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Touchstone (1. The Sins of the Fathers) - a time travel historical adventure [Kindle Edition]

Andy Conway
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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One touch... and you're who knows when?

“A brilliant paranormal mystery that’s both intelligent and action-packed. Kicks off this series of books for kindle with an Edwardian thriller that blends science fiction with historical adventure and just a hint of the romance that grows over the series...”

Rachel and Danny, a pair of mismatched History students from opposite sides of the track, find their lives become entwined when an old gravestone catapults them back into their city’s dark past, where they have just three days to prevent the murder of a teenage girl.
But they find that every action has an unforeseen consequence that can ripple through generations.

“A really cool concept that rattles along like an express train. It's never too long before something interesting happens, so it's turn, turn, turn. Ideal for mobile devices like Kindle...”

“I really enjoyed Touchstone 1 and 2 so much that today while in Birmingham I went to Moseley village to see if the place were real. Thank you for writing the books…”


They turned and looked down the alley and gaped in wonder. It was the same alley they’d walked down this morning but everything was different. It was a grim back-to-back slum. A group of snotty pauper children stood staring at them, frowning, silent. They were half dressed and filthy, their saucer eyes reminding her of starving African children she’d seen on TV adverts for charities. She gagged.

‘Oh God, it stinks.’

‘I know.’

‘I think I’m gonna chuck.’

‘Come on,’ he said.

He still had hold of her hand and seemed to realise for the first time. He mumbled something, looked down at the floor and let go of her. She followed him down the alley, passing the blank-eyed street urchins, giving them a wide berth, keeping one eye on them. She had the feeling they might turn feral at any moment, but they just stared and said nothing. It was creepy.

They left them behind and headed for the strip of light at the end, and emerged to the village green, both gasping out loud at what they saw.

It was a busy crossroads hub of horse-drawn coaches, electric trams and promenading Edwardians. It was like turning a corner and walking into a film set. They stood there frozen, mouths agape in wonder.

‘Oh my God,’ she managed to say.

‘It’s true,’ he said.

‘This is really…’ She floundered for the word, but nothing came. There was no word for it.

‘Yeah,’ he said.

‘When are we?’

‘I don’t know.’

He saw the news stand on the green, manned by a shabby old man.

‘There,’ he said. ‘Come on.’

He walked over. She watched him go, cringing inside, feeling that if they stepped foot in this world something awful would happen. If they stood and stared from the safety of the alley’s mouth, maybe no one would see them. But she didn’t want to be alone so she scurried after him. He grabbed a newspaper from the stand and looked at the front page. It was called the Gazette & Express.

‘Hey! That’s threepence.’

‘I’m just looking,’ said Danny.

‘I’ll give you “just looking” you cheeky…’

The shabby old news stand man stopped and stared at Danny.

‘Hang on,’ he said.


Danny shoved the newspaper back at him and grabbed Rachel’s arm and walked her away, back to the alley’s dark mouth.

‘It’s today,’ he hissed.


He frog-marched her back up the alley. She glanced back over her shoulder and saw the news stand man staring after them. There was something about his look that wasn’t right.

‘It’s today’s date,’ said Danny.

‘Today? That doesn’t make sense.’

‘Today’s date. But in 1912.’

They scurried up the alley, heading for the gate to the churchyard.

‘Why are we going back?’

‘We need clothes and we need money.’


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wallbank Books (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,724 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Andy Conway is a prolific novelist, screenwriter and self-publisher who secretly time travels to mine story ideas for his Touchstone series. His first feature film, Arjun & Alison, a campus revenge thriller, toured film festivals around the world and was released in UK cinemas in spring 2014. His second, Long Dead Road, another revenge thriller, is currently in pre-production and was released as a novel in summer 2014.

He teaches screenwriting at Birmingham City University and runs the Shooting People Screenwriters Network bulletin, which goes out to 11,000 writers worldwide every weekday.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 15 Sept. 2014
By simon211175 VINE VOICE
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When I started this, I wasn't sure what I'd make of it by the time I finished. I've read a lot of time-travel books recently, most of which I've enjoyed thoroughly. When I started this one, I have to admit that I wasn't too keen. The idea was good, but I just didn't feel anything towards the characters - instead it felt like something thought up by BBC Three.

However with that said, I found myself wanting to pick it back up again at every opportunity and when I finished, I jumped straight in to the second book. So yeah, I liked it. I liked it enough to pick the next one up immediately. I liked it enough to wonder if Rachel and Danny make it through their adventures.

As the book gets going, the characters get more of an appeal - I think the problem wasn't so much the central characters, but rather the teacher - as it seemed I switched off more in scenes where he played a part.

If you like time-travel as a genre, there are some great books out there, and some bad ones. This one for me is a good one and as such I'd say go for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start. 16 Feb. 2014
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I must admit I love any books that have time travel in them, and this one didn't disappoint either. To make things even better, was to get to the end of this book knowing there were more to come. :) I ended up purchasing all 5 of the books and reading them one after the other over the space of a couple of days. :)
Imagine two students, in a graveyard doing a project and ending up travelling in time. I won't spoil the storyline, but will say there are twists and turns, romance and some hard decisions to make...all totalling up to a jolly good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 22 July 2013
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I had read Andy's script he had turned into a feature "Arjun and Alison" so I knew very well that he could write but I didn't expect to be so blown away as I was with this one. The detail was brilliant. I have a feeling Andy went all out on his research on the history of the town and I felt I could go and visit and really see these places. I love the characters and simply adored this book.
I read it in a day and am about to order the next one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 5 Mar. 2012
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I enjoyed this book. I have read a few time travel books but this one really got to me. I thought it was going to be a typical teenage romance but it certainly wasn't. I had to buy the second book and can't wait for the third. Absolutely gripping
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story 29 Jun. 2013
By bob c
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This tale is excellent I like a story that is believable and not as far fetched as some More like this please
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone 21 Dec. 2012
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An extrememly riveting short book that I didn't want to end and would have loved the book to be longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How times change... 21 May 2014
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A story to make you feel you have gone back to Birmingham in 1912. I could not put it down and can't wait to get into the next adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real page turner 29 Dec. 2013
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Tried this out on a whim, very pleased I did, crisply written, engaging and thrilling, enjoyed it so much, I bought the series !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent time travel book
Great story -read it in only two sessions and now hooked on the series, already downloaded books 2'3'4' 5 and 6,
Well written time travel book but with an historical theme. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all time travel fans!
Although written for young adults - and I am way past young! - I loved it. Well researched with vivid descriptions of Edwardian life in Birmingham; it ends on a cliff hanger with... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money
A great story line, read it quite quick as so much to take in, cannot wait to carry on reading the rest in the series
Published 4 months ago by alex pownall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
foe teenagers
Published 5 months ago by ronald gridley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read nevertheless
Why the end of these books - and I am talking about most of the time-travel ones that I read from here - have the end brought me to such an anti-climax? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this.
The man who wrote this story was certainly not as good a Time Travel writer like the other authors I have read, I stuck it out to the end but I have read better books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Heather Hesketh
4.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone book one
A very short book which is setting the scene for future stories, I expect. A very easy read with an easy going plot. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Philip Moggridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoy this book although it was quite a short one I would have liked a bit more padding to the characters as I didn't feel I got to know them as well as I would have liked but... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MGAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel
I was rapt up in the story, couldn't put it down, as the old saying goes always leave them wanting more, just like the old Dr Who series a cliff hanger leaving you wanting to buy... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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