Egyptian Time Travel , February 7, 2008
Ball "Book lover"
In Across Time, O. J. Harp has carved a picture of ancient Egypt
that began before history was written. This adventurous story
starts out with Imhotep, Mutshat Maat,and the brothers Bekele,
and Paki sailing down the Azure Sea . The travelers encounter
a Supercroc and from that point on their journey sails uphill.
Imhotep uses an ancient relic to save the group from certain death.
Use of this relic thrusts them forward in time. Most of the time
travelers are left without memories of whom they are, and they
must assume present day lives. Bekele becomes Dr. Steele, a Psychologist
who works with people that have memory problems. Dr. Steele also
becomes a counselor at a school for troubled students, who also
have memory problems. The school has reported mysterious sightings
of shadow people appearing and frightening the students. The police
are called in when a teacher and student disappear. Officer Mutshat
Maat is instantly attracted to Dr. Steel as he is to she; they
feel as though they have always known each other.
team of psychics is called in to exercise the spirits. To unwind
after the problem is seemingly solved, Dr. Steele decides to take
a Bermuda cruise and take along some of his patients that have
memory problems. While on the cruise the shadow people reappear
and when a mummy is being shown the Shadow people steal the Mummy
and passengers disappear.
enjoyed reading this book as I enjoy stories about time travel.
This story took many twists and turns and at times became a bit
confusing. It has a huge cast of characters and this was awkward
for this reader. However the author provides a nice glossary for
those not familiar with Egyptian history. My copy of this book
was an uncorrected proof but this did not stop my enjoyment of
the book. I really hope that this becomes a series because I will
read everyone of them.
by Margaret Ball
Reviewer Swaggie Coleman of The RAWSISTAZ™, November
RAW Rating: 4.5
Time Waits for No One
O. J. HARP, III, in a most intellectually imaginative way, takes
the mind of his patients, the characters, on a spiritual and subconscious
voyage into the past based on ancient pre-Egyptian history. In
doing so, HARP brilliantly tells two stories simultaneously.
HARP guides the reader in the spiritual, mythical, magical, subconscious
realm of ACROSS TIME through the specialized techniques of the
character Dr. John Steele, an African-American psychologist. The
second story runs parallel to that as the voyage continues in
the carnal realm with the characters in the story unknowingly
transporting the Kemots and the Anu and the Heka and other mythical,
sci-fi characters from early Egyptian history in their dreams.
In order to help bring closure to what is a battle of the pre-Egyptian
ancestral spirits, Dr. Steele teaches his patients to overcome
their fearful nightmares or end their disturbing, re-occurring
dreams through age-regression techniques. Understanding they all
have key roles in ACROSS TIME, the patients learn to look around
their dreams for clues, messages, and supporting details. This
allows the characters to become active in their dreams which is
a genius element of the story and subconscious. They are also
empowered. Certainly, readers will be dreaming differently after
reading this exceptional mastermind story. Awesome!
With brief historical accounts at the outset of the story, the
reader is benefited to understand and learn enough about prehistoric
Egyptian ancestors to see the significance of the characters in
the carnal story over time. The plot unfolds in a sci-fi way to
recreate unfinished business of love and power, good and evil,
and wisdom and destiny. The characters develop to perform their
pre-assigned roles of the past for the future. You will meet Mutshat
Ma'at, the beautiful patient/lover of psychologist Dr. John Steele.
Ma'at suffers from memory loss and unknowingly holds the ultimate
key to her civilization's pre-existence. Then Harp delights readers
with some unique boys who have a talented legacy of their own.
They are at-risk youths charged with great insight and power and
full of humor to move the story along nicely. Dr. Steele must
prepare them for their rightful inheritance in the future ancient
spiritual civilization. Though a bit hurried, this story is awesomely
tied together to accomplish that. It is told very well in simple
language, appropriate for varying levels of literacy and that
is what makes this book especially perfect for the reader who
likes to think and learn critically, consciously and subconsciously.
a Rawsistaz Favorite.
