The Chronocar:  An Urban Adventure In Time

The award winning novel by Steve Bellinger

What people are saying about The Chronocar:

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Incredibly clever! --Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

**** I could tell the author put hours of time researching facts and events to write this book. It was well written and the editing was perfect. The story was easy to follow. . --Deanna James, Paperback Pushers

"The story was very entertaining...shows that [the author] understands the art of storytelling." --April Freeman, Paperback Pushers

**½ The Chronocar, exists somewhere between this kind of “apocalyptic accounting” and chaos theory’s butterfly effect.--Black Girl Nerds

"It is a well-edited story that holds interest and has quite a shocking ending." --YA Book Reviews

***** I've read other novels about time travel... but Steve Bellinger's thesis about its consequences is unique and disturbingly credible... The ending is perfect. Just Perfect. --Sarz Maxwell, Author

"Incredibly clever!" --Rick Kogan, After Hours with Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

"I rarely pour out my praise on a book, but Steve Bellinger did a fabulous job in writing The Chronocar. From the beginning, the story grabbed my attention..." --MaryEllen Herra, Portraits of M.E.

***** "Excellent time-travel novel with a brilliant twist." --GoodReads Reviewer

***** A well told tale, full of believable science and well crafted characters...unique and a must read for all time-travel fans. --Amazon Reviewer

"The Chronocar is an excellent time-slip story that excels in unpredictable twists and strong characterization; both of which keep readers on edge and completely engrossed." --Recommended Reading, Donovan's Literary Services

***** "As a fan of H.G. Wells, this book took me by surprise... The ending was extremely good, with an unexpected twist." --Amazon Reviewer

***** "I just couldn't put this book down." --Canadian Book Addict

**** "...a highly satisfying read with a very nice twist in the finale. Certainly something I would recommend to any sci-fi enthusiasts." --By Rite of Words

"This time-bending, cautionary tale is by turns exciting, funny, and dark as it propels through time and tragedy." --Historical Novel Society

***** "THE CHRONOCAR defies many expectations - the plot moves along at a brisk pace, tropes are used in creative ways, and the ending contains a twist worthy of THE TWILIGHT ZONE." --Gordon Dymowski, Goodreads

"Bellinger’s easy, readable style is deft at explaining technology or painting a scene."

"The Chronocar...has something for just about everyone as it takes you for a ride through time."

"...utterly phenomenal, Science Fiction at its purest!" --Boman Desai, author

*****"...I found The Chronocar an excellent read that I would recommend especially to teens and young adults." --Reader's Favorite Review

"I absolutely loved this book and believe me I have read a lot of Science Fiction over the years...a real page turner."

"…the most innovative take on time travel that I have ever read… Be prepared for some interesting twists.” —Ronald Jones, ‎Black Science FictionSociety

***** ” If only I could travel back in time before I read the book so I could read it again!” –Amazon reviewer

***** “This exciting time-travel tale kicks ass! …it reads like a thriller, complete with a wicked twist that slaps the reader upside the head.” –Amazon reviewer

***** "…the story is, in turns, intellectual, funny and touching while playing with paradoxes of time travel. The Chronocar is one wild ride.” –Amazon reviewer

***** “I’m a history fan, not a sci fi buff, but a friend recommended this so I read it. I loved it!” –Amazon reviewer

***** “… The Chronocar reminds me of how I felt when I discovered Robert Heinlein’s books in 7th grade.” –Amazon reviewer

Imagine being born the son of a slave with the mind of a genius. That was Simmie Johnson in the years following the Civil War.

After a perilous escape from lynch mobs in Mississippi, he manages to earn a PhD in physics at Tuskegee, and in his research, discovers the secret of time travel. He develops a design for a time machine, called a Chronocar, but the technology required to make it work does not yet exist.

Fast forward a hundred and twenty-five years. A young African American Illinois Tech student in Chicago finds Dr. Johnson’s plans and builds a Chronocar. He goes back to the year 1919 to meet the doctor and his beautiful daughter, Ollie, who live in Chicago’s Black Belt, now known as Bronzeville.

But, he has chosen an unfortunate time in the past and becomes involved in the bloodiest race riot in Chicago’s history.

Click here to learn more about the Red Summer Riot of 1919

The Chronocar is now part of the collection and archive

of the Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology