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Einstein's Compass a YA Time Traveler Adventure


How did Albert Einstein come up with his wondrous theories of light and time? 

In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?

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Chapter 27 Intervention

Kendra leaned back on her alabaster armchair in the Temple of Research and inhaled deeply. Garbed in a simple mauve robe, the Light Seer felt well-connected to life after a sweet morning of spiritual exercises. With a swipe of her palm over the glass tablet in her hand, she whispered a prayer for the highest good and opened the Flower of Life Infinity Portal. With the power to see the future, it was time to watch the star child Albert Einstein in the nineteenth century on Earth.

The Portal revealed a scene in Albert’s chemistry class. A gasp of horror escaped Kendra’s lips when Albert’s beaker violently exploded, the force of the blast hurling glass, hardware, and wood across the laboratory. The view from the Portal revealed Albert’s limp form sprawled on the floor, one arm of his jacket smoldering. Hastily scanning forward through time, she found Albert once again, this time asleep in a clinic bed, bandages on his arm and hand. Kendra closed the Portal and scrambled to locate the Mystical Travelers.

*          *          *

Three Mystical Travelers—Jesus, Akhenaten, and Moses—were seated around a marble table in the Temple of Light, listening attentively as Johann reported the newest update on Albert’s mission.

“Albert is avoiding his classes because they bore him. His professors teach old science and will not entertain new concepts like Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory. So, Albert’s missed several days at school, and professors Weber and Pernat have admonished him on several occasions to concentrate on his studies.”

The three masters shared knowing glances.

The young light worker went on, “Albert is obsessed with solving the space-time theorems, and he’s missing meals and not sleeping much.” Johann paused and looked at the masters. “I know how Albert can be. He is oblivious to how his behavior upsets his teachers. Even if he knew, I don’t think he’d care.”

A holographic image appeared on the table near Jesus. It revealed Kendra, standing in the hallway. Jesus glanced at Moses and Akhenaten, who nodded. Jesus passed his hand over a light beam, and a doorway opened, admitting Kendra into the chamber.

Wasting no time, she nodded respectfully, then began to speak in urgent tones. “I apologize for interrupting you, but Albert has been in an accident. I believe it was an attempt to take his life.”

Johann’s eyes widened in concern. “I left his side for just a few minutes, and—”

“Be still, Johann, this is not your fault.” Jesus motioned for Kendra to sit. “Now, exactly what happened?”

Kendra quickly opened the Infinity Portal and pointed at the unfolding scene.

Johann and the travelers watched as Countess von Baden planted the volatile elements. Johann shook his head. “I’ve warned Albert that his life was in danger.”

Moses narrowed his eyes, and Johann hastily added, “Of course, I did not reveal more than the Cosmic Law allows.”

The travelers sat back in their chairs as Johann looked to each of them. “I realize we can only do so much, and we must respect the Laws of Karma and Time, but I’m worried that Albert will be tricked by Raka.”

Akhenaten smiled kindly at Johann. “I know it’s hard to watch your friend tread so close to such danger, but this must play out according to the Divine Plan. There is only so much influence we can exert.”

Johann nodded, accepting the truth of what Akhenaten said. “But—”

Akhenaten raised his hand. “Have faith, Johann. The balance of Light and Darkness must be maintained. God’s grace is stunningly powerful. Things always are perfect—if we’re unhappy, it’s because we don’t like them that way.”

The others nodded with knowing smiles as Johann’s protests died on his lips.

“But is there anything we can do?” asked Johann hopefully.

“Increase our vigilance so if God’s grace allows us to step in, we are ready,” Jesus suggested.

“Nothing else? Albert is in real danger!” Johann complained.

Moses replied, “Once Albert completes his mission, the compass will go dormant. Raka will no longer be a threat. We need to keep Albert safe from him until then.”

“There is one thing we can do,” Akhenaten said. Kendra and Johann both looked at him, hoping to lift their spirits.

“We can speed up Albert’s mission. The solution to Albert’s quandary does not dwell in his current dimension of time. We can bring Albert to Atlantis to help him recall what he has forgotten.”

