Escape from the Past Trilogy

Sep 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles, Lodestone Books, Young Adult Fiction

We have a cover reveal for the third book in the Escape from the Past series for young adults. 

Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End

jhp5773d9acdfaebWhen Max learns that Karl helped spring him from Schwarzburg’s dungeon during the first game, he feels obligated to return the favor. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but supposedly Max is the one who rescued Karl from Hanstein in 1473 and helped him return home.
When at last Max finagles a way into the castle, Bero is less than pleased to see him, Lady Clara is near death and Juliana is not meeting his eyes. Can Max sway his friends, help Karl and stay out of Schwarzburg’s clutches? And will he ultimately stop Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game?

“… Gamers and general readers alike will find the Escape from the Past trilogy unputdownable. I sure did, and so did my teen boys.” ~ Daniela I. Norris, author of Recognitions



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The first two books in the series are out now!

Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath

When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a Escape From the Pastpreview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realize that 1) He’s been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game’s rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever.
Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets’ nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.






Escape from the Past: The Kid

Escape From the Past The KidTime-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881!
After a huge fight with his parents, Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game misleading him, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn’t at all the ruthless killer history made him out to be.
Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister, Ela, escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid’s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine.






annette-oppenlanderAnnette Oppenlander

The author of three novels for teens, Annette Oppenlander ( loves telling stories about young guys thrown into interesting and challenging historical settings. She was inspired to write the “Escape from the Past” trilogy after watching her two boys grow into avid gamers, visiting the ruins of Castle Hanstein in Germany and New Mexico.

“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”

Annette holds an MBA in marketing and market research and lives with her husband and mutt, Mocha, in Bloomington, Ind.

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