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Knot in Time (Tales of Uncertainty Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Tucker
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 302 pages
  • Series: Tales of Uncertainty (Book 1)
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Book Description

My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If my last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great uncle Werner Heisenberg. He was a physicist who came up with something called the Uncertainty Principle. But listen, Uncle Werner had no idea how uncertain things really are.

I work for a group, called the Keepers, that label themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me, time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school dropout, to join them. I recently worked as a janitor for a couple months. Perfect fit, right?

Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?

Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.

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  • File Size: 2480 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MAD Design, Inc. (November 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6X9U84
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-Adventure for the YA Set February 8, 2013
First, a caveat. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed the book.

Knot In Time is Alan Tucker's latest offering, and it's an action-adventure story about a young buck who gets himself mixed up with some guardians of time and what happens to him as a result.

Darius Arthur Heisenberg is a young man with no future, when he is recruited by the Time Keepers to help keep the threads of time from getting tangled up due to people's interference with the space-time continuum. He is trained to be a field agent, and his first assignment will be a doozy. In the future, there is a colony on Mars that is attacked by aliens. The Martians send an agent back to Earth to try to buy themselves some time to deal with the alien threat, and Darius ("Dare", as he likes to be called) is sent to stop this female agent from messing up Earth's past. The female agent turns out to be a whole lot of trouble, and Dare bounces around on Earth for a while, getting into increasingly hot water with this female agent, and then is taken to Mars when the female agent returns home. Things just get worse from there. There are many entanglements for Dare, with another female agent showing up, and various players on Mars getting involved, and then there are the aliens themselves, who are strangely familiar to Dare. The plot rolls along smartly until it all ties up neatly in the end.

This book starts out slowly and moves faster and faster as it goes along, as the plot twists and turns in all directions. You won't see a lot of the moves before they arrive, as new characters are introduced and old situations change quickly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Time travel; one of literature's most confusing and certainly one of its most entertaining genres. It is almost always associated with aliens, space travel, and futuristic themes. Knot in Time is definitely no exception. Beginning in the present year of 2012, the characters in this book travel through vast periods of time. In the book, a young man named Darius Heisenberg is inducted into a group called the Keepers. A Keeper's job is to preserve different "threads" of time. Think Green Lantern Corps but instead of fighting against the color yellow, they just make sure time goes how it's supposed to go. They recruit from different alien species who their mysterious leaders deem to be most suitable for this task. The story starts with the recruiting of the first-ever human Keeper: Darius Heisenberg.

Time travel in and of itself is a confusing and complex notion that, more often than not, leaves readers with more questions than answers. I think that any author with the guts to take on such a difficult plot will have a very hard time, especially when you take it a step further, introducing an infinite number of "threads" of time, as well as an organization that has the ability to be outside of time itself. Bringing all of this into a single book would be a very difficult thing to do, while still having your readers able to understand what's going on. And thus, my great respect for Mr. Alan Tucker, for he has done just that in Knot in Time. Mr. Tucker knows exactly how to write a book that people just want to keep reading. This book is packed with non-stop action and suspense, and will you finish it, you'll wonder to yourself where all those pages went, wishing that you could have them back.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful time travel adventure September 7, 2013
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While this book is probably intended for a young adult audience, I found it to be engrossing and well-written. Character development could have easily been more complete, but having said that, it is a very well-designed story with a good mix of action, suspense and drama. The time travel was not confusing and the sci-fi gadgetry did not get in the way of the story at all. Most important, the characters are likeable which makes their exploits so interesting. This was well worth the time to read and was very enjoyable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A twist on time travel stories February 7, 2013
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I've always been fascinated with the concept of time travel, and when I discovered the main character was named Dare (short for Darius) with an attitude to match, I knew I had to read this book! Dare reminds me so much of many of my former students, so I connected with him right away. His journey to become a Keeper, or a guardian of time, is a fun roller coaster ride to experience along with him. The plot is just complicated enough to provide mystery and several "Aha" moments without getting too convoluted to follow. There are several vivid scenes that make you think, "Movie Moment" and some fascinating secondary characters. If you like time travel, I recommend this clever story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and action packed August 8, 2013
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I like time travel books and this one has all of the elements necessary in a good one. There are paradoxes, redoes, cool gadgets, and a quirky hero. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There was just something about even the book's initial description that was irreverently humorous. So much so I decided to take a chance and start reading it....figuring I could always stop if it turned out to be too juvenile for my 61 year old sensibilities.

I read it from first page to last and enjoyed the ride. Dare is an engaging wise___s with noble scruples. Though irreverent he still exhibited compassion and backbone while trying to make sense of someone else's rules. I found him worth caring about as followed the nicely complex plot line.

I look forward to reading more about Dare's time with the Keepers .....even if the series wasn't originally written for old farts like me. Sometimes there just isn't a corner market on good writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a big fan
Some sci-fi I have enjoyed. And, some I have not. This is one in the middle. Hard to give a review on something that is not a favored genre. Don't take it too seriously.
Published 2 months ago by Cathy Hutchens
5.0 out of 5 stars I nice fast paced
I nice fast paced, fun read with lovable characters, those you love to love and those you love to hate. A goo clean young adult read.
Published 2 months ago by authorpholloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, typically hokey science
I read this through in one sitting. String theory and the multiverse give rise to these narcissistic theories that every choice we make creates a universe filled with mass and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Awol
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting story.
Published 4 months ago by Terry L. Seney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived as described and in good condition, and ready for use. Will make a great gift.
Published 4 months ago by John Eagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov + Card + Snark = Brilliant Read
I was immediately drawn in by the character, the timing, and the writing. The first chapter was absolutely kick butt! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story line!
Published 6 months ago by James Z
4.0 out of 5 stars The big hamster has got some serious moves.
Dare (short for Darius) is a 19 year old high school drop out working as a janitor when he is first approached by the Keepers, who are there to keep time running smoothly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent fun engaging
These are just a few of the emotions that emit from this fast paced time travel journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!
Published 7 months ago by randy.henniger
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Great fast-paced time travel book!
Published 7 months ago by DEBBIE D. GARNER
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More About the Author

Alan Tucker, author of The Mother-Earth Series (A Measure of Disorder, A Cure for Chaos, and Mother's Heart), as well as a science fiction series, Tales of Uncertainty (Knot in Time, Abandon Hope and newly released Going Solo), is a dad, a graphic designer, and a soccer coach. Mostly in that order. He's had a lifelong adoration of books, beginning with Encyclopedia Brown, progressing through Alan Dean Foster's Flinx, and continuing on with the likes of Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and Naomi Novik, to name a few.

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