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Falling Through Time [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Comroe Frank
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Book Description


When you read Falling Through Time, the new Eco-thriller from novelist Patrica Comroe Frank, you'll soon find out. Narrated in the first-person voice of Summer Holbrook, a hard-driving, advertising executive, the book invites readers on the adventures and mis-adventures of when worlds collide: the day a marketer of mass consumerism meets deep ecology.

After an accident in Alaska, Summer wakes to a new world, and for her, it's a rocky awakening. Where in the world is she? Who are these people? How can she be here—where are her penthouse and BMW? Surely she doesn't belong here. The future these urban refugees have carved out of the remote wilderness in California's Siskiyou mountains is the polar opposite of the high consumption world she's been torn from.

Her previous life was rich with the best of creature comforts and luxury--no wonder she despises this new world of tiny population, absent technology, and a return to the basics of simple living. But most puzzling of all is who are these mysterious villagers—these holistic healers, living so harmoniously with nature?

Summer finds herself a fish out of water--their post-consumerism way of life soon brings on a culture clash filled with angry—and sometimes humorous—misunderstandings. She wants to go home--right now. What about the city she's left behind—her beloved San Francisco? Of course it cannot be gone; Summer cannot accept that reality.

When Sophia, the village elder, traces the ecological “house of cards” that's led to environmental and social collapse, Summer is forced to confront her previous life of brands and in creating markets for endless consumer goods. But being stuck in this village, in this future, is not a reality she's at all ready to accept.

The involved reader soon cheers for Summer as she undergoes her reluctant rejuvenation with help from Sophia and a cast of colorful village characters, including Carna of the Kitchen, Dog Man, Keeper of the Kennels, and Forrest, steward of the woods and all its creatures.

The warm bond Summer forms with a feral dog teaches her the most important lesson of all--the genuine need we have for warm friendships, community, and being cherished. Her tender relationship with the dog begins to help this emotionally frozen woman begin to thaw.

The book can be simply enjoyed as a fast-paced adventure-thriller, but the astute reader soon discovers the book delves deeper. Kirkus Review called Falling Through Time Back to the Future meets An Inconvenient Truth—but it's equally spiced with the emotional zing of Eat, Pray, Love.

A hopeful futuristic romp, Falling Through Time maps out one possible scenario for man—and woman-kind: a kinder, more gentle peek into our future. Summer takes us by the hand and bravely leads the way.

Product Details

  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Vibrant Village Media; 1 edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R5EGBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Through Time October 17, 2011
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I want to live in Happy Camp with all it's colorful characters! I enjoyed every moment of reading and wanted it to go on forever. Why do good books have to end? From a futuristic point of view it really puts the way we are currently living into perspective and it's not good. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put this book down January 16, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Falling Through Time". Patricia Frank did a brilliant job of melding the ills of our world with her heroine's personal transformation. Rather than "telling" what was happening, the author "showed" us through her interaction with other people, animals, and nature. I wish everyone would read this book; for many it would be an eye-opener, for others a reminder of what's important in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story October 21, 2011
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Kept me up too late needing to discover what happened next. Good characters and fascinating plot. I hope there is a sequel. Definitely a must read !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! November 17, 2011
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At first, I didn't like the main character, Summer. She was selfish, materialistic, and would do anything to get ahead. Just the kind of person you loved to hate. After a hiking accident and awakening from a very long sleep (rebirth?) 72 years later, she was still pretty much the same. It took her quite some time to get used to the idea that her previous life was gone, forever, and she had to adjust to the time and place she now resided. However, she had to learn how to trust. She had to learn that people had changed over the years.... for the better. Life was now precious, beautiful, and most of all lived to the fullest. Slowly, Summer became trusting and earned the trust of those she met at Happy Camp. In a very real sense, she underwent a complete metamorphasis from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. She embraced her new life and couldn't believe she was someone so foreign to these new people who surrounded her and gave her love.

I do hope there's a sequel to this well-written book. I would really love to find out what Summer finds when she revisits her old home 72 years later. I'm sure she'll be in for a great shock when she finds out what happened to her beloved San Francisco. This could be the beginning of another grand adventure, but not one (I think) with a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics? November 1, 2011
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Here is a fascinating story that makes cryogenics look good. A stressed-out successful forty-one-year-old divorcée takes a vacation in Alaska and falls to her death in a crevasse, where she is found 72 years later perfectly preserved in deep-freeze condition. She is brought back to life in a mysterious commune of care-givers, who not only hope to mend her in body but in soul as well. Mens sana in corpore sano. The victim, known as Summer the Plunderer in her previous existence as Vice President of an advertising agency in San Francisco, turns out to be a difficult case and a recalcitrant cooperator. The body eventually heals but the mindset of this independent businesswoman who slew a number of dragons on her way to the top rejects the kind and capable ministrations of this isolated group of nature-loving healers who settled in a village in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and dismisses them as a bunch of utopian hippies. How this hardened and feisty city girl slowly begins to open her eyes and mind to a better way of living and loving is the crux of this unlikely but ultimately believable tale. Well-drawn characters and situations lead the reader not only to accept but to wish for this "other way." Let the message be heard.
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I often wonder where this world of ours is headed. What will happen to us, we auto and oil-dependent mammals, if the world's oil supply drys up, the oceans rise, the crops fail and water becomes more expensive than gold?

Since this topic is so often on my mind, I decided to explore it further in my novel, Falling Through Time.

I took a hard-core global warming critic--a super consumer and an advertising brand builder for top corporations--and plunked her smack into a much altered post-carbon future world to see what would happen.

The resulting culture clash between the simple surviving villagers and my book's protagonist, Summer Holbrook--known to her advertising colleagues and competitors as "Summer the Plunderer"--proves a lively field for both painful angst and delicious humor.

Longing for her absent Pinot Grigio, her BMW roadster, Whoppers, sushi and penthouse, poor Summer's language is salty and her heart unrepentant. Follow her as she struggles to accept this much altered brave new world of mysterious healers.

Could I create a book that's lively, engaging, hopeful, and yet contains scientific truth on climate change and peak oil? You'll be the judge. Did I succeed in weaving these elements together into a gripping tale that entertains and holds your interest...reader reviewers are saying I did!

The Energy Bulletin of the Post Carbon Institute thinks I succeeded--the reviewer, Frank Kaminski, compares Falling Through Time with the movie Groundhog Day, and my narrator with Bill Murray's unpleasant movie character.

But what do you think? I look forward to hearing from you.


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