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Paradox Bound: A Novel Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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"A timey-wimey, full-barrel adventure novel that also teaches a non-ironic lesson in American civics...[featuring] an epithet-wielding, pistol-packing heroine that will capture hearts."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Lively, likeable, and wonderfully amusing."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A fun, almost sweet sci-fi thriller...[our heroes] visit different periods of American history and continue to narrowly escape danger, all while exchanging sassy comebacks. For fans of Ernest Cline."
"Always entertaining. . . . the action is swift and the faceless agents suitably chilling.”
“One cool novel. It has time travel and murders and faceless villains (I mean that literally) and I have a crush on the heroine. If the Tardis were a Model A Ford, this might be Doctor Who meets National Treasure.”
—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series
“A fast and resonant time-travel thriller and tour of America, bursting with fun ideas.”
—Django Wexler, author of the Shadow Campaigns novels
“So good you'll want to invent time travel and send a copy back to yourself, just so you can read it again for the first time. A tour de force."
—Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator
About the Author
PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of The Fold and the acclaimed Ex-Heroes series. He lives in Southern California.
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I recommend avoiding reading anything but the official description, but if you can skip that too, so much the better. Thus, I've included nothing of that in my review. I find that the less you know, the more enjoyable the tales become and that was certainly true here with "PB".
Finally, I want to note that I've read these books together with my 14-year old son (his mother and I have been reading to him all kinds of stories every night since he was an infant) and he's also a huge fan of everything we've seen so far from Mr. Clines -- though note that I'm not necessarily recommending this for young teens as I've had to omit some minor language and brief descriptions of violence along the way.
If you pick this up for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
The Audiobook narrated by Ray Porter was an added joy. Ray seems to read Mr. Clines thoughts as he performs the novel. They are not a new combination and Ray can often be heard narrating Peter Clines novels. There is a magic there that keeps your ear and mind stuck to the story and draws you in deeper. Ray, as a narrator, sets some high standards for others out there. He has developed the characters sounds to the point of being unique (such as the Faceless Men).
*Possible spoilers ahead*
I think he handles his construct of "slick spots" mostly well but doesn't go into enuff detail. The results are kind of muddy but satisfying. I also expected more of a romantic bend in the tale but only got a brief glimpse in the end. Here's hoping the next (?) iteration includes more. Overall, I liked the characters, the car references and the little historical tidbits sprinkled throughout. With a few tweaks, could be the start of something cool.
Good but not great. Mildly recommended.
With some likable characters and an interesting twist on some of the tropes between the protagonist and the mysterious traveler, the novel's sense of humor makes this a pleasant ride through some neat pieces of American history and left me hoping to return to visit the world of these characters once more.
I am disappointed that I didn’t get what I had hoped for, but I did enjoy the story.