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Moments in Time (Chronicles of Eternity Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Gordon
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Book Description

A hypnosis session in a candlelit room opens the door to the long lost world of Nero’s Empire in the first century A.D. where the young Auxiliary Centurion, Graecus, and his men struggle to uphold the honourable principles of their General and to survive the vicious politics of a corrupt age. Through the opening of this portal into ancient times the day to day life of the soldiers - the dangers they faced, the food they ate, their deep comradeship, laughter and victories - is revealed and how, amid the perils of a turbulent world, a love was found which would echo across the coming centuries.

This is the first book in the Chronicles of Eternity series. Books II and III – ‘The Weight of Time’ and ‘A Capital Time’ are available in hard copy and in eBook formats.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autharium; 4 edition (5 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AO8ZLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Judith Gordon never thought of herself as being a creative person - as a barrister working in big companies travelling the world, she felt that creativity was for wimps. Twenty five years on and five books later, she now thinks differently: 'I didn't know how fulfilling writing would be', she says, 'Nor how difficult. I mean, it can be really heartbreaking to have to find the words for some of the scenes in my books but, because I'm writing about soldiers in a savagely cruel world, I must be true to my characters and have to steel myself to put the words on the screen. There are consolations though, because I also get to write funny scenes and, sometimes, I have the satisfaction of giving a nasty character a suitably horrible end'.

In addition to the Chronicles series, Judith has written a modern women's fiction novel, The Day My Life Changed, under the pen name Annie Francis-Clark. It is available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book formats.

Judith likes to relax by cooking for her family and friends and loves going to the cinema with her husband, Ray, and taking their whippets Hugo and Skye for walks in the park in Shrewsbury where they live. She is also a great film fan, preferring anything which doesn't have CGI filling the screen.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moments In Time 24 Aug. 2009
Format:Paperback
Being self employed I have little time to read these days. "Moments in Time" was a must for me as I had been being asked by J.A.Gordon to come up with a cover for the story. So I allocated one wet Sunday to bury myself away and do some research by flicking through the pages to get a gist of the book to achieve this. Little did I know how quickly I would be swept away in an adventure I could not get out of.

I'll be honest it isn't the kind of book I would normally have picked up I'm more macabre fiction or detective stories, a lover of Anne Rice, classic writers Jane Eyre, The Bronte Sisters, Enid Blyton, A.A. Milne and of course Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", however from page one it had me hooked the descriptive narrative had you in the camp with the men you could hear them, smell them and feel the emotions they felt.

Not since Harry Potter have I read a book so fast, cover to cover in one day and then I read it a second time slowly to really get the full atmosphere of the amazing story as it unfolded. I have laughed till I cried at the antics of the men and cried over the turmoil they have had to deal with. I could not put the manuscript down I so enjoyed following this band of men and their daily life. "Moments in Time" is a truly amazing story full of life, humour, compassion, harsh trials, comradeship, honour and most of all love.

I have been so moved by this book that when it came out in print I read it again, I raved about it so much all my mates have wanted their own copies and my Father is chomping at the bit for book two "Weight of Time" to be released.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasurable Historical Escapism 22 Sept. 2011
By Matt B
Format:Kindle Edition
One of those rare books where you become absorbed by the setting. Full of vivid characters who bring alive what it must have been like being a professional Roman soldier during a time of great upheaval. There is a wonderful cast of characters with some great lines and who demand to be loved, hated and laughed at. This book is begging to made into film. The balance of dialogue and description is just right, maintaining a pace throughout that demands you read the next chapter and the next until the next thing you know your alarm is going off and it is time to get up. This is Clavell territory and the fact that this is the first book in the series is a wonderful thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MOMENTS IN TIME. WELL SPENT 25 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was an excellent book to read, especially if you like Roman history. It is fiction at its very best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 12 April 2013
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An enjoyable read, set in a period of history I know very little about. It was a refreshing read, a change from my usual comfort zone and a great start to the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Moments in Time. It is a story with twists and turns, love and hate, leadership and doubt, failure and success.
It reveals the inner feelings of a Roman destined for greatness. His loves, disappointments, hopes, frustrations and victories. You can almost smell the campfires and the aroma of the food and share the laughter of the men gathered to share the events of the day. History, humour and adventure - what a mix.
I thoroughly recommend this for bedside or poolside!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting introduction to a vivid series 16 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
If you enjoy reading books with thrilling plots and engaging heroes, disturbingly convincing historical detail and an epic vision of the late Roman era, you will love Moments in Time. The central characters are father and son warriors and very attractive they are too. I fell in love with both of them. The supporting cast of colourful and believable 1st century peoples, drawn from many regions and races, is a delight. Though I have read much set in this period, nothing else comes close to the sense of place this author has created. I was completely charmed and enraptured by the story, the cast of characters and the gently unfolding plot, which is as much a love story (or many love stories) as an historical drama. I am gripped by the unusual and intriguing twist to the plot which obviously I won't divulge... but I cannot wait to know the ultimate outcome. Gordon's writing is studded with convincing period detail yet it is easy to read. It is informative about the mores and politics of this violent and terrible era without being over-scholarly. I am so glad I had borrowed all three of the current titles as I could start on the second in this series the moment I finished the first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 24 Oct. 2011
By nosspot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was one of those books that you will want to read in one go. It really does get you in the first few pages and I loved the fact that it wasn't to "Latiney" and long winded, just enjoyable. I want to read the next installment but don't understand why the first and third installments are available on kindle but the second is only available in book form. Seems to defeat the point of having a kindle to me if you have to have one version in book form.Wouldn't it be better to have all three titles in both formats?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great read 23 July 2011
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This book is so easy to read, the characters become your best friends as the reader is immersed in the life of a Roman soldier. The book is filled with an abundance of good humour and narration. Will definitely be buying the other books in this series and thrillled to have them available on the kindle at such a bargain price
A must read for all interested in Roman history and who appreciate a philosophical perspective on those times
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm. A Centurion crying over a young slave boy ...
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A Centurion crying over a young slave boy. His sidekick cooking more pies, pates and exotic dishes than a Master chef series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SilverGS
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasurable Historical Escapism Part 2....
Some books require lots of concentration and a dictionary, others require a cozy chair, a hot coffee and a bar of chocolate. "Moments In Time" falls into the latter category. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Soldier or not?
Well portrayed but seems such a lot of words to get not very far. Loved the idea of being the natural child of an Emperor
Published 15 months ago by Beady
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
If you like a good story with an historical theme then this book is for you. I completed it in two enjoyable afternoons. Read more
Published 19 months ago by margaret clitheroe
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit wierd
This could have been a straight historical novel. No need for the weird time travel beginning. Apart from that it was okay without being a page turner,
Published 22 months ago by dobie
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
This book started OK but I soon got bored with it due to the grammer and the depth of the story. I like books on the Roman period and also sci-fi so I thought that this book which... Read more
Published on 11 Jan. 2013 by TVR-Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars chronicles of eternity 1
each person has his own likes in material he reads i found this book intriquing to say the least thanks
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this
Really really enjoyed this first book. Well written, full of excitement and drama but felt it dragged towards the end a bit. Read more
Published on 13 Oct. 2012 by R. Howlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Reincarnation, history this has it all
This triolgy was amazing and I could not put it down. I have read most of the review on Amazon and have to agree the historical element of thes books it fantastic, but thats not... Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by Michael Golding
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronising and dull to say the least
This book promised a lot and even a series to look forward to. I enjoy books set in history and if well researched even better. Read more
Published on 22 Feb. 2012 by Miss L. J. Stevens
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