"Rich with history and imagination, a perfect blend
of fact and fiction.", October 16, 2007 By Books2Mention
Magazine "Editor" - See
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with history and imagination, a perfect blend of fact and fiction.
Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx will educate, empower
and inspire readers of all ages."
amazing novel will take readers on a journey through time exploring
the beginnings of ancient Africa. Presenting a culture that is
filled with historical detail, creatively merging the past with
the present and demonstrating what the future may hold."
J. Harp III has created a powerful read that will forge a deep
appreciation of African culture while delivering great messages
of strength, determination and pride."
M. Kirkman, WAF
Book Reviewer, August 30, 2007
Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx by author O.J. Harp III
is a refreshing surprise. It tells the daunting tale of a group
of people who bravely travel back and forth through time in an
effort to discover their true identities, correct some mistakes
of the past and reinforce some timeless principles into their
present existence. When all is said and done, lost identities
are discovered, true love is found, lessons of justice, morality
and truth are learned and, best of all, good triumphs over evil.
Dr. John Steel, a Clinical Psychologist and recent Ph.D. graduate
is happy with his present life. He still, however, has no memory
of his childhood since he, as a pre-teen, mysteriously found himself
by the Potomac River with nothing and no one to validate his existence.
Deep down inside he knows that something is very different about
him - a difference that goes way beyond just his childhood.
As the story unfolds, Dr. Steele slowly unlocks the keys to his
past, unveiling a destiny unlike anything he could have ever imagined.
Other main characters include Mutshat Ma’at, a police cadet
and the long-lost love of Dr. Steele, Dr. Christopher Jones –
a minister and philanthropist (with a past of his own) and students
Eddie Richardson and Victor Carter, of the I Have a Dream Charter
Unbeknownst to this special group of people, they will all soon
be caught up in a battle stemming from their past lives as Nubian
warriors and Kemetic royalty from Ancient Egypt who are being
pursued by an ancient tribe, the Anu and an evil, legendary Pharaoh
who is seeking world domination for all ages to come. The help
of some psychic practitioners, human geneticists and super-intelligent
robots are enlisted along the way as these valiant trailblazers
transcend the barriers of space and time, defying even the laws
This book is a great read and is by no means for the faint of
heart. A lot of historical, scientific and even paranormal information
is covered in this novel, and I found the supplementary sections,
i.e., the fact, prologue and glossary sections of great and necessary
It can be enjoyed by all readers, regardless of age. Some parts
cater to a younger audience, making it relatable in today’s
language while at the same time fostering a desire to learn more
about history including prehistoric times, Egyptology and slavery.
For the more mature audience, it offers a different, more spontaneous
reading experience. It speaks to the adult mindset through themes
of romance, the discussion of art and travel and by dealing with
sociopolitical and religious subjects such as cloning and reincarnation.
I personally identified with the emphasis placed on the beauty,
power and mystery of the Black race.
What I expected to be a dull, long and drawn-out history lesson
actually turned out to be a virtual adventure. The author combined
history, science and psychology and then cleverly blended in the
imaginative elements of time travel, magic, wizardry and extreme
science fiction in order to create this whirlwind tale of past,
present and future ideas. A roller-coaster ride full of twists,
turns, loops and tunnels, this novel goes beyond entertaining
with enough substance to satisfy even the most ambitious thrill-seeker.
Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx would be a great addition
to the list of required reading for high schools and colleges
across the nation. I recommend it highly and give it 5 stars *****.
Literary Critic (Zimbabwe, Africa and London, England)
Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx is an exciting adventure story
by Dr. O. J. Harp, III. It's an uplifting story that should bring
a feeling of unity to African people across the Diaspora. Many
African ethnic groups are represented through the literary device
of wise sayings given by the ancient African (Kemetic) sage Imhotep.
