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- Book 1 of 3 in The Incident Series (3 Book Series)
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The story focuses around Julia Olsen, an assistant dean at a college in Minnesota. Two of the college's deans have built a time travel machine, however one has disappeared and it is assumed that he has been scattered across time. It is soon discovered that some of the safeguards have been by passed and now the suspicion is murder, but the question is by whom?
Julia and the campus policeman, the victim's ex-wife, along with 2 graduate students, decide to use the machine to investigate what has happened, however they wind up not in their intended destination but in Pompeii just before its eruption. The murderer has evidently struck again. Will they ever get back home? Will they survive the destructive forces of Vesuvius?
This book does not really have the normal moments of time travel books. It combines history and a mystery. It is filled with the minutia of descriptions of Julia's life and her frequent offers of snacks to comfort people and time travel rules. A reader will also learn much about the academic world and its tenure, publicity, procedures and problems. At points the book seems to drag with details. We read how Julia puts on her gloves, takes them off to adjust her phone, how she hangs up her coat and the puffy, down boots she wears. There is also an unidentifiable disconnect with most of the characters, even though there is a lot of description there is a lack of warmth and depth.
This is still a book that might fascinate time travel fans and even those who enjoy a different type of whodunit.
While the premise of the story is great, the actual telling of the tale is a little ho-hum. The beginning of the book is slow, and the pace doesn't pick up till the travelers are time-warped to Italy. Once in Pompeii, the author goes into a lot of detailed descriptions of everyday life in Pompeii and Rome. This volume of description is fascinating from a historical standpoint, but all the narrative slows down the story. For my taste the story had too much description and idle conversation and not enough drama and action. I never felt a real connection to the characters or any sense of urgency at their predicament.
So overall the book is a pleasant, casual read that has a very interesting plot. The story drags in a few places, but curiosity at how the travelers get home and uncovering the name of the "murderer" kept me reading till the end.
At first the plot is definitely a mystery novel, as the Campus security chief Kirkland plays detective in trying to figure out who sent Professor Mooney back in time and stranded him there. Kirkland wants to go on a time jaunt himself, to see how it's done and get a better "feel" for the case. Our first-person narrator, the science Dean's secretary Julia Olsen, insists on accompanying him - as do two graduate students and a professor of literature & linguistics. Not surprisingly, the unknown saboteur manages to foul up their test run, sending them instead to ancient Pompeii to die in the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The second half of the book involves yet another whodunnit involving a petty crime in Pompeii, as well as continued speculation regarding the identity of the group's would-be murderer back in the present ... and the question of surviving & getting a message back to the present, with hopes of effecting a rescue.
I was surprised by the identity of the culprit. At first I thought the author had cheated - and perhaps she did, a little - but actually this person should have been a suspect all along. To say more than that would spoil it for you.
The only technical quibble I have is the author's occasional use of a past-past-tense to relay dialogue which _had transpired_ before relevant events happening in the "now" of the immediate-past-tense in the main narrative.Read more ›
On one level, this story operates as a pretty conventional mystery/investigation story, with clues and hints as to the identity of the guilty party, as well as lots of speculation about possible motives, and manages to keep the reader guessing until very near the end. But the real star of this story is the time travel element. As envisioned here, travel to the past is dangerous, since the past cannot be altered in any way, imposing severe constraints on the actions of a time traveler, who physically cannot do anything that would alter the path of History. Because of this, random travel through time is most likely to land the time traveler in a ghost zone, often the scene of some form of devastation, either natural or man-made, where all traces of the existence of the traveler is likely to be obliterated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite as madcap as "Regarding Ducks and Universes." I felt that the story dragged in places, particularly when the characters... Read morePublished 5 months ago by iBeth
'The Far Time Incident' by Neve Masla is a run romp through time combined with a clever whodunnit.
A time-travel lab on a campus is the scene of an accident and Julia... Read more
This story was a mystery with layers to peel away. The characters feel like people you would expect to work with Time Travel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rotto
The only thing better than reading this book is listening to the author read this book. Absolutely love it.Published 8 months ago by Nita V. Jester-Frantz
The Far Time Incident series is AWESOME. I am a huge fan of books like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which blend witty humor and science into an enjoyable story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. Botickely
The entire series has been great fun to read. Love the characters and plot twists. Kind of a sci-fi who dunnit. Hope she continues the series!Published 11 months ago by sharon elwell
Loved this book. I'm a fan of sci fi, mystery, history and these are all those rolled into one.
Very easy to read, interesting history, and interesting explanation of time... Read more
Too much waffle and not enough dramatic events or conflicts for resolution.Published 12 months ago by Toni Ludwig
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