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Timecaster Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Timecaster (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019182
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If seeing through time were possible, I would hope that my future self would have found a way to warn me not to read this book. First, there's the weak story, bad jokes, not terribly creative future, and a lot of plot elements that have already been done (and done much better at that). Then, there's a lot of things thrown in, presumably just for the amusement of the author - bad jokes, gratuitous sex, lame predictions (Mary Kate Olsen as president - PLEASE).

On top of all that, if you continue to read and slog through the story, just because you've invested so much time that you'd like to see how it ends... don't get your hopes up. It's a classic Back to the Future II, or maybe Soprano's ending. You really don't know what happens, and (I'm guessing) will need to buy the sequel to find out.

TimeCaster is a HUGE TimeWaster. They were only one letter off!
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Joe Kimball, aka J.A Konrath knows how to write a compelling thriller. With his new pseudonym, and new genre (sci-fi) this is no different. The story sucks you in right away, and keeps your attention until the very end.

Fans of Konrath's other books will be happy to see that the main character, Talon Avalon, is Jack Daniels' grandson, and that her quirky, laugh out loud, slob of a friend, Harry McGlade the 3rd. tags along throughout the book.

This story has the makings of a great new series for Konrath. It's full of action,suspense, and tons of laughs. It's also fun to see how Konrath envisions 2064, where paper books are illegal, and prostitution is legalized.

If your looking for a great summer read that will have you burning through the pages, this should fit the bill quite nicely.

Happy reading!
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With the glut of urban fantasy in the market, it is hugely refreshing to read genuine hard science-fiction. Timecaster is an action-packed adventure with mayhem, martial arts, sex, and a projected future unlike any other. Kimball has imagined an intervening history between our now and the story's now that includes a second civil war of succession, an economic revolution over biodiesel, and a counter-culture of dissidents who live off the grid. The details are totally, completely kewl.
In 2064, crime has virtually ceased to be perpetuated, because the invention and implementation of the TEV (tachyon emission visualizer) has put an end to uncertainty: it shows exactly who did what at a crime scene. Not many would-be perps like those odds.
Only a few people have the ability to attune a TEV to the relevant frequency. One of the few is Talon, a Chicago area Time-caster. Talon has a pretty good life, except that his neighbors annoy him, his wife is a licensed sex-therapist and he wishes she'd retire, his former best buddy now hates his guts, and most people have enough sense of self-preservation that he hasn't had an actual case to solve in 2 years.
Then one of his wife's clients reports a murder, and Talon's life spins out of control, because the TEV shows Talon committing the crime, and the DNA on the scene matches his down to the last sequencing.
Now Talon has to elude some very determined pursuit, figure out how an inter-dimensional rift is being exploited by an alternate self, and rescue his abducted wife.
Timecaster is a somewhat like the Jet Li film The One, only edgier and with a wildly different perspective of the future. You may now want to live in this world, but hey, it's a great place to visit.
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I really hate to rate this so poorly, but I just can't help it. The concept is good, but the focus on all the sex draws your focus away from the story. It really contributes nothing to the entire plot and I suspect was added because the publisher wanted a number of pages.
The tech would have been very cool it had been actually used to tell the story. Instead it felt like new tech was introduced just for the sake if it.
The ending was a huge let down. After slogging through the book, you didn't even get any resolution as a reader. The main bad guys motives are just dumb and there was no closure.
If I didn't get this on my kindle for free, I would have demanded my money back.
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I want to rate this book with 5 stars and rave about it so why am I unable to? I think it's the fact that half way through, I felt like I was reading erotica with such detailed and explicit sex scenes. The entire premise of the book is enjoyable to me and a fun read. The hinting towards the future's attitude toward sex is one thing, but what I read last night had me blushing (and that's not easy to do).

If there was a warning about STRONG and EXPLICIT sexual content, that would be one thing. But it caught me off guard.

I'm very glad I don't have teenagers that I would let read this book BEFORE I read the entire thing first....

Scares me what we're coming to that this type of content is out there to this degree and we're not at least warned of it.
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As Joe Kimball, this is Konrath's first foray into Sci-Fi, and he turns out a very entertaining book. All the elements of classic Konrath are there - suspense, lots of humor and sarcasm, action, twists, depth of characters, intense violence, etc. But as Kimball he takes everything up a notch, including a jaw dropping sex scene. Add the futuristic setting with all of it's gadgets & lingo and you've got the perfect Sci-Fi book. Plus with Harry McGlade III giving his so-called help to Talon you just can't go wrong.

Looking forward to reading the sequel this summer 2012, Timecaster Supersymmetry.
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