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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
Each chapter went back and forth from future to present and you would think that it would make it confusing, but it didn't at all. Also, the science part of the story was very believable and not confusing for me! I know pretty much nothing about 'science things' so there have been several times when science fiction books were a little over my head. This book wasn't like that. I didn't feel lost or confused.
A Sickness In Time stayed at a pretty good pace and wasn't predictable. There were plot twists that made the story interesting and enjoyable. Well done, Thomas and Thurkettle! Thanks for a great book!
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A great story, full of adventure, action and event, but also brimming with philosophy and scientific theory that’s readily accessible. The novel explores a number of themes, but selfish greed is the most potent element.
A moral tale with many twists and turns to reach a conclusion as surprising as it is inevitable. A compelling and very satisfying read.