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Crossing In Time (Between Two Evils) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 30, 2015
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"Engaging, funny, romantic, and harrowing."
Midwest Book Review (Featured Pick)
R. J. Kauffman, Panda Books Press
Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
"Clever and absolutely hilarious!"
M. Barreto, Goodreads Top 50 Reviewer
"Rich, Detailed, Fast-Paced, and Intelligent."
"This book holds WAY more than it appears. I was satisfied, exhausted, inspired, and blown away."
J. Staughton, Editor, Sheriff Nottingham eLit Magazine
"Edgy, literary, pithy [and] refreshingly naughty."
E.M. Davis, Pressque Sr Editor
From the Author
Crossing In Time, the first book in the Between Two Evils series, is an action-packed work of cross-genre fiction (because if I said it's non-fiction you wouldn't believe me. See how difficult this is going to be?)
Think The Outlander meets Men Are From Mars in the Andromeda Strain (with a healthy dose of Dirty Dancing).
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1. An unbelievable plot–but then it’s science fiction. It's not badly done (first half especially). The plot moves along.
2. Who wouldn’t love a book with six dogs and a kitty?
1. This story tries to be both a steamy romance and a sci-fi thriller--and goes off the rails. Too much erotic foreplay and silly romantic spats while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Non-stop sex talk for several chapters, lasting days (in the book). In spite of this endless tease--and the fact that Isabelle keeps telling Diego she's from another universe--the poor guy is smitten. Wouldn't a normal man think she's a bit looney-tunes?
2. Isabelle must be the most idealized and idolized woman in all of sci fi–if not all of fiction. We’re told--over and over and OVER--that she’s gorgeous, brilliant, brave, charming, well-educated, a great dancer, witty, athletic–yada, yada, yada. She’s irresistible to every man she meets–even the gay guy.
3. Too many stale, tired jokes that were ancient when I was a kid (during the age of dinosaurs).
“Have you heard the one about the Zen master who bought a hot dog from a street vendor? He gave the guy twenty dollars and said, ‘Make me one with everything.’”
4. What about that nuclear war? Apparently California was devastated, but I’m not sure exactly how it happened. No one much seems to care. (Heck, I live in California and I didn’t much care.)
5. PLEASE don’t introduce six lovable, unselfish dogs and then have the narrator leave them out in the wilderness to die when she goes off to save the world. Maybe they’ll be back in book two. But that doesn’t excuse the (author's) negligence.
6. Speaking of teases–the end is there to get you to buy book two.
The writing style is smooth and transitions from character to character without any hitches. This is even more noteworthy when you consider that this book is written by two authors. I’ve seen books by two really well-known authors who couldn’t pull this off, so Kudos to the authors for making us truly believe that the world is ending of one thing only to pull it out from under us again and again in a sort of “gotcha” moment. I hope you pick this book up because I don’t think you will be sorry you did!
However, There are certain parts that are a bit slow.
I like second chance stories, Isabel and Diego get that chance.
I was a little annoyed at finding out the reason "why" they spent so much time apart.
Instead of Isabel's reaction to the explanation being an "over reaction",
she had an "under reaction".
It was horrible what Matt and the others did to them.
I'm trying not to list any spoilers, so, I will just say that the book was just an..
"ok" read or listen.
The narrators, Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard worked well together and did a good job with the narration.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no
cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Watch out, now, DL Orton has come on the scene and in her first novel (her brain cells must be tuned to humor at all times) she bolts impressively both into an action piece and into one zany style of creating bizarre situations. Time travel? Fantasy? It is difficult to label the contents, but simply reading the Prologue gives a strong idea that we're dealing with a uniquely gifted mind: (A few years from now) The chubby gun trader shifts his weight and looks up at me, one eye squeezed shut. "What sort of firearm you lookin' to purchase, ma'am?" He's enthroned on a maroon chintz armchair in front of a burned-out Walmart. "Handgun," I say. "Something easy to aim and shoot." Behind me, a handful of men mill about a few meager stalls. I can feel their stares pecking against my back, an unarmed woman traveling alone. I force down a flood of disturbing memories and focus on the task at hand: protecting myself in a world gone all to hell. "You come to the right place, little lady." He glances down at my hiking boots and then drags his gaze up my torso, his top lip curling. "I got a Walther P-22 I might be willin' to trade." I've never heard of Walther, and I have no idea what a P-22 is-- for all I know, it could be a water pistol. I stand there staring at him, unable to get my brain to engage.....I trudge back across the decaying blacktop and up the old highway, periodically glancing back to make sure no one is following me. As soon as the Walmart is out of sight, I vomit all over my gore-spattered boots. Oh my god, Diego, what have we done?`
This is a wild and totally enjoyable ride, and the spacey synopsis is best worded by the author: `If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back? When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present--and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives twenty years in the past, buck-naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured nineteen-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that's a heart breaker, save the world or not. This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it's the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn't have the proper footwear. It's a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.'
Were it not written so extremely well, this book could be mistaken for a standup comedienne routine - that is how packed with humor and parody and absurdity and on-fire imagination this book is. As a debut novel it is astonishingly fine and can only make us hope the next episode will be coming down the line soon. Brava! Grady Harp, June 15