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Book details
  • SubGenre:Historical / Medieval
  • Age Range (years):13 and up
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Jack's Story
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:175
  • eBook ISBN:9781618424280

Jack's Story: The Knight

by Paul Cmil

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Jack and his friend Keegan are approached by a boy, Ignacio, in their 5th grade class who tells them his mom is missing and that he had a vision that Jack and Keegan found her. Jack has his doubts, but Ignacio draws a symbol from his vision, a symbol painted on a door on a back street in Denver. After a search, they find the symbol, but it doesn't lead to anything immediately. By a strange twist of fate, Jack's grandfather takes Jack and Keegan on a trip to a small Italian town near the Adriatic Sea. Jack passes through a time warp and finds himself in the year 1099 as a Squire in the service of Sir James, a Templar Knight. They are bound for the Levant to rescue the Lord of the Manor's daughter who is in a castle under siege in Edessa. Jack and the princess are captured by the Turks, but are released. To get back home they must cross the Sultanate of Rum and travel to Constantinople where they search for a relic of the True Cross. They find the relic, but are shipwrecked on the way back to Italy. They finally arrive back in Italy and Jack is asked to train as a knight for the Second Crusade. Jack travels back through the time warp and arrives back in present time. Jack is unsure of what he experienced -- a vivid dream or is he a time traveler?
Ignacio, a boy who attends the 5th grade at Steck Elementary School in Denver, approaches two of his classmates, Jack and Keegan with a problem -- his mom is missing. Ignacio tells the two boys that he had a vision and in the vision, Jack and Keegan found his mom. Jack is skeptical about the story, but Ignacio shows them a symbol and says that it is the first step in finding his mom. While they are looking for the symbol, Ignacio sees a picture of Jack's grandfather and says that he is in the vision too. They find Ignacio's symbol on the back door of a restaurant, but nothing seems to happen. By an unusual set of coincidences, Jack's grandfather takes Jack and Keegan on a spring break vacation to a small town in Italy near the Adriatic Sea. With a plan to go to a sailing school, Jack passes through a time warp and finds himself in the year 1099 as a Squire to Sir James, a Knight of the Templar. The two leave Italy for the Levant, the Crusader States, to rescue the daughter of the Lord of Chartres who is in a castle in Edessa under siege by the Turks. Jack sneaks into the castle to rescue the princess, but before he can get back to the coast, he and the princess are captured by the Turks and brought before the general in charge of the siege of the castle at Turbessel. The general releases them, but all the roads back to the coast are blocked by soldiers, Jack and the princess must travel through the Sultanate of Rum to get to Constantinople to find safe passage back to Italy. The princess has a treasure map that shows the location of a relic of the True Cross that she wants to bring to the new cathedral at Chartres. They meet nuns in a monastery in Constantinople who help interpret the treasure map. The find the relic and their ride back to Italy. On the way across the Mediterranean Sea, they are shipwrecked and rescued by monks on the Isle of Crete. When Jack reaches Italy, the Lord of Chartres asks Jack to train to be a knight in his army. Jack accepts the challenge. Before Jack can get to Chartres, he passes back through the time warp and arrives back in the present time. Jack doesn't know if he had a vivid dream or a vision like Ignacio said he had. When he gets back to school he finds that Ignacio is no longer at his school, he moved over spring break.
About the author
The author, Paul Cmil, is a retired executive that ventured into a stint writing for a local newspaper. After dabbling in several fictional adventures of questionable value, he hit upon the idea of combining his passion for history and the antics of his grandchildren into a time travel adventure. Cmil is graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and honed his writing skills with a long series of writing daily, getting critiqued often, and available specialized courses.