Holmes and I walked up behind Moriarty, pistols drawn.
“Professor, stop the motor,” Holmes yelled.
Turning around, a surprised look came across Moriarty’s face. Then rage took over his features. “Holmes,” was all he said. At that instant, Moriarty jumped into the middle of the arch and suddenly disappeared. I watched with stunned amazement, for I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. Running around behind the device, I found no trace of Moriarty; no boxes or crates provided concealment. Just a bare floor and an empty space. Holmes walked over to the generator, opening the switch and turning off the motor. As the warehouse began to quiet down, Holmes picked up the ledger and began reading. A look of amazement came over his eyes. With each page, his amazement grew. Finally, Holmes finished. Sitting down on a small crate, he began to speak.
“You didn’t find him, did you, Watson?”
“No. I can’t figure out what could’ve happened. He was there one second, then gone the next.”
“It’s not where he went, Watson, but when.”
“What do you mean. Holmes?”
“What Moriarty found among the ruins in Mesopotamia was a gateway through time. Or, a time machine, if you prefer.”
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