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Syncing Forward [Kindle Edition]

W. Lawrence
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1st Place Gold Award in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for Science Fiction/Fantasy!
 
Finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Contest!


Travel to the future - it will only cost you everyone you love.


A
ttacked and injected with a drug which slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who
hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place- not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.


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"...A thoroughly original premise, and a story which can easily translate to film or TV due to a storyline that takes us in so many directions, even beyond what we have here in the book. A blueprint for a new breed of time travel tales, and an extraordinary example as any of how to take a well-worn concept and present something unexpected." --Matt Misetich, Director of Book Pipeline

"This is the human side of time travel. Not the "feeling dizzy" stuff from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, but that of zooming forwards in time and missing time spent growing up with your family. The emotional stuff. The stuff which makes us human and not robotic drones." --Paul, Time2TimeTravel

"I can honestly say that this isn't your usual cookie cutter time travel book, but, if I can say so, it's much better.  Syncing Forward has fresh ideas and a very different outlook on what the future might hold for us." ­­--Jess, A Cup of Tea and a Big Book

"W. Lawrence's keen wit combined with the roller coaster of events will keep you turning its pages...  Each new character, regardless of their level of impact on the story, felt complete and authentic."  --Fox, Gores Truly

"Good scifi creates a believable future world and then sets the action in that world, but because of the time travel mechanic, Syncing Forward creates many believable, engaging future worlds." --Meg Stivison, Simpsons Paradox

"The book is well written; the scenes are evocative and detailed without being overwhelming. It brings up some essential questions about the direction we are heading in our reliance on technology and its rapid pace." --Victoria Randall, author of Children in Hiding

From the Author

This book took over two years to write and each detail was chosen carefully to depict a future that is not only possible but  --I dare say-- probable. Everything from domestic terrorist attacks in the U.S. to exoskeletons for paraplegics, from the fall of the United States to the mainstreaming of genetic engineering. And within this dystopian tale are commentaries on terrorism, suicide, and our insatiable quest for better technology.  I hope that you take away from the story everything I put into it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Publisher: W. Lawrence (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L2OV9XK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visionary, Gripping, Sobering Futuristic Story June 19, 2014
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Syncing Forward is one of the most creative and ambitious sci-fi dystopic novels I've read in a long time! Imagine getting shot up with a drug that slows your metabolism way down, so that what is only a few hours to you equates to years for everyone else. Every time Martin is synced back to normal time, which doctors can't seem to do right, he finds he's lost years. In less than a week, he sees his kids go from childhood to adulthood, and witnesses the collapse of the world in such a believable and riveting way that you cringe thinking this just might be our future. With a somber and thoughtful tone, this drama is full of suspense and heartache. Don't miss it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a fan of sci-fi and mysteries: Syncing Forward is a little of both as well as a existentially horrific descent into dystopia.

The sci-fi is grounded in reality and takes a pragmatic approach to the near future that makes it easy for the reader to follow. The first person perspective really helps as well since the reader learns along with the protagonist whenever something new is encountered.

The mystery is a classic Illuminati-style organization that provides the antagonists with the added tension of the PoV character's greatly diminished agency and his often unreliable or inscrutable allies.

You will wonder as you read it how things can possibly get worse for Martin and then they will, but he keeps at it even when in the end his life ends up one loss shy of the worst possible outcome.

Its a little bit 1984, a little Mad Max and a little Blade Runner. I liked it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, suspenseful and thought-provoking August 16, 2014
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This is a fascinating look into the future through the eyes of a man trapped out of time and forced to fast forward through his life.

It follows Martin James’s painful journey as scientists try treatment after treatment on him to reverse the effects of the drug given him by a terrorist organization, finally succeeding in allowing him to live one day in normal time every six months. Martin watches his family growing older, grandchildren and great-grandchildren appearing, friends and family passing away, and the world changing. A week passes in 3 minutes for him. It is fascinating as each time he is synced back to normal time, he finds himself in a new, more advanced environment, surrounded by wilder technological innovations. We see houses built of foam, enhanced police dogs who wear uniforms, and interstellar ribbons used to ferry goods from the Lunar and Mars colonies to earth.
In the end, out of the chaos of events, political alliances, and technological advances, a greater threat to the existence of humanity arises than almost anyone could have imagined.

.The book is well written, the scenes evocative and detailed without being overwhelming. It asks some essential questions about the direction we are heading in our reliance on technology. It makes the reader think about what is really essential in life. There are some exciting and terrifying events. but on the whole it is a thoughtful contemplation of what the future may bring. We suffer with the protagonist, and can experience with him the small glimpses of joy he manages to achieve. It may make us appreciate our own lives and families more.
I strongly recommend Syncing Forward
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Adventure, and Family Saga November 4, 2014
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In W. Laurence’s new novel Syncing Forward, the protagonist Martin James is investigating possible theft and espionage when he’s injected with a drug that slows his body down so much he finds himself unstuck in time. He’s able to realign with everyone else for short bursts of time. What seems like a day for James is months for everyone else, which naturally strains his personal and family relationships, as well as his search for a cure. I enjoy well written timetravel, when it’s more about how human relationships are affected than technobabbling about how the time machine works. In this case, time travel was more of a mechanic to tell a story, or really two stories, one about what happens to James’ family as a result of this, and another about James’ search for the antidote and the various organizations involved in keeping it away from him.

The future in Syncing Forward is simultaneously scary and realistic. I don’t want to reveal too much, because I really enjoyed the way world events at each of James’ synchronizations unfolded into the next. One plotpoint involves genetically modified food that’s slowly eliminating a certain group of people, and the narration is careful to point out that this is malicious and intentional, and not just the usual macro corporations accidentally offing people to save money. At other points in the novel, we encounter more sinister and extreme versions of today’s political factions.

The beginning is a little awkward and a little jarring, but keep reading through the exposition and the story becomes a page-turner. There are occasional troublesome transitions, but the novel is both a compelling family saga and a dystopian scifi adventure, so there’s bound to be a little awkwardness between the two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down. June 23, 2014
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Two nights in a row reading this book until almost three A.M. Fascinating, original and a fun read. Loved it. Would like to see more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book got real preachy about two thirds the way through and spoiled the story for me.
Published 2 hours ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I liked the parts that told how his time and the worlds time moved so differently. Book would be good for young boys to read while getting a tan at the beach.
Published 23 hours ago by Irma Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
The pace of the story is relentless. The premise is so logical. Lawrence has crafted totally believable masterpiece that not only has kept this reader up for two nights but has... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Peter Apers
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written novel
Well written book, towards the end the editing fell off and as a result there were quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors along with a number of repeats. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I loved reading this book! Very interesting reading! The manner of writing really drew me in and i couldn't stop or put it down. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Irene Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book...
I bought this book because I like novels about time. What I got was so much more.

They say there are no new plots. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Katherine E. Orourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down
I read. I read all the time. I love books more than I love cake.

Syncing Forward was nearly impossible to put down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Doro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 17 days ago by dorothy l peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Syncing Forward - this could be our world in the next 50 years!
A great sci-fi read that was full of surprises. The author makes connections from current societal and scientific trends that are extrapolated into the future and developed fully. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Orville H. Freitag
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read to make you think.
I really liked the story. It's a long enough book that I could not read it all in one go, and it stayed with me until I could come back to the story. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Gregory A. Parker
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More About the Author

W Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California, and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He wants a boy dog. He works in the world of corporate security as an investigator and professional interviewer/interrogator.

Lawrence is obsessed with 5K zombie runs, comes home empty-handed from hunting turkeys, and loves non-fiction books about pirates. He has no problem reconciling that his two favorite shows are Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.

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