Summary of the Novel – Book I – The Secret of the Cosmographer
In the city of Virtus in the distant future,the team of the TIME SQUATTERS, the three youngsters, 9-15 years old, Alex, Max and his sister Phoebe, live in the fringe of society, having the basement of the biggest museum in town as their shelter.
The earth is flooded and only a few city/islands have survived. Life is really different, cities are almost isolated, surrounded by oceans. Flying is the only way one can cover distances and this has a strange effect on the city architecture, making every building a possible landing space.
The Museum, is filled with objects and ‘memories’ of the old life. Using a special device one can ‘scan’ any item and watch the most important moments of the items’ previous life as a hologram.
But the three youngsters manage to ‘hack’ the scanner and travel back to the ‘lives’ of several exhibits.
In one of their Time Travels, the TIME SQUATTERS meet a young girl in Cambridge of 1680, Rosie, and together they get involved in a long and dangerous search. It is quite a trip they are about to set for, all on their own.
They travel to the Hellenistic Alexandria of the 300 BC, the palace of Rudolf II in Prague 1600, the London Tower 1300, in Paris at the French Revolution and more, to discover alchemical secrets through a series of adventures.
Mathematicians and scientists like Isaac Newton, Leibniz, Fermat, Tadeas Hajek, Ramon Llull, and other historical personalities like Magellan, are mixed in a story of action and mystery.
World becomes soon a very hostile place for the TIME SQUATTERS but it was always hostile for them!
The Secret of the Cosmographer is the first novel in the TIME SQUATTERS Saga.
It is a mixture of adventure and science, where nerds become heroes and heroes get to learn science.
But above all, it is story about friendship, loyalty and strength.
Forsten, takes a last look on his screen. ‘Don’t loose them out of your sight for a moment. Let them think they are invincible, that we’ve got no clue’, he urges his security team.
He watches Alex(15), Max(9), Phoebe(14) and Rosie(16) through the hidden surveillance cameras of the Museum.
The Ark is the largest and most glorious ‘Museum of the Old Life’ in Virtus, a city in the far future.
What he doesn’t know is that Rosie was born in Cambridge in 1664 and was brought over to future in one of the TIME SQUATTERS time travels.
Nor does he know that they are about to travel to the Hellenistic Alexandria of the 300 BC, the palace of Rudolf II in Prague (1600), the London Tower (1300), and more, to discover alchemical secrets that would help them uncover secrets hidden in a Kepler’s drawing: the Secret of the Cosmographer.
In order to succeed they must find out what secret knowledge Isaac Newton, Leibniz, Fermat, Tadeas Hajek, Ramon Llull, and other historical personalities like Magellan shared.
It is a hell of a trip they are about to set for, all on their own. World is a hostile place anyway…
The Secret of the Cosmographer: Book One of the Time Squatters Series