Johann squinted, trying to make sense of this proposition. “Go back to where?”

“Albert is a Child of Light,” Akhenaten explained. “He has been chosen to bring the Atlantean technology of space-time to his own era to further the evolution of science. The compass he carries is a beacon with intense energy from Atlantis. Once he completes his mission, the power of the compass will sleep until it’s time for the next Child of Light to come forward.”

“In another time, Albert was a priest-scientist named Arka, who worked with the power crystals in Atlantis and understood their space-time functions,” Moses added, picking up the narrative. “His spirit in this lifetime is receptive to this knowledge, but he is experiencing difficulty bringing it fully into his conscious mind.”

 “Perhaps we could transport him in his soul body to Atlantis,” Jesus suggested, “while he is recuperating from this incident at school.”

“Hmmm. Yes, I believe that could work. What do you think?” Moses asked, turning to Akhenaten.

Nodding with a smile, the pharaoh who had introduced the concept of the One God to the Egyptians agreed.

The three Mystical Travelers set their gaze on Johann. “You must travel with Albert in soul form to Atlantis. With Ezekiel, you will assist him to enter the sacred gateway and transport his spirit through the dimensions of Light to the correct moment in Atlantis history where he will find himself. The healer of Light will be intuitively expecting him to appear.”

“Me? If Ezekiel’s going to be there, why do you need me? I think this is way beyond my experience,” Johann protested.

Jesus placed his arm around the lightworker in training. “You can provide something that Ezekiel can’t.” Johann looked up at the Master, “Friendship. A familiar face will help him feel comfortable through an exercise that is sure to challenge him.”

Johann swallowed his protest.

*          *          *

A red-haired woman in a white nurse’s uniform quietly loomed over Albert as he lay sleeping in the hospital. Privacy curtains ringed Albert’s bed, so her presence went unnoticed. With a satisfied smile, Countess von Baden checked the syringe she held, making sure it was filled with the lethal liquid. She leaned over Albert’s arm, the needle poised to find a vein. She almost pitied him. The agony the serum would deliver before it finally snuffed out his life, would be unspeakable. Suddenly, the etheric form of a young boy materialized in the space next to her. “What are you doing?” Johann cried out.

Startled, the Countess dropped the syringe, and its glass cylinder smashed on the hard floor, the liquid it held spilling out on the tiles. With a frightened curse, she bolted from the room.

“It appears our arrival is quite timely. The Light still protects my friend,” Johann observed, speaking into the Infinity Portal he had secured to his belt. The holographic images of his three fellow travelers showed their relief.

“Are you ready, Johann?” Moses asked.

Johann gulped in affirmation. The trio clasped hands and closed their eyes in devotion. Jesus instructed, “Johann, focus your awareness on the love in your heart. We will aid you with our love. Now we will pray for Albert’s soul to leave with you.”

The travelers said in unison, “We call forward the Light of God from the Highest Realms to surround, fill, and protect each of us, Ezekiel, Johann, and Albert. We pray for Ezekiel as he supports Albert Einstein in his mission for his entry to Atlantis. All this is for the highest good. So be it.”

A brilliant sphere of glowing light enveloped Albert as his etheric body floated up and hovered over his physical form still in the hospital bed. In his new state, Albert’s gaze was drawn to Johann, and he drifted to be next to him. “Johann?” Albert attempted to touch his friend, but his hand moved right through him. Suddenly, Albert noticed his body below him on the bed. “What . . . ? How . . . ?” Albert’s voice was a mere whisper. “Johann am I . . . dead?”

Johann shook his head rapidly from side to side. “Take it easy, Albert. You’re not dead. I can explain.” Johann took in a deep breath, trying to figure out how to explain the situation to his skeptical friend. “Okay, do you recall what Pater Benjamin told you?”

“Of course, I remember,” Albert said. “But what he suggested sounded like madness. I am a physicist, not a philosopher. It’s . . . it’s . . . not scientific! It flies in the face of the scientific method—observing, postulating, creating a mathematical proof.”

“Yes, I know, Albert. Just give your obsession for tangible proof a rest for a moment. I know how your research has been consuming you.”

“Well—” Albert said, preparing to defend himself, but Johann interrupted him.

“Relax, Albert. I have good news. The Mystical Travelers have appointed me to accompany you to a place where you will be reawakened and given answers you have been seeking.”

“Reax— Where are we going? Will we take the train?”

 “No, Albert. We are going to travel back in time—to an age when you lived in Atlantis as a priest-scientist. A train can’t get us there.”

 “Back in time? How is that possible?”

“Look, just take my hand, Albert. Trust me.”

Still skeptical, Albert grasped Johann’s hand, and they vanished. . .

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Customer Review

Jacqui Murray


5.0 out of 5 starsThe Amazing Einstein, a Story for all Ages

January 5, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

Grace Allison and Laren Bright’s Einstein’s Compass (2019) is a glorious romp through a fantastical world of dragons and god-like light healers who are entrusted with protecting mankind from the realms of evil–wrapped around the historically-accurate adventures of the incomparable Albert Einstein. It starts with young Albert being gifted a compass. Being who he is, he is exhilarated and entranced, wanting to understand everything there is to know about magnetism and the forces that make that little needle point North. What he doesn’t realize is that this is a magical compass, containing valuable pieces of a mystical tool that will, in the right hands, keep the world safe, but in the wrong hands, give ultimate power to a devious creature with no respect for the boundaries between good and evil. To make that point, the authors provide us with a peek into the violent world that this special compass holds at bay. What we find is a power-crazed shape-shifter, a corrupted light healer with an insatiable lust for power.

Between his brow and the top of his skull were two chitinous horns. His burning, red eyes were riveted on the Ark, and an ichorous liquid escaped his lips as he salivated in anticipation. In one swift movement, the dark angel grasped and effortlessly lifted the Ark.

He seems unstoppable until he meets young Albert Einstein, his magical compass, and the forces of good arrayed to help the boy defeat evil.

I follow Grace Allison on social media and have been excited to read this book since I first saw it listed. What could be better than a YA book about one of the incomparable minds in history? Although it is intended for a Young Adult audience, it is well suited to adults who enjoy fictionalized history with a wide-ranging epic theme and a Harry Potter-esque plot.

Somehow, triangles seem to blend nature and science. I even see geometric designs in the flowers in the garden

Life was a series of “Xs” he decided, a series of unknowns.

“It’s complicated, Albert,” Akra interjected. “The laws of space and time, as you are learning, are filled with paradoxes and contradictions.”

As the revelation dawned, he suddenly understood that as you approach the speed of light, space distorts. Things would appear shortened. Everything was relative! Albert gasped as he became aware that he had the fundamentals of his new theory of light.

In fact, I would even call this historical fanfiction, the magic and fantasy built on top of the factual world of Albert Einstein. I was delighted when the story delved into Einstein’s famous mind experiments. That is perfect for YAs struggling with how to solve problems.

This is highly recommended for those who enjoy a saga of good vs. evil that spans tens of thousands of years, for readers who devour novels that blend history and fantasy, and for anyone who is simply looking for a unique story that they will not want to put down.

Comments (6)

  • Grace Blair's picture

    StoreyBook Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel - check Historical - check YA - check Fantasy - check Fascinating read - check As you can see, this book checked off a lot of boxes for me and what I like to read. (Ok, the fantasy genre depends on the book). But this melds the past and present, time travel, and even some religious aspects with great ease. I noticed that the book was well researched because many facts of Albert Einstein's life matched up to another book I read last year, so that made me happy that I didn't have to run off and figure out which book was right and which one was wrong! This is a classic good vs. evil plot line - but with some unique twists. There are lightworkers which could translate to Guardian Angel in a way since that is how one appears to young Albert when he needs some help. They are on the religious side because there are references to Jesus, Moses and other biblical figures you might recognize. Then there is Raka who has managed to survive many centuries only to awake to create havoc in his quest for the Compass which he feels will grant him anything he desires. There are many characters that are woven into this story that add dimension and kept me engaged in the story from start to finish. The story was a fairly steady pace until the end as the conflict between Einstein and Raka escalated and the story really took off and moved at a fast pace. There are times that I gasped at certain events that crushed my heart and other times that I was amazed at the depths of evil from various characters. I wondered about their sanity but they were the right balance to offset the good characters so that the story wasn't overly sweet and innocent. We enjoyed this book and give it 5 paws up!

