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The Syndicate (Timewaves Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 642 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 1 of 4 in Timewaves|
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- Michelle Madow, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Elementals, Transcend Time, and Secret Diamond Sisters series
"Quite literally, my favorite time travel novel ever! It introduced me to time travel fiction and has got me hooked. The characters, plot, setting and voice of the novel were incredible. I also loved that it was massive! Need the sequel now!"
- File Size : 3518 KB
- Publication Date : March 1, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 642 pages
- Publisher : Dabber & Baehr (March 1, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B01BH1WA0I
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,761 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall this is very, very good. An adventure in 1920's Paris, seeking to obtain and copy a never published novel by a (fictitious) famous author, trying not to be outted as time travelers from the future, there's a bit of a sweet romance but it's not angst ridden and is just one thread in a complex plot. There's also a mysterious serial killer on the loose. A serial killer that was not recorded in history. In addition to all that, Stassi is seeking information to help her find out about her unknown birth parents due to a clue from that time and place.
The MC, Stassi, and her partner tease each other like brother and sister, obviously care for each other (non-romantically) and are loyal. I enjoyed their relationship, as well as Stassi's relationship with her best friend, Molly. The characters all have their own personalities and truly feel like individuals.
There's humor here, and a lot of heart. As well as mysteries and adventure.
I've noticed a couple minor editing errors, but no more than you might find in a traditionally published novel. One continuity error, but it was something extremely minor and unimportant. I also noticed a couple small anachronisms. A couple characters in 1920's Paris call the protagonist "Ms.", rather than "Miss". Another character tells a funny story about a woman who spent an evening with the back of her dress stuck in her hose - which only happens with pantyhose, which were not yet invented. So, not perfect, but relatively minor issues.
A few logically questionable issues, due to playing around with time. I think those could have been explained so they made sense a bit better, but nothing worthy of real complaint. One thing I truly did question as something that seems like it would effect history, that wasn't explained to my satisfaction. It would be spoilery to be more specific. It happened at the end, so I'm also thinking it may be addressed in book 2.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. The story is engaging and interesting, the writing is good, and I like the characters.
Taking place in the future where time travel has been discovered but eventually outlawed due to people messing up history, there is a group called the Syndicate who has perfected the art of time travel.
For a very high price, the wealthy can hire the syndicate runners (time travelers) to go back in time and collect rare artifacts for them.
Which leads us to our protagonist, Stassi, one of the runners for the syndicate.
The story follows as her and her partner, the charming and somewhat goofball esque Gaige, travel to 1920s Paris in search of a never published manuscript.
We meet such characters as the Ernest and Hadley Hemingway and other great authors.
However things don't go as planned. Soon there is a serial killer on the loose and Stassi might just be their next target.
Filled with intrigue, suspense and the roaring 20s in Paris there's not much this book is lacking.
The characters, like the world, are lush and full of life. I didn't want the book to end. I honestly can't wait to read the next one.
I first became obsessed with the Sophies when reading Talented (which I highly recommend if you haven’t read that series yet!), and I was happy to see that the characters in this book are just as lovable and memorable. The relationships are beyond realistic and I smiled throughout the fun banter and witty dialogue. I adored Charles and can’t wait to learn more about him during the next installment.
I was left wanting to know more about The Night Gentleman. Who is he? How does he know Stassi? He seems to know a lot more about her than she does, which has me very intrigued. I really hope he continues to be a villain because he makes a great one.
I also thought it was amazing how the Sophies wove fictional characters with non-fictional characters. I majored in statistics, so I never had many English classes, and I enjoyed learning of these famous historical figures. It was trippy experiencing alongside Stassi and Gaige the day-to-day lives of such important and impressive people.
Having read everything else they've written (Sophie Davis is a Pseudonym for two writers for those who don't already know that). I decided to try this book. They take on the always difficult genre of time travel in this series.
Time travel is always problematic to write. When you can travel back and forth in time, it is always difficult to avoid paradoxes and questions of "why didn't they just go back 1 day further etc.) In this case it was well done. Adding some real elements to make it seem plausible without getting into a ton of details that will just trip them up.
The characters (as usual) are well developed, the editing is excellent (so so many e-books have atrocious editing) and the story is fast paced. A few of the twists in the plot actually caught me off guard, a very pleasant surprise for me as I'm the type that usually figures out plot twists way too early.
I'm really looking forward to their follow up to this "Altic". There is also a prequel novella that is worth the read (though I would say to read that after reading this).
Top reviews from other countries
Thank you Sophies more please