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Tempest: A Novel (The Tempest Trilogy) Hardcover – January 17, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Tempest Trilogy Series

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Equal parts sf time-travel saga, secret-agent action thriller, and romance, this series starter takes time getting its bearings, even as dramatic scenes place its hero, Jackson, in inexplicable danger. For fans of puzzle-within-puzzle plots, this won’t be a deterrent. Son of a New York City CEO, Jackson knows he is able to step back in time and has been testing his abilities with his science-nerd friend, Adam. But Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly, is in the dark until two sinister men corner the couple and begin shooting. Shocked, Jackson is thrown far into his own past. Certain that the Holly he knows in 2009 is dead, he sets out to know an earlier version of her, while also learning that his own father may not be who he says he is. The CIA is involved, as is a doctor who engineered a terrible experiment. Significant ambiguities remain throughout the final act as Jackson makes some tough choices, though for some readers this may actually keep them panting for the sequel. Grades 9-12. --Karen Cruze

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Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never began writing until May of 2009 and hasn't gone a day without it since.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Tempest Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312568894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312568894
  • ASIN: 0312568894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd been considering preordering this book, so when I got the chance for an Advanced Reading Copy I jumped on it. The first quarter of the book was slow and a bit boring; I put it down to continue the next day. However, once Holly and Jackson are attacked (pretty early on), the book kicked into high gear and I read it straight through without stopping - it was that engrossing. The story reminds me of a cross between Steven Gould's Jumper: A Novel and the movie Next. Jackson can travel back in time, but never more than a few days and it doesn't change anything in the present. When Holly is shot, Jackson travels back two full years, and is unable to return. From there, the book takes on an almost relentless pace.

The writing here is excellent, and the story well laid out. It could have become hard on a reader trying to follow a story where the main character is jumping around in time. But whenever Jackson changes times, a new chapter begins with the date when he is. The author also attempted to provide an explanation for Jackson's ability, and for the most part succeeded. As the first in a planned trilogy, I expected to be left hanging with no answers and very little plot development. Instead, I was thrown right into conspiracies! His father is not who he thinks; a mysterious girl who looks like his dead sister keeps appearing; someone may be trying to kill him. Moreover, Jackson thinks and sounds like a 19 year old guy, especially in his relationship with Holly. And he actually grows as a character as the story progresses.
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Let me be honest - time travel is hard for me to understand. It's really easy for a book to glaze over the fundamentals, and let the reader flounder around trying to grab onto the ins and outs. It's really hard for an author to offer a new take that's not just unique, but also understandable. Julie Cross not only got me to understand time travel, but see it in a new light and actually (gasp) enjoy it! Not since The Time Traveler's Wife (book, not movie) had I enjoyed the plot devise so much.

Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a rich kid with a great girlfriend. His life is normal - except for the fact that he can time travel. Although it's not normal time travel - he can go to the past, but his actions have no affect on the future. That is, until mysterious men barge into his girlfriend's dorm and shoot her. Watching his girlfriend gasp for breath, Jackson unwillingly time travels two years into the past - 2007 - but this time, he's actually there and he can't return to his present. While in 2007, Jackson must figure out who those people were, what is actually going on around him in his life, and how to get back and save his girlfriend.

Let me tell you - the book is intensely awesome. I was hooked from the first page, getting into the character traits and stories. And then BOOM I'm in 2007, learning all about the character's lives before I met them. It was great, meeting people with Jackson and putting together little pieces along the way. Because of course Jackson isn't the only time traveler. And of course his life isn't as it seems.

As as mentioned, the time traveling aspect is described quite nicely. Cross almost literally says "scrap what you think about time travel - let's start over," which worked well. She has her own take, and it's nicely drawn out.
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had been wanting to read this series for a while now. I had checked out the first 2 books from the library on a couple different occasions, but never got around to reading them. But when we were blessed to find out that we would be able to host Julie Cross for a FFBC event, and would be receiving TIMESTORM for review, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to marathon the series.

The one thing that I don't usually like when books do flash back scenes is the inability to follow along with the timeline. I was happy to say that I did not have that problem with this book. And there is a quite a bit of time travel in this book, both going into the past and into the future.

The book starts off with the main character Jackson just finding out about this ability to time jump. He is still unsure about how it able to do this, but with the help of his brainiac best friend Adam are running experiments to try to figure it all out. Up until this point, Jackson has been able to go back into time, but he has not been able to remain there for longer than a few minutes. All this changes, when one day 2 men break into his girlfriend Holly's apartment in an attempt to kidnap Jackson to test him to see if he actually does have the powers they think he does. When they are unable to successfully acquire him, they have to take drastic measures to see what Jackson is capable of and they shoot and kill Holly.

Unable to handle the heartbreak Jackson does what they call a "COMPLETE JUMP" and moves his home base back into the future. Now that he is back into the future, he determined to find a way to save Holly. He finds and locates Adam and had to convince him that he is from the future and ask for his help. As he starts hunting for answers, secrets start unraveling before him.
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