A refreshing use of multiethnic characters (white, African-American,
Hispanic, African) gives this story unique distinction.
The novel answers the question: What might happen if modern day
science decides to clone an ancient Egyptian Mummy? In the novel
cloning is used to bring back long extinct animals. A woolly mammoth
and prehistoric reptiles live again and add an anachronistic flavor
to this epic story.
The novel is an exciting, fanciful tale that brings to mind recent
cinema blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Spider Man, and The
Lord of the Rings. It's a whimsical tale full of ancient Egyptian
(Kemetic) magic and African wisdom. It's a story just right for
all those in need of fantasy and escape, especially the young
and those adults who refuse to grow old.
I highly recommend this novel. Hopefully, it's not the last from
review: Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx © 2005
By: T. Owens
Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx is a masterfully written
novel that has historical significance and a message for personal
upliftment. It is the first novel written by Oscar J. Harp, III,
and it will be a classic document that will stimulate change in
the life of those who read this novel. In parallel with the classic
novel, Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah (1972), Across Time:
Mystery of the Great Sphinx will be another source of information
that will stand the test of time. In Armah's novel on the historical
record of the enslavement of African people, he conveys the message
that rememberers of the way will guide formally oppressed people
towards freedom. Harp is a rememberer of the way, and he has intertwined
a science fiction adventure and a love story to provide inspiration
for both young and older readers. The words he uses are not intimidating
and it is a joy to read bits and pieces of real history in conjunction
with entertaining thoughts about science and love. Harp is a talented
psychologist, and he should be commended for his attempt to invoke
memories of the past as a way to help readers seek a brighter
The novel begins with a Prologue where there were no humans in
existence. It's a time when dinosaurs and megalithic creatures
ruled the world and where we speculate how these mammoth-sized
creatures interacted millions of years ago. In the realm of speculation
resides creativity, and Harp presents a different and refreshing
view of the origins of man/woman. Too often, the origins of the
world and our existence on this planet are told from a Eurocentric
viewpoint. Throughout the text, Harp infuses numerous perspectives
that have Africa as the center of knowledge acquisition. He has
taken every opportunity to use this novel as a teaching tool and
for this reason, it stands apart as a love story with a unique
twist to educate the mind of the reader. Revolution must be made
appealable to the people and if most readers today or reading
novels and love stories versus history books, then Across Time:
Mystery of the Great Sphinx is a saving grace to rescue and reconstruct
our minds toward liberation. Harp seems to teach on every page
about African history, and it was not burdensome to comprehend.
In fact, he has provided a glossary.
He uses time travel to tell this love story and the stage is set
110 million years ago in Africa where SuperCroc ruled the earth.
He quickly leaps to 2 million B.C. during a time when humans were
found to be bipedal. The first characters, sounding like Adam
and Eve, live during the time of the famous fossil find known
as "Lucy." A strong black woman who had not yet become
a Homo sapien; this first black woman revealed in the novel was
described with the same beautiful character as the black women
of today. She was tender, beautiful, emotionally strong, fearless
and a fighter for
her people. Harp infuses love into her heart and provides a clear
demonstration that evil, male chauvinism and aggression are phenomena
that had existed for an eternity. However, her undying love for
a fallen comrade allowed her to be victorious against evil, male
chauvinism, and aggression against her people.
Time moves on to 11000 B.C. in Africa where civilizations are
flourishing in Chapter I - Voyage. An ancient race of African
people, the Anu, were the creators of civilization in this tale.
Harp courses in and out of Kemetic culture to describe how the
Anu people lived. The great Sphinx was reflective of the image
of the Anu people. Harp teaches us about the Ka and the Ba, the
first divisions of the soul. As the story unfolds, it is the winged
Ba that represents the vehicle for time travel from the past to
the future and back. Harp presents the winged Ba as an ancient
Nubian winged figurine representing the soul of deceased individuals.