    Jan 28, 2019
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    Lorilei Gonzales 5.0 out of 5 stars As someone who struggled to understand math and science while in school, I have a deep appreciation for science fiction books that discuss complicated ideas in a way that not only do I understand but also stokes my interest. I also have a particular affection for books that marry science fiction with fantasy, and, even more so, I adore historical re-imaginings. Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on this book. Now, as someone who nerded out on mythology for fun in the fifth grade, I was a little thrown by the Raka story in the beginning. It seemed to stretch onward and I wasn't sure where Einstein would fit into all of it. Fast forward a bit and we're heading toward Biblical times, where my Christian upbringing couldn't help but sit up and lean in. It was like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade grafted itself to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. I knew I was in for a wild ride. And finally, we meet Albert at the wee little age of 6. I knew nothing about Einstein's upbringing prior to this, and I really enjoy learning about historical figures in this manner. It makes them all the more human rather than reading their stats in an encyclopedia. But from the moment Einstein is given the compass, I am reminded that I'm reading fiction, so I shouldn't get too attached to what I was reading and embrace it as fact. I don't know what I enjoyed more: the chapters about Einstein growing up and his descent into a genius or the historical figure cameos. About a third of the way through the book, the story truly brings to focus on Einstein to the point that it's a little jarring when we leave his timeline for an interlude. Kudos to the authors' ability to change tone and style so quickly and completely. (Or did one author write the Einstein chapters while the other tackled the rest?) Nonetheless, the Einstein chapters are written in a way that feels very historical fiction, whereas the Raka-Ezekiel storyline has a very distinct fantasy vibe to it. I feel as though I could go on and on, but you really just need to read the book. It's a YA, but I feel like it reads pretty adult. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical fiction, fantasy, or science fiction book because, honestly, it satisfies all those literary cravings.

    Jan 28, 2019
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    Christena 4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Zerachiel replied, ‘Angels are spiritual beings created by God to protect and guide humans. Each angel has a specific task or job.'” This was one book I’ve been looking forward to reading since it came on my book radar earlier in 2018. The title and synopsis caught my eye during the Arts Festival in Lubbock, Texas. I’d be lying if I did not say that compasses have always intrigued me either real in hand or sitting on shelves in an antique store or REI. Here are some quick takeaways. The book has a compass, but so much more. Soul traveling! Yes! Meeting Jesus and Moses! Yes! Those fantastic takeaways were not discovered in the first chapter. Honestly, the first chapter made it hard for me to get involved in the book. Even though it is an important backstory to the entire novel it became challenging to read and that almost made me want to stop reading Einstein’s Compass but I persevered and I’m glad I did or I would not have discovered the cool takeaways. This story is woven around a jeweled compass that led me on an intriguing, imaginative, journey on a different take of the early years of Albert Einstein. While the language may be a challenge for some young readers, it’s a language you’d expect for older readers and carries this story fully to the end. The story weaves not only the alternative life of Einstein on earth but travels to other world realms of Atlantis, meeting Jesus, Moses, and of course dealing with a shape-shifting dragon. After getting past the first chapter the book becomes immersive on many levels but mainly how the authors brilliantly move the story along in large passages of time segments. Portions of the book rely on the Bible with quoted scriptures. Remarkably, the authors showed that bullies are found in every century! Einstein’s Compass was a story that took me on a wishful and imaginative spiritual journey of not only Einstein, but a dragon, Atlantis, and a spiritual realm that we can only hope would be real once we die. It is a supernatural, fantasy story at its finest. I hear the authors will be publishing this book as an actual paper book! Yay! This is one book I’ll gladly add to my library. "Albert nodded, his bright eyes eager. “Somehow, triangles seem to blend nature and science. I even see geometric designs in the flowers in the garden.”

