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A new resident in Japan, Samuel Williams is divorced and about to begin teaching English in an attempt to rebuild a life that has drifted depressingly far from his original hopes and dreams. After an explosion nearly kills him, Sam wakes in a hospital room and is shocked to find a beautiful Japanese woman of whom he has dreamt since childhood standing beside his bed. The woman, Suteko, explains that she has also been dreaming of him and that their meeting is not an accident; it is, instead, the result of the Echoes of Eternity, a powerful variant of the average person's deja vu. She also explains that they are two of only a few dozen Temporal people who can function in some fashion outside of time. Unfortunately, before she can fully explain, a series of murders and the actions of an evil group known as the Nephloc send Sam on the run, alone.
And so begins a thrilling ride that puts the fate of the United States' government and maybe even the entire world in Sam and Suteko's hands. Can Sam come to terms with the part that he must play before the Nephloc remove him from the equation? The answer will leave you breathless and questioning the very underpinnings of our world.
Perhaps the biggest strength of the book is also its biggest weaknesses: the pacing. The book is moves at brisk pace and has a lot of action setpieces. Yet due to this, the character development of Suteko and Sam feels lacking. Especially considering the two end up falling in love. The relationship in the beginning feels one sided by Sam, making one think it is unrequited love until Suteko actually starts to reciprocate. Furthermore the development of Sam’s powers and abilities feel rushed. There is only a few scenes where we see Sam struggling with his abilities and he seems to adapt to then quickly. And while it tends to be common in stories like these, it is so egregious that his skills seem almost on par with Suteko, whom has much more experience than he does.
Despite the pacing, at times it feels like there are scenes and characters that do not contribute much if anything to the story. There was a scene in a library that repeated an event that happened twice beforehand with the villain, Kalieen, tricking Williams. Not only that, but it leads to a death of a character that is barely introduced in the story. And the death is supposed to signify the stakes being raised since the villain now knows some of the members, but it does not feel that way. It felt somewhat pointless, especially since the villain tricks Sam four times in the same way throughout the book, two before the library. So the villain could already get to them.
Speaking of the villain, Kaileen is a pretty fun character. She is a standard temptress, ruthless villain, but is written in such a way that whenever she appears you know the scene is going to be fun. With that said, we only see her full potential as a villain once in terms of being cunning. She basically tricks the heroes to come after her and when they do, it not only furthers her goals, but also turns the public against the heroes. I felt that scene was a much better showcase of her deceptiveness than any other scene and it is a shame we do not see too much of it throughout the book.
All in all, a decent read if you want a fun little jaunt and have nothing else to do.
And it wasn't. I enjoyed the book for what it is.
But..as clean as the writing was, and the appropriateness of the Japanese phrases. The pain and hurt of the Main Character, MC, I just didn't feel the magic of the novel.
Everywhere I read, I look for that moment that I go "Wow. See. This is why I would LOVE to have super powers." Sorry, I guess this wasn't about a superhero novel.
If you're reading this review, don't let my comment deter you from getting it. The novel is good in what it does. A fun story telling of a man discovering he has a destiny that isn't as simple as being an English teacher...
But for me....there was no magic...sorry Mr. Martin.
You can write. But I will not buy.
But not all gifted people are good and soon we find that Sam has to contend with powerful forces that want to capture and control his gifts. Sam and Suteko must work together to stop a plot that could send the nation into ruin.
The action is tense and the well-crafted plot moves along at a nice pace. Even though this is a thriller, the language is extremely mild and there is nothing else objectionable in the story making it suitable for a very wide range of readers. If I could, I would give this 4 1/2 stars.
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