by R.C. Richter

PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
RELEASE DATE: 13th September 2012
FORMAT: Ebook, 322 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult

Every story has a beginning and an end. What lies between these two points is the journey. Crossing the Rubicon is the story of seven remarkable teens as they survive the unbelievable. What started out as a simple weekend trip exploring the Chungo caves, became a journey which took them back 275 years in time, had them cross multiple continents, and stretched them to their limits. Discover how they survived with just the clothes on their backs, some limited technology and their wits and resolve. In a world without computers, without the basic items we use each day, could you survive? (Goodreads)


Seven friends set out on a camping trip that changes their lives forever, a story, which I expected to have the same impact as the film, Stand by Me. I picked up CROSSING THE RUBICON expecting an exciting adventure where I would be engrossed from start to finish, a story rich in history and culture as seven friends not only stand the test of time but of survival.

Written in a diary style format, from the point of view of Trinity, a seventeen year old girl and one of the main seven protagonists. Trinity recorded the events after a simple trip into a cave turned out to be glitch in time that took these seven friends back to 1740.

Once camp was set up, the group of friends hiked into the Chungu caves and set out to explore them, once inside a strange thing happened, all the batteries went dead and they had a strange experience.

It was then that it happened, and the course of our lives would change forever. When I think back, we all had a somewhat different description of the exact events, but the first thing I remember was a soft static sound that caused an uncomfortable ringing in my ears. The sound became more intense, and I could actually taste it. It was like when you were a kid and put a nine-volt battery on your tongue.

When they exited the caves, the trail had gone and the tree the rope was tied to had disappeared, things began to get much stranger as they could not locate their camp or their SUV. With nothing other than their daypacks and the clothes on their backs, these seven friends had a mammoth task to survive and make decisions that could mean life or death, in a world that was foreign to them.

Trinity, Andy, Kim, Keara, Tom, Jacob and Robert decided to head west to try and outrun winter, living off the land and walking miles each day in hope of finding somewhere to call home. The trials these friends faced were difficult and not all of them made it, travelling from place to place using their knowledge of history to map out a successful and profitable future.

The idea for this plot was good, however I was unable to connect to Trinity, the style of writing for me felt detached and although I know she is telling her story through a diary, I felt that CROSSING THE RUBICON lacked depth, emotion and description. The sentences were short and to the point, the word nice was often used to describe a place, with no further expansion.

Seville was very nice.

Thoughts and comments were not expanded on.

It wasn’t great being a woman at this point in history.

I found that the story was slow paced and lacked excitement, a 322 page book usually takes me a day or two to read, CROSSING THE RUBICON took me five days and I had to force myself to pick it up. I am aware that I would not be able to write a book and it does pain me to give a negative review, please remember that everyone has different opinions, when it comes to reading, so keep an open mind as CROSSING THE RUBICON was not for me.

There was one part of the actual writing I enjoyed and that was one fighting scene on a Spanish ship, I found myself turning pages quite quickly until the scene played out and I was left feeling empty by the lack of emotion that should have been felt, fear, anger, sadness and love. A reader has to feel these emotions by the way the protagonist experiences and deals with life and I felt that the author told you what to feel rather than you feeling it for yourself.

CROSSING THE RUBICON is a story about the point of no return and making the best of what you have available, the friends, which were left did that and the plot came full circle giving closure and a happily ever after, which is always a great way to end.


CROSSING THE RUBICON was a very close DNF read for me, however, I persevered and struggled my way through to the end. I found connecting to the characters difficult as only limited details were given, emotion was missing and I felt extremely detached from the overall story, which was disappointing. I was relieved when I reached the end of the book. The author does give a little something back, however, if you manage to make it to the end.


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Gemma January 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hmmm, seems to me that maybe the style of writing was not sutiable for the genre/cubject? The fact that it was in diary form may have been a hinderence. Maybe if it had changd to a first peron narritive out with the confineds of the diary it may have worked better.

Good review though. Don’t think this will go on my Wishlist


Becs January 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I don’t blame you for giving this one a miss. I think you may be right and it probably would have worked better from a third person, the way it was written felt so detached.
Thanks Gemma x


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