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The pace of the story is quick, and the time transitions are handled well. Overall, this is a good novel, one that even readers with little interest in sci-fi might enjoy.--from Publishers Weekly. This review is of a manuscript version of this book.

My overall opinion is that this is a brilliant concept for a book and the author is an excellent writer who will deliver to the reader a fantastic story.--Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer

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  • File Size: 1823 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071DMIDQ
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Richard Levesque has spent most of his life in Southern California. For the last several years he has taught composition and literature, including science fiction, as part of the English Department at Fullerton College. His first book, Take Back Tomorrow, was published in 2012, and he has followed it with other science fiction and urban fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. When not writing or grading papers, he works on his collection of old science fiction pulps and spends time with his wife and daughter.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Pellitteri on February 5, 2012
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I really enjoyed this first book from Mr. Levesque. It has a distinctly "noir" flavor as well as an old school science fiction feel. It is fast paced and clever. Many "time travel" themes are hackneyed and cliche - but Mr. Levesque handles the concept with a sophistication not seen in many of this type of story. Definitely worth the read - especially at the download price! I am looking forward to Mr. Levesque's next book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pain on January 1, 2013
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I have to admit, the last couple books I've read - fiction books I mean, and from new-to-me authors - I haven't finished. They didn't grab my attention, or were poorly edited (note to self, make sure books are well edited), or something happened which took me out of the story. Unlikable characters, unreasonable plot twists, or Deus ex Machina on a level so extreme it made my teeth hurt.

Take Back Tomorrow is a time travel story based around an Science Fiction author struggling to make it in 1940 Hollywood. Struggling to find plots he turns to the classics, borrowing somewhat heavily from Shakespeare. This gets him his first sale, and the attention of the pre eminent Science Fiction writer of his time.

Not wanting to give anything away, the characters are believable without being so complex as to see silly or overshadowing the plot. The plot is interesting and makes sense, if you accept the premise of Time Travel as its presented. The time travel itself is limited, more because of the actions of the characters rather than the science, and consistent in the story. Its more something that happens around the story, driving parts of it while the character's actions actually propel the plots.

I've read some bad time travel. Its hard to do well, but the author manages to deal with the ways the characters affect the past and future, and their own time, without succumbing to long winded explanation. If fact he doesn't explain much at all, beyond some vague musing of the characters who never understand how it all works.

While it is possible recent, low quality, stories have affected my view point I am still willing to say Take Back Tomorrow is a fun, interesting story which is well crafted and internally consistent. If I find something else from Mr Levesque I will not hesitate much before picking it up.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Dent on June 2, 2012
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Raymond CHandler meets Robert Heinlein in this fun and inventive crossover SF novel from Richard Levesque. Along the way you'll learn about early SF magazines, enjoy a new and vividly described time-travel technique, and laugh along as Levesque plays with staples of both Noir and Early-SF genres. Frequently, you'll find yourself immersed in the flow of the story, unself-consciously racing through the pages. Great ending!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Kraus on December 28, 2013
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A quote from the book: "If you had a dream, what would you do for the dream? Would you kill for it? Would you defy the laws of the universe?"

Eddie Royce has a dream. He wants to become a famous science fiction writer. It is 1940, at the beginning of the first Golden Age of Science fiction. Eddie has tried for a long time to write something good enough to be published. But he can't come up with any good ideas.

So he borrows some.

Eddie takes some of Shakespeare's plays and turns them into science fiction stories. And he begins to sell his stories to a pulp science fiction magazine.

Also writing for the magazine is Eddie's idol, Chester Blackwood. Eddie's writing has caught Blackwood's notice. Blackwood arranges to meet him. That's when Eddie learns that Blackwood has been borrowing plots as well. But, instead of getting his stories from long dead authors, Blackwood has found a way to travel into the future and steal stories that haven't been written yet.

Blackwood is now an incredibly successful author. And the future has been altered.

Writing in a style reminiscent of the black and white noir movies of the 30's and 40's, Levesque transports us into a time that never was. We have a private eye, some hired muscle, beautiful dames, a corrupt publisher, illicit drugs, hack writers, and time travel.

Can Eddie and his girlfriend stay one step ahead of the thugs, while they travel through time to find a future where they are both alive?

This novel was a fun read. While I read, I had visions of those old noir moves in my mind. I thought Levesque's idea of time travel was very creative.

The novel has many nods to those Golden Age authors such as Asimov and Heinlein. If you're a fan of those great science fiction authors of the Golden Age, you will enjoy this novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chaunce Stanton on August 4, 2013
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The author weaves a noir sensibility with the intriguing concept of a science fiction writer (or hack writer) who travels into the future from 1940 to steal popular stories. Sci fi fans will relish this story, which offers a light primer on the progression of American science and evocative references to the science fiction magazines of the 1920s and 1930s.

For the hard-boiled detective lovers, Levesque's plot is a race against time involving henchmen, a wealthy and ruthless publisher, a missing father, a strange and powerful drug from a mysterious Oriental. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to imagine the leading male character, Eddie Royce, being played in a movie version by Humphrey Bogart.

Mr. Levesque did well with his development of the leading female character Roxanne who is an aspiring writer but who makes ends meet by posing for the lurid, action-packed covers that sold the magazines of the day, with their weird tales of space colonization and alien invasions.

The writing is polished. When Eddie makes a leap into the future, circa 1985, Levesque had to "reverse engineer" the scene, trying to describe our past in a way that seemed like both Eddie's future and present simultaneously. A neat little trick, that.

Take Back Tomorrow offers an intriguing premise, and there's something very enjoyable here for lovers of both noir and science fiction, and for lovers of inventive story lines in general. I smell movie rights.

Chaunce Stanton
Author of Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives
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