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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765358581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765358585
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Alexander's 1979 novel, Time After Time, and the movie based on it offered an intriguing concept—Jack the Ripper steals a working model of H.G. Wells's time machine in the 1890s and uses it to travel to the late 20th century. In this pallid sequel, the Ripper has traveled from the year 2353 to 2010, and has in the process somehow transformed into a woman. Wells's beloved wife, Amy Catherine Robbins, who accompanied him from 1979 to 1893 at the end of the first book, has disappeared. Wells follows Amy's trail to 2010, ending up in Los Angeles at the same time as the Ripper, who resumes slaughtering and mutilating multiple victims. Subsequent events quickly vitiate the one shocking plot twist. Neither the Whitechapel murderer's gender change nor Wells's new role as a bohemian married man adds enough to make this a distinctive story in its own right. (Nov.)
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“Alexander’s novel is everything you’d expect in a sequel to Time After Time. The sweep of history through time travel is dazzling, the characters are beautifully rendered, and the story has twists and turns that only Karl Alexander can muster. He’s a deft and observant writer. This book is a delight to read.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Renegades and L.A. Outlaws

Praise for Time After Time:
 “The use of historical personalities is neatly interlocked.”— Kirkus Reviews 
"Alexander has produced a nifty, fresh and clever combination of romance, humor, suspense and a touch of science fiction. And it’s just his first novel.”—Santa Barbara News-Press

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm not normally one for complex time-traveling adventures but there was something intriguing about this book that made me decide to read it. As a buff of Jack the Ripper lore it had that appeal not to mention being a play on The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. This story is a sequel to Time After Time, both the book and the 1979 film. In that story, Jack the Ripper used Wells' time machine to escape to 1979 with Well in eventual pursuit. Well uses the machine to transport the killer far into the future. Wells returns to 1893 with Amy Robbins to live happily ever after...or so they thought...

In the sequel, Amy returns to the present to let her parents know that she is safe and living in the past but her trip accidentally frees Jack the Ripper from the future. Using the technology of the future, Jack transforms himself into a female, hence the name "Jaclyn" and travels back to 2010 to begin a new killing spree in Los Angeles, and vows revenge on Wells and Amy. Now in modern day, Wells must somehow track Jack down in a complicated new world of computers and cell phones.

Thirty years is a LONG time between stories and I'm not sure that Alexander is going to recapture the audience he had with that story that relied a great deal on the romantic relationship between Wells and Amy. The sequel is more of a thriller and largely succeeds although Jaclyn is somewhat less sinister than Jack.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After dispatching Jack the Ripper from 1979 to a far future, H.G. Wells and Amy Catherine Robbins travel to his time 1893 (see Time After Time) where they marry. However, so her beloved parents would not worry she returned to tell them what became of their prodigal daughter. In 1906 Wells is worried about his wife who failed to come home, Wells traces her to 2010 Los Angeles.

Meanwhile Jack managed to anchor in 2353 before returning back to 2010 Los Angeles as a woman. While Wells searches for his Amy, he notices an alarming pattern that reminds him of Victorian Whitechapel and San Francisco circa 1979; Jack is back and he obsessively believes he must stop the killer for all eternity.

With two fascinating twists since the events of Time After Time, Jaclyn the Ripper is an exciting fast-paced thriller that never quite gels as the key two antagonists never quite come across as the naïve good vs. the sinister evil of the first book. Still fans of Time After Time, book or movie, will enjoy the return engagement as Jaclyn the Ripper still enjoys the kill.

Harriet Klausner
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By Frank on September 16, 2014
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Delivered as promised. Is an excellent read.
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More About the Author

Karl Alexander, a fifth-generation Angeleno, is the author of six novels, including "Papa and Fidel," a novel of Hemingway, Castro and Cuba. His bestselling novel "Time After Time" was made into a hit film starring Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, for which he was dubbed a Knight of Mark Twain for his contribution to American Literature.

His second novel, "Missing Pieces," was made into a CBS World Premiere movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery. He also produced and co-wrote the horror film, "Rattlers."

He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and served as a Marine Corps officer in the Vietnam War. He has been a college professor, and has also worked as a lighting director in Hollywood, creating the "look" for Robert tack in "Unsolved Mysteries."

His fifth novel, "Jaclyn the Ripper," the long awaited sequel to "Time After Time," was published in hardcover in 2009 and paperback in 2011. "Time After Time" and "Papa & Fidel" came out in trade editions in 2010. All are available as ebooks.

"Time-Crossed Lovers," (October, 2012) has received rave reviews. If you like thriller love stories, this book is for you. It has been honored as an Award Winning Finalist for the 2013 International Book Awards.