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The Far Time Incident (The Incident Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Neve Maslakovic
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Book Description

When a professor’s time-travel lab is the scene of a deadly accident, the academic world and the future of St. Sunniva University get thrown into upheaval. As assistant to the dean of science, Julia Olsen is assigned to help Campus Security Chief Nate Kirkland examine this rare mishap…then make it quietly go away!

But when the investigation points toward murder, Julia and Chief Kirkland find themselves caught in a deadly cover-up, one that strands them in ancient Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of the world’s most infamous volcano. With the help of their companions—a Shakespearean scholar and two grad students—Julia and the chief must outwit history itself and expose the school’s saboteur before it's too late.

The Far Time Incident is a smart, richly inventive novel that skillfully weaves together mystery, history, and science to create a mesmerizing and addictive read.

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About the Author

Neve Maslakovic is the author of the highly praised debut novel, Regarding Ducks and Universes, published in February 2011 by AmazonEncore. Before she became a fiction writer, Maslakovic was hard at work finishing her PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University's STAR Lab (Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory). Born in communist Yugoslavia, she has called London, New York, and California her home, and now lives near Minneapolis/St. Paul with her husband and son. The Far Time Incident is Neve Maslakovic's eagerly anticipated second novel and the first book in a new series of time-travel adventures.

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  • File Size: 2279 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099099
  • Publisher: 47North (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MAAA72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pompeii Whodunit February 28, 2013
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`The Far Time Incident' is the first in a series of time travel books written by Neve Maslakovic, who has an extensive background in electrical engineering.
The story focuses around Julia Olsen, an assistant dean at a college in Minnesota. Two of the college's deans have built a time travel machine, however one has disappeared and it is assumed that he has been scattered across time. It is soon discovered that some of the safeguards have been by passed and now the suspicion is murder, but the question is by whom?
Julia and the campus policeman, the victim's ex-wife, along with 2 graduate students, decide to use the machine to investigate what has happened, however they wind up not in their intended destination but in Pompeii just before its eruption. The murderer has evidently struck again. Will they ever get back home? Will they survive the destructive forces of Vesuvius?

This book does not really have the normal moments of time travel books. It combines history and a mystery. It is filled with the minutia of descriptions of Julia's life and her frequent offers of snacks to comfort people and time travel rules. A reader will also learn much about the academic world and its tenure, publicity, procedures and problems. At points the book seems to drag with details. We read how Julia puts on her gloves, takes them off to adjust her phone, how she hangs up her coat and the puffy, down boots she wears. There is also an unidentifiable disconnect with most of the characters, even though there is a lot of description there is a lack of warmth and depth.
This is still a book that might fascinate time travel fans and even those who enjoy a different type of whodunit.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time travel, murder and a little bit of romance May 12, 2013
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In blurb or summary format this book sounds fascinating: On a college campus a time traveling professor gets scattered across time. But is it an accident or murder? An investigation ensues, and during a test run of the time machine (STEWie) a motley group of individuals gets transported to Pompeii just days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The time travelers must try to find a way home and solve the mystery of who sent them to the "Ghost Zone" of certain death.

While the premise of the story is great, the actual telling of the tale is a little ho-hum. The beginning of the book is slow, and the pace doesn't pick up till the travelers are time-warped to Italy. Once in Pompeii, the author goes into a lot of detailed descriptions of everyday life in Pompeii and Rome. This volume of description is fascinating from a historical standpoint, but all the narrative slows down the story. For my taste the story had too much description and idle conversation and not enough drama and action. I never felt a real connection to the characters or any sense of urgency at their predicament.

So overall the book is a pleasant, casual read that has a very interesting plot. The story drags in a few places, but curiosity at how the travelers get home and uncovering the name of the "murderer" kept me reading till the end.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of ghost zones! April 17, 2013
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When Dr. Xavier Mooney disappears from the Time Travel Engineering (TTE) laboratory at St. Sunniva University, the only conclusion that the faculty and staff can reach is that he is dead, spread across time in a tragic malfunction of the STEWie (Space Time Warper) generator. With the future of the University's time travel research and its corresponding funding uncertain, Julia Olsen, the assistant to the Dean of Science, is order to closely monitor the investigation conducted by campus security Chief Nate Kirkland. When the evidence begins to suggest foul play, they find themselves trapped in the past, in a dangerous "ghost zone" where History is likely to erase any trace that they were ever there. Now they must find a way to return to their own time and uncover the identity of the person who tried to send them to their deaths.