    Jan 28, 2019
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    Michael O 4.0 out of 5 stars Format: Kindle Edition Einstein’s Compass is a highly imaginative, yet compelling, time travel adventure. It begins in 10,400 BCE on the mystical island of Atlantis, within the Islands of Poseidon, so it grabbed my attention right away. This Atlantis is populated by a subset of mankind totally in tune to the energies of light and love. From Atlantis, we jump forward to nineteenth-century Europe, and we meet young Albert Einstein. The authors quickly connect Albert to the storyline that started in Atlantis, and the adventure begins. As expected, there is an abundance of fantasy, but it is spotted with just enough reference to historical facts so as not to spin out of control. I remained highly entertained from beginning to end! **The Stars of Einstein’s Compass** The main stars of this story are young Einstein and his somewhat magical compass. The compass may not be an actual “character” - but it certainly ties the entire story together. Thus, I consider it a star. Since Albert Einstein was, in fact, a scientific celebrity, I found it very interesting how the authors spun the storyline to get Albert on the path to achieve everything he would later achieve. Although the story ends in the early twentieth century, shortly after Einstein gets his first job, we can see that he is firmly on his destined road. No fantasy would be complete without evil. The evil lust for power was present in Atlantis, personified in a man so evil that he barely flinched when he was accidentally turned into a twelve-foot dragon! Further, this dragon probably invented the phrase you are what you eat! He had the ability to change into the form of anyone, provided he ate them first. Lusting for the power in Albert’s compass, the dragon will stop at nothing to get it back. You may think it easy for a dragon to overtake young Einstein, but it’s complicated. (I think identifying those complications in this review may take away some of the enjoyment, should you choose to read this story. If your interest is piqued, however - GOOD!)

    Jan 28, 2019
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    RoxBurkey, Author of the Enigma Series 5.0 out of 5 stars I purchased a copy of this book directly from the author and wanted to share my thoughts. This novel is a fascinating combination of history, religion, and folklore with just the right amounts of magic and suspense. Having Raka pit himself against cosmic law is actually a delicious twist which help my interest. The continual evolution of Raka was interesting as he continues his hunt for power. Albert and his compass is a great twist and allows for some rich history to be enjoyed as a story, rather than a history lesson. The genius was revealed as intuitive was something I was not expecting but it helped illustrate his curiosity and planning. The intricate weaving of the story between the religion realm and Albert’s world is a captivating tale that keeps the reader’s attention. The good and evil of the timeless religious realm is like watch a chess match to see who outwits who. Trying to figure out when divine intervention would strike and how, makes this tale one of suspense. This story is one that will appeal to Young Adults who enjoy time travel. It takes one on an adventure across time and space with some familiar characters in new situations. I liked the variations between the worlds and the way the authors took me along for the ride. I hope there is a next book somewhere in my future.

    Jan 28, 2019
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    Review EINSTEIN'S COMPASS: A YA Time Traveler Adventure by Grace Blair and Laren Bright Review Poem by Betty Jo Tucker Thrilling to read this story told with such suspense. It's very bold. Albert Einstein and time travel put us under a wondrous spell. Albert ponders light, time and space. Was he born in another place? A compass gift becomes the key to unlocking this mystery. The authors earn our cheers and praise for mystical themes that they raise and for their most exciting book. You really should give it a look. I hope it will be a movie. It's one that I would like to see. Great scenes jump off of every page. This film could be box-office rage! Betty Jo serves as editor/lead critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon. She also hosts "Movie Addict Headquarters" on BlogTalkRadio, and is the award-winning author of the following books: CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT CINEMA STANZAS: RHYMING ABOUT MOVIES SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK

    Jan 28, 2019