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Sickness in Time Paperback – September 15, 2016
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MF Thomas has lived and worked in over 20 countries. He is very happy to be home in the United States. With Nicholas Thurkettle, he co-authored the sci-fi thriller novel Seeing by Moonlight, published in Autumn 2013.
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It's really a perfect book. I loved it. I will be purchasing other books by these authors.
The story involves two alternating timelines, and two casts of characters. The first takes place in the near future, where a revolutionary technology poses a threat to humanity, and concerns the efforts of the man responsible for the technology and his scientist friend to send messages into the past and prevent the dystopic future from occurring. The second involves a traumatized former fighter pilot who stumbles across one of the messages, her roommate, and the professor who has been intercepting the messages, who try to follow these cryptic messages and save the future. Along the way, mysterious persons from both the past and the future try to sabotage their efforts.
I particularly liked the attention the authors gave to Maria, the former fighter pilot and chief protagonist of the story, and her roommate Lia, who both find meaning and strength as they embrace their mission.
I'm looking forward to the next story!
The technological arguments were innovative and at times hard to follow but there were plenty of events that were very believable. I particularly liked the intermingling of electronic reasoning with human thought and the resulting mix of computer and human viruses. We also had the usual mind boggling situations where actions across time could affect past events.
For me the relationship between author and reader is personal so I am always a bit wary of novels written by two people. I don’t know how the task was shared on this occasion but the arrangement worked.
The characters were convincing and I enjoyed the story of the mature Josh doing his best to make good the evil that his inventions had unwittingly created. However, for me the real relationship of the book was that between Maria and Lia, their support for each other, their dependence on each other, and their undeniable yet unspoken love for one another.
Most of the storylines came together at the end with a few nice little twists. I am not sure if all loose ends were tied but, time permitting, I would willingly read the book again to check.
MF Thomas and Nicholas Thurkettle have produced a fascinating science fiction story and I am pleased to give it five stars.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Entrepreneur Josh Scribner has made a fortune from an idea that may well be the beginning of the end of the human race. In the year 2038, an older Josh is desperate to make things right and in the process save the life of his daughter. To do this, Josh develops a way to send messages back in time and he and a close friend and colleague embark on a daring mission to change the past.
In present day whilst on a camping trip, ex-air force pilot Maria Kerrigan finds a strange marker buried in the ground. It comes with instructions to deliver the marker to scientist Dr Qualls. Despite her misgivings, Maria’s curiosity gets the better of her and upon delivering the object she and her friend Lia become drawn into a battle to save the human race.
I really enjoyed reading A Sickness in Time. The science behind the plot was very well thought-out and completely believable. The approach was so methodical and plausible that you could easily believe that it might just work. The main characters were developed, flawed - but not so much that they were unlikeable - and very relatable. They all worked well together and their differences complimented each other nicely. However, the standout character for me was Lia. Here was a character who had been through so much and despite her difficulties was able to provide much needed support to Maria as well as becoming an integral part of the team.
A Sickness in Time is a compelling read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and there is a nice twist to the end which I didn’t see coming!