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Syncing Forward [Kindle Edition]

W. Lawrence
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Would you ever travel forward in time if you knew it was a one-way trip?

Mr. Martin James has no such desire, but after being injected with a mysterious drug against his will, Martin hurtles through the years. This cruel twist of fate forces him to watch his children grow up and his wife grow old in a matter of days. Only an elusive group of scientists have the ability to stop his nightmarish journey; the very people who injected him in the first place. And while Martin James hopes 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 future history 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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 "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 creation of orbital elevators.

Syncing Forward has more than its fair share of action and surprises -- it will keep you guessing right to the end.  And within this dystopian tale are commentaries on terrorism, suicide, and our insatiable quest for better technology.

Most importantly, Syncing Forward is a thoughtful journey to our future told through the tortured eyes of a father and husband.  It is a story about choices, about consequences, about the love of family, and about what is truly important in our lives. I hope that you take away from the story everything I put into it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1561 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990486109
  • 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: #307,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life" November 25, 2014
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So said Ludwig Wittgenstein. The premise of this book might, in a sense, be a perversion of that quote: How small a thought it takes to ruin a whole life. In this case, the fatal words are "Tell me about the rat."

Those words propel the protagonist of Syncing Forward (the double meaning there is not ignored) into one of the most harrowing time travel experiences I've ever read. Most time travel stories seem to follow one of two arcs (or, occasionally, both): being hurtled into the past to avert some horrible crisis, or being hurtled into the future as a "living fossil" of sorts. This book is neither, and is, in a very real sense, fundamentally worse. (When I read SF novels, I often ask myself if I'd want to experience what the protagonist experiences; the instant I do that here, I shudder.)

This isn't a light-hearted read; I can't imagine readers coming away unmoved at Martin James' plight. It's a bit uneven--in particular, I don't think the book quite "earned" its ending, but the ending doesn't come completely out of left field, either. If you want a thought-provoking take on time travel in a world run amok, you should read this book.
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1 of 1 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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Written from a unique perspective, he draws you in to the point that you can't put it down.
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The book starts rather slow and without any suspense. It takes some time to get in to it and then I really enjoyed it. Read more
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Outstanding concept, flawlessly executed. I could not stop reading until I was finished!
Published 17 days ago by Gayle W.
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Heartbreaking, warm, futuristic, believable, sad. Martin goes through life like no other and none of us would want to be in his shoes. Would I recommend your reading this book? Read more
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Great story and unique premise. Very well written, and also believable, which scares the !+'( out of me. I look forward to other works by this author.
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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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