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"...the true heart of this story is emotional. Even minor characters are deftly (if quickly) drawn - good guys show their dark side, while even bad guys reveal unexpected heroism..." -Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

I wrote Time Up after leaving San Diego for Washington, D.C. I love the city, and it seemed like the perfect place for a sci-fi story of this scope. It is, after all, the home of Comic-Con. I lot of people ask me, if I love San Diego so much, why I'm so mean to it in Time Up. Well, I guess if I can't live there, then no one can. Kidding, but seriously -- I really do love San Diego and hope that comes through in the story.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Boxfire Press; 1st edition (August 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098276751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982767511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Justin McLachlan was born in Connellsville, Pa. in 1981. He's an award-winning journalist who studied at Taylor University and West Virginia University. He lives in San Diego, where he writes both fiction and non-fiction. Justin's work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science, San Diego Citybeat and VoiceofSanDiego.org, among others. Time Up is his debut novel. Find him on Twitter, he's @justinmclachlan, or visit justinmclachlan.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cradar on October 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is kinda like a cross between Men in Black and The X Files. The author does an excellent job sucking you into the story in the first chapter. The only complaint I would have is the characters have no depth, no real history or development. They just show up and take their place in the story. Also, they all seem to spend a lot of time getting thrown to the ground. Overall, a decent book. A good quick read for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Furio on September 28, 2012
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This novel seems to have been written to be adapted for the big screen: it is fast, full of twists and action packed, a tank of ideas for wondrous special effects of the apocalyptic type.
I can see Ben Affleck as Van... admitting Affleck were willing to kiss a guy full on the mouth and sort of declaring his love for him just before the final scenes. Or admitting notoriously conservative and pavid Hollywood producers were willing to have an explicitly bi lead in a colossal. Of course they could cut the incriminated scenes or else alter the plot and redirect them towards the feisty, clever female character, Riley.

I am getting sidetracked here. There is precious little sex in this novel: little more than that kiss, actually, nothing prudes need to worry about.

This is pure, hard SF. It is set in our current timeline and reworks the usual theory of the alien ship the US government is keeping hidden for the greater good. Of course it is always for the greater good, isn't it always...
The plot is traditional but well constructed: the religious fanatics are realistic villains, I can very well see some of those bigots that actually exist in the US taking a gun and god's work in their righteous hands.
Unfortunately just as much realistic is the character of Cal who is supposed to be the boss of the good guys but has a lot of secrets of his own and a manipulative, ruthless streak that seems to come in the job description of public officials. Van confronts him, of course, but he does it blandly and this is the first of the several loopholes in the plot's logic.

There are others:
why was Van with the CIA and what does it have to do with the story? It is never explained.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ann Brannigan on November 18, 2011
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I really liked the story and the concept of this one- not completely original but not a topic that is overly done for it to seem cliche'. This story also reminded me of a British show (that I really like) which I won't name because it could be considered a spoiler.

What I wasn't thrilled with was the lack of character development. While enjoying the roller-coaster ride of the story I never connected with any of the characters enough to care about what happened to them. I think the author was attempting to make them all mysterious but it just ended up leaving them as very flat and one-dimensional characters.

So- as far as the story is concerned I give it 4 stars. As far as character development I give it 2 stars. And since it's a local San Diego author I give it an extra half star- to round up to a 3.5 stars.

Recommended if you are fine with not becoming attached to the characters but like a nice science fiction tale.

*Note- this book was received through GoodReads Firstreads*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W.Kipp on October 16, 2012
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This is a great book with terrific twists to carry the plot along. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cu on February 15, 2014
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This is a great story. It's compelling and very well written. It had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lovesbooks on October 27, 2013
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This book was really fast-paced from the get-go and cannot help but draw you in. Time Up is like a cross between the scenarios in Men In Black and Fringe. It's quite a page-turner and will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat. Towards the end of the book, it just seemed like everything was going too fast for me to digest, but otherwise, it was a great read and would've been 5 stars. This was unlike any other book that I've read and may be considered unique. Be on the lookout for the conclusion and the emergence of secrets that Cal and Julia, Cal's predecessor, have been hiding. This book's got a really explosive ending and was absolutely fascinating.
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By D. Clark on October 17, 2014
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Alot of people who write book reviews seem to have the idea that the book has to be perfect in order to give it 5 stars. I always think of the like those movie reviewers who pan every single movie they see. Cuz this book? It's not perfect. And there is no book that is perfect, since it could never be perfect for everyone. This book was just damn fun, and it doesn't have, or need, any pretensions to being anything else.

I don't really get sucked into books easily. Like, have to read what happens next RIGHT NOW kinda sucked in. This book did that for me. So much so that I started the 2nd book literally the moment after I finished this one. These books are not all that realistic. The good thing is that I know little enough (and just enough) about physics that I really don't care. It's science FICTION for chrissakes. I liked the main character -- he's kind of a construct, sure, with the brilliance and the CIA background, but he's also snarky and fun. It started off kinda iffy and I was wondering if it was gonna go all Torchwood-y on me (i.e. throwing the newbie into situations they couldn't possibly control and calling it an episode), but it didn't. Every time I thought it would turn into one genre, it took a swerve off in another direction that made it worth continuing to read on. I also have to say that I LOVE the fact that it didn't get all romantic, but I know that's just me.

I tend to review books based on how they made me FEEL. I admittedly suck at reviews that mention things like, say, plot or characterization. And the feeling I got from this book? Was that I LOVED it.
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