It was believed the winged Ba was able to fly up to join the sun
god in its endless cycle of birth and rebirth.
The Anu people, the Kemetic people, the Nubians and historical
figures such as Imhotep were the main characters. The Nubian brothers,
Paki and Bekele, were infatuated with the main character of the
story. She was a fine looking Kemetian woman named Mutshat. Each
character was distinct and they exhibited much of what we see
in our personalities today. They all fought together and a winged
Ba helped them to escape from a potential tragedy during ancient
times. In the ensuing chapters, it was discovered that the winged
Ba placed them in modern day Washington DC. After time travel
from ancient Kemet, the story becomes contemporary and Harp uses
African history to reconnect the modern life of the characters
with their ancient past.
In Chapter II - Spring, there was the reintroduction to the reincarnation
of the characters from an ancient time. Some names changed but
Mutshat kept her name. It was a time of discovery about the past
and the meaning of life.
In Chapter III - Haunted School, the reader is led into the negative
spirits that are associated with the unseen. Since Harp is a psychologist
who has worked with students in special education, he uses his
counseling experience with special education students to create
characters who find the souls of the Anu people in the haunted
school. The Anu people have come back with a purpose, but it is
not revealed until later in the text. In Chapter IV - Voodoo Sea,
Harp reminds us of the horrendous experience of the middle passage
and how the Bermuda Triangle (i.e., Voodoo Sea) was due to the
captured African souls and bodies that were thrown into the sea
without correct burial during the middle passage. In Chapter V
- Revenge of the Pharaoh's, Harp invokes the spirit of Rameses
as the pharaoh who has come back to cause destruction similar
to the role portrayed in the Bible about the Pharaoh who kept
a people in bondage. Modern day scientific cloning was a theme
used by Harp to express how Rameses was brought to life in Chapter
VI- Discovery. In Chapter VII - Holy Season, death and destruction
from robots and a love triangle between Paki, Bekele and Mutshat
are untangled. A fight to the death is sought by Paki against
his brother to receive Mutshat's love.
It was found in Chapter VIII - The Anu, that the Anu were not
bad spirits and enemies of mankind. They time traveled to our
contemporary times to alter the future. Along with Imhotep, Mutshat
and the Nubian brothers, the Anu helped to fight against evil
forces. In Chapter IX - The Place-of-No-Time, was where the love
of Mutshat was sought by Rameses. Rameses captured her and wanted
her beauty like everyone else in the story. In this mysterious
land, it was the magical Mmoatia (dread-locked dwarfs) that helped
her and her comrades fight evil. They were elf-like characters
that had a prominent role in freedom. Like any love story, Mutshat
was saved (Chapter X - Rescue) by her man and they were finally
married (Chapter XI - Jump the Broom) after thousands of years
of searching for each others soul.
In sum, the novel contains numerous references to our past and
how a return to the past can help solve current problems we experience.
In the spirit of Sankofa, the winged Ba played the same role as
the Sankofa bird. Harp wants the reader to think about the centuries
of madness pertaining to the stolen dead bodies (i.e., mummies)
and the wrecked sacred burial sites of people of African descent.
This phenomena is unprecedented because no other group of people
has had their ancestors disrespected on the level of African people.
In Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx, the ancestors are
speaking to revenge the travesty of taking bodies and souls from
Africa to foreign places to be housed in museums in other countries.
The spirits want to reclaim the souls and bodies of their ancestors
and return them to their sacred burial sites.
This novel is beyond a love story. It is a powerful description
of how love and history can be combined to offer a solution to
any problems we experience today. Harp does an excellent job at
using the beauty of the black woman as the source of strength
for many characters in the story. Throughout the adventure, the
black woman has shown her dignity, her pride and she is respected
and admired by both friends and foes. To conclude, I fell in love
again with the black woman I know and I owe my marital rejuvenation
to the magnificent words expressed in Harp's novel.