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Before Anne After (Time Travel Duo) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 21, 2015
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If you like intrigue, suspense, and alot of twists this is the book for you!! I started reading it and could not put it down after the first chapter. I am a big sci-fi fan and I read the 500+ pages in a little over four days!! YOU NEED THIS BOOK!! It will make you mad, sad, happy and hanging on the edge of your seat!! Mel C. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born 1949 in Butte, Montana, James Paddock spent his youth in the Big Sky Country, graduating Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls. The following forty-plus years include a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho, service with the U.S. Navy, owner/operator of a small business in South Carolina, a career as a Graphic Designer and a first marriage that produced 3 fine children, who then provided bragging rights for many very fine grandchildren. James is now living in Sahuarita, Arizona, with his second wife, Penny, enjoying the sun and working on his next novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A pregnant Annabelle accidentally sends herself back in time by 44 years but blacks out during the trip, waking up sure of herself but not sure of where she is or what is happening around her. She is so sure that everything is all wrong when suddenly she goes into labor, four weeks early!
Meanwhile, her husband is doing everything he can to find a way to retrieve her from the past with the help of a stranger who has simply shown up. The stranger refuses to tell Steven all that he knows and won't even really say why he refuses to tell him.
Add to this a German spy who susses the truth before Anne does and you have a powerful story of intrigue, with twists and turns, and a treasure chest full of clues.
I simply loved this book. Maybe the ending wasn't to my liking exactly but the writing is superb. It must have taken me maybe two pages to get so hooked I couldn't put it down. I loved how clues and twists are laid from the very beginning of the story though to the very end. The interrelationships are so well done as the story unfolds and then refolds onto itself, that I found myself doing the "Aha" thing over and over.
I enjoyed the characters, particular the police officer, who was so in love with Anne. Anne's character was great, except for a tiny flaw. While I could understand Steven blaming himself for leaving the lab door unlocked, I couldn't understand Anne's blaming him. It was a bit like a thief blaming his stealing on the fact someone left the bicycle in the open. But flaws do tend to round out the characters and makes them feel more real and it is good to see a main character who is not perfect.
There were times where I thought there were continuity errors in the story only to find that everything indeed flowed perfectly. There were so many clues, starting with the first desk on page one, that to quote a reviewer of Fall of Eden "Personally, as soon as I finished, I wanted to go back and start reading it again, just to see if there were some things I might have missed while reading it the first time ... fit ..." * Not only did I want to reread it right after I was done, I wanted to reread it while I was doing this review.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intrigue and science fiction. It is a long book but I so enjoy full fleshed books! If you do too, I suggest you give this one a try.
Although the story progressed forward in a moderate succession, I wished it had been better edited. Parts of the story dragged without much forward progression. The paradox of time travel is discussed in great detail not just once, but three times. I had the feeling the author didn’t trust the reader to get it the first time. There are several scenes that didn’t really add much to the story that I felt the author put in for the fun of putting the character into a situation they wouldn’t be in if they weren’t a time traveler.
There was also a long involved back story near the end that I skimmed through. At that point I knew all I needed of this character. I didn’t need an after-the-fact explanation of him.
That being said, I put off stuff and went to bed early so I could read more of the story. If my issues with the story had been resolved, I wouldn’t have a problem giving a five star rating instead of four. The teaser of the following novel will have me reading it soon.
In 1987 Anne, a liberated woman is accidently transported to 1943 WWII Charleston, S.C.To make it more interesting she is eight months pregnant.Will her knowledge of the future change the past? Will she ever return to her husband? Finally, how will a highly educated woman cope with the limitations of a 1943 society.Time travel, a love triangle, a German spy and a man of honor, truly an amazing read.