On one level, this story operates as a pretty conventional mystery/investigation story, with clues and hints as to the identity of the guilty party, as well as lots of speculation about possible motives, and manages to keep the reader guessing until very near the end. But the real star of this story is the time travel element. As envisioned here, travel to the past is dangerous, since the past cannot be altered in any way, imposing severe constraints on the actions of a time traveler, who physically cannot do anything that would alter the path of History. Because of this, random travel through time is most likely to land the time traveler in a ghost zone, often the scene of some form of devastation, either natural or man-made, where all traces of the existence of the traveler is likely to be obliterated.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel mystery adventure April 9, 2013
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Tight, well-paced and amusing. It starts out with one of the best opening lines I've seen in a while: "The professor - he's been scattered across time!" and it continues in that vein. The university setting has nice touches of academia / super-science which made me think of the Venture Bros. cartoon for some reason.

At first the plot is definitely a mystery novel, as the Campus security chief Kirkland plays detective in trying to figure out who sent Professor Mooney back in time and stranded him there. Kirkland wants to go on a time jaunt himself, to see how it's done and get a better "feel" for the case. Our first-person narrator, the science Dean's secretary Julia Olsen, insists on accompanying him - as do two graduate students and a professor of literature & linguistics. Not surprisingly, the unknown saboteur manages to foul up their test run, sending them instead to ancient Pompeii to die in the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The second half of the book involves yet another whodunnit involving a petty crime in Pompeii, as well as continued speculation regarding the identity of the group's would-be murderer back in the present ... and the question of surviving & getting a message back to the present, with hopes of effecting a rescue.

I was surprised by the identity of the culprit. At first I thought the author had cheated - and perhaps she did, a little - but actually this person should have been a suspect all along. To say more than that would spoil it for you.

The only technical quibble I have is the author's occasional use of a past-past-tense to relay dialogue which _had transpired_ before relevant events happening in the "now" of the immediate-past-tense in the main narrative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fartime Incident
I liked the plot and the scientific setting. I think this is a good read for the younger teen-ager. It is rather simplistic for the adult reader.
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Great premise and the story summary is intriguing. A college professor traveling across time should be a fun read and it is but I found it a bit slow in places. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David_S.
5.0 out of 5 stars New author off to a great start
New author off to a great start..... Time travel with researched history. Good read for teens and/or adults. A "clean" book.
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Niemeck
4.0 out of 5 stars great read, a page turner
great charatures pursuing time and wrong doers in a university setting, great story with an interesting twist on time travel.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars More adventure than mystery, but I enjoyed it nonetheless
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Published 2 months ago by J. Binkerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel
I have never read a book on this subject.
I really enjoyed the subject and all the different places the group landed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gloria Geese
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read.
I just liked reading it. Impossible time travel, interesting cast of characters.
Science is kinda weak and I was bothered by one dumb plot gimmick but still enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Faridah Huller
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Learn about history first hand- just like being there!
Looking forward to the next book
Exciting possibilities, interesting characters good to see academia is exciting
Published 4 months ago by Sharon McGahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
Great story . Reminds me of the Connie Wiliis time travel series . I am looking forward to the next book .
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Leek
3.0 out of 5 stars No Ducks
I got the book because I love Regarding Ducks And Universes, this book lack the speculation about possible future and is mostly set in the history. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carsten Saager
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More About the Author

Neve Maslakovic is the author of the Incident series (time-travel whodunits), as well as a stand-alone novel, Regarding Ducks and Universes. Before turning her hand to writing fiction, Neve earned her PhD at Stanford University's STAR (Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience) Lab. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Neve currently lives with her husband and son near Minneapolis/St. Paul, where she admits to enjoying the winters. Booklist called her debut novel, Regarding Ducks and Universes, "Inventive... a delight." She is currently hard at work on Book 3 of the Incident series. Find out more at

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