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Some may say that the story started with a failed science experiment, or perhaps an experiment that was TOO successful, or even a dry spot on a forehead. In reality, however, the story really does start with that first blink. Looking into the mirror, Nik sees himself blink...and from there, the authors transport us into a wild adventure that crosses dimensions; full of espionage, terrorism, and a whole lot of moments that made me just hold my breath, wondering how Agent Smith was going to get out of this
BLINK is written by two brothers, Will and Paul Swardstrom, and the neat thing about it is that you can't tell it was written by two different people. Their thoughts mesh really well together, giving us well-developed characters full of life, love...hatred too. There are enough twists in the tale to keep even a jaded reader amused, plus an amazing amount of world development, especially when you realize that they really had to create two Earths and provide political and sociological context for what was happening in Earth 2.
I giggled at many of the puns, especially the wording of the agents' names. For example: Agents Smith & Wesson. Johnson & Johnson. Wall & Street. Can you tell they had just a little too much fun with this? And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their humor and wordplay.
This is a book that I didn't want to put down, even when life got in the way. As it is, it's currently 2:27 a.m. while I'm writing this, and while I should be sleeping, instead I'm pouring out my thoughts to share how much I enjoyed this book. The good news is that the authors are planning to write more in this universe, so I know that the adventure isn't over, just paused.
Now, before I go to sleep, I have to finish covering the mirrors in my house. I wouldn't want to see myself blink, after all...
The Swardstrom brothers have co-crafted a sci-fi work of art. Together, they have written a novel that seamlessly transitions between protagonists (and worlds), never losing its brilliant voice, its sense of humor, its sense of the supernatural, its sense of adventure. This is an action packed tour de force that introduces a great cast of characters that I hope return again soon for a new adventure.
After reading this, you’ll never see yourself the in same light again. But if you dare look in the mirror, hoping to catch a glimpse of the real you—keep your eyes open and don’t blink. You may miss it.
It was somewhat like reading, rather than watching, a Saturday morning serial. Within a few months the availability of the stories slowed down but became longer. Then Paul and Will told us that they were going to revise and publish this as a book. At the end of 2015 a teaser short story about the Utility Company - "Agent Smith and the Naughty Elf" was published. Plus we were told that "Blink" was coming soon. Their loyal followers were elated.
So, what does all of the above have to do with a review of the book - probably not much other than to say that some of us got to watch this "grow up" and we are proud of what it has become. This is a fast paced and involved story about two parallel worlds where the same people - with some minor and /or major differences - exist in both worlds. The portals between these worlds is via a ..... (I'll let you find that out yourself). Lots of black cars get involved with good guys and bad guys and ample plot twists.
So, my recommendation is - buy a copy, download it and get a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and curl up in front of a warm fire and enjoy this good book.
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Blink is frenetically paced and never lets up, and the main characters are well crafted with snappy dialogue to match the pace of the narrative. The authors have a lot of fun with the agents names, with lots of geeky references, and the story develops quickly enough to keep the reader's interest, with a great finale.
While some of the concepts will have been seen before in the shows mentioned above, the Swardstroms add enough of their own concepts and personality to give it their own mark, and it sets the tone for other novels to come. Hugely enjoyable.