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- Print Length: 365 pages
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- Publisher: Exciting Press (July 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0058V5MLI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His father had developed a time machine. Despite the consequences, the two go back in time to save Chance's dad. When they do so, his father tells them about the dangers and beauty of time travel. And off they go -- back to the time of Jesus and Hitler. With hopes to watch history happen, they instead become involved, and it changes everything.
But The Prodigal Hour uses dual narration. Besides Chance, we also learn about Leonard Kensington, another scientist and time traveler. But as we read the chapters he narrates, we realize he has a distorted sense of reality...or rather it's different from our reality. It leaves us to wonder how Leonard is related to Chance and Cassie and when and where they will meet.
Many novels nowadays tend to use 9/11 as a way to entice readers. It's a depressing, relatively recent event to which we can all relate, remember, and grieve over. Often times, I feel 9/11 is abused in books and movies. While September 11th is the starting point of The Prodigal Hour, it's not the focus of the story, and I like that.Read more ›
Nor does the book shrink from topics charged with extreme emotion. Love, death, guilt, and responsibility are superimposed over backdrops of the 9/11 tragedy, rise of the Nazis, and Christ's crucifixion. Entrekin doesn't pull punches with his characters, forcing impossible choices at every turn. I can often tell how a story will end, but with this one I couldn't imagine. The twists kept coming to the very last chapter.
The style of the novel reminded me of Michael Crichton or Dean Koontz, filled with unbounded imaginings rooted in science. The prose is fluid and easy to read, with experimental elements that emphasize movement in the novel. Point of view and verb tense shift seamlessly throughout the story. As an editor, I am sensitive to such things, but it was so well done I often didn't realize it had shifted until several pages later.
My only complaint: I was unclear how the episode with Christ advanced the plot. It helped develop the main character and it was definitely interesting to read, but I thought the story would have proceeded the same without it. In addition, I was disappointed that a book which was so uncompromising with every other subject balked at the big theological question raised in the incident: was Christ resurrected?Read more ›
Credit is due to the author for incorporating an alternate (simultaneous) reality into the tale but this story then also falls back on the standard time travel incentive: go back in time to stop a murder, kill Hitler, prevent the 9/11 attacks, etc.... And of course there is the protagonist who doesn't believe that any changes to the past will have great effects on the world as we know it. We can argue the effects of stepping on a blade of grass or even killing an unknown in the past but to think that killing Hitler and preventing the Holocaust would NOT have severe effects on the future is an unreasonable assumption.Read more ›
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A twisted, imaginative take on time travel, set in the backdrop of 9/11, eerily real yet spookily fantastical. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Corbin
An interesting concept for a novel. The story is quite interesting except that I found it hard at times to follow what was happening to who? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Al J. Conetto
I would recommend this book for a easy to read time travel novel.Published 14 months ago by Laurie Rittenhouse
Disappointed. This had the potential to be a good story, but I stopped reading it after the first f-word. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story line was great. But I thought it could have been developed more. We have five senses and I picked up only 4 - there was no sense of smell for any of the locations. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carol Anton
An excellent, exciting time travel story involving modern ideas. Great read!Published 18 months ago by M. Tucker
This book was actually quite good till the half way point. Then it just kind of fell apart for me. It still finished ok but just ok. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jim Brown
II don't do well with fantasy, it leaves me feeling ungrounded. Too many F bombsPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer hunterma
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