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Alan Tucker, author of The Mother-Earth Series as well as the time travel adventure series, Tales of Uncertainty, is a dad, a graphic designer, and a soccer coach. Mostly in that order. He's had a lifelong adoration of books, beginning with Encyclopedia Brown, progressing through Alan Dean Foster's Flinx, and continuing on with the likes of Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine and Naomi Novik, to name a few.

"I wanted to write a book that I'd enjoy reading. One that I hoped my kids would enjoy too!"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: MAD Design, Inc. (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988504707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988504707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,178,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, a caveat. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed the book.

Knot In Time is Alan Tucker's latest offering, and it's an action-adventure story about a young buck who gets himself mixed up with some guardians of time and what happens to him as a result.

Darius Arthur Heisenberg is a young man with no future, when he is recruited by the Time Keepers to help keep the threads of time from getting tangled up due to people's interference with the space-time continuum. He is trained to be a field agent, and his first assignment will be a doozy. In the future, there is a colony on Mars that is attacked by aliens. The Martians send an agent back to Earth to try to buy themselves some time to deal with the alien threat, and Darius ("Dare", as he likes to be called) is sent to stop this female agent from messing up Earth's past. The female agent turns out to be a whole lot of trouble, and Dare bounces around on Earth for a while, getting into increasingly hot water with this female agent, and then is taken to Mars when the female agent returns home. Things just get worse from there. There are many entanglements for Dare, with another female agent showing up, and various players on Mars getting involved, and then there are the aliens themselves, who are strangely familiar to Dare. The plot rolls along smartly until it all ties up neatly in the end.

This book starts out slowly and moves faster and faster as it goes along, as the plot twists and turns in all directions. You won't see a lot of the moves before they arrive, as new characters are introduced and old situations change quickly.
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Time travel; one of literature's most confusing and certainly one of its most entertaining genres. It is almost always associated with aliens, space travel, and futuristic themes. Knot in Time is definitely no exception. Beginning in the present year of 2012, the characters in this book travel through vast periods of time. In the book, a young man named Darius Heisenberg is inducted into a group called the Keepers. A Keeper's job is to preserve different "threads" of time. Think Green Lantern Corps but instead of fighting against the color yellow, they just make sure time goes how it's supposed to go. They recruit from different alien species who their mysterious leaders deem to be most suitable for this task. The story starts with the recruiting of the first-ever human Keeper: Darius Heisenberg.

Time travel in and of itself is a confusing and complex notion that, more often than not, leaves readers with more questions than answers. I think that any author with the guts to take on such a difficult plot will have a very hard time, especially when you take it a step further, introducing an infinite number of "threads" of time, as well as an organization that has the ability to be outside of time itself. Bringing all of this into a single book would be a very difficult thing to do, while still having your readers able to understand what's going on. And thus, my great respect for Mr. Alan Tucker, for he has done just that in Knot in Time. Mr. Tucker knows exactly how to write a book that people just want to keep reading. This book is packed with non-stop action and suspense, and will you finish it, you'll wonder to yourself where all those pages went, wishing that you could have them back.
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While this book is probably intended for a young adult audience, I found it to be engrossing and well-written. Character development could have easily been more complete, but having said that, it is a very well-designed story with a good mix of action, suspense and drama. The time travel was not confusing and the sci-fi gadgetry did not get in the way of the story at all. Most important, the characters are likeable which makes their exploits so interesting. This was well worth the time to read and was very enjoyable.
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I've always been fascinated with the concept of time travel, and when I discovered the main character was named Dare (short for Darius) with an attitude to match, I knew I had to read this book! Dare reminds me so much of many of my former students, so I connected with him right away. His journey to become a Keeper, or a guardian of time, is a fun roller coaster ride to experience along with him. The plot is just complicated enough to provide mystery and several "Aha" moments without getting too convoluted to follow. There are several vivid scenes that make you think, "Movie Moment" and some fascinating secondary characters. If you like time travel, I recommend this clever story!
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There was just something about even the book's initial description that was irreverently humorous. So much so I decided to take a chance and start reading it....figuring I could always stop if it turned out to be too juvenile for my 61 year old sensibilities.

I read it from first page to last and enjoyed the ride. Dare is an engaging wise___s with noble scruples. Though irreverent he still exhibited compassion and backbone while trying to make sense of someone else's rules. I found him worth caring about as followed the nicely complex plot line.

I look forward to reading more about Dare's time with the Keepers .....even if the series wasn't originally written for old farts like me. Sometimes there just isn't a corner market on good writing.
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