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Time Jump (Halcyon Gate Book 1) by [Preiss, J. M.]
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Length: 179 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"What starts as a simple mission through a newly formed time portal develops into a more complex situation as the story unfolds.

There are some thoughtful ideas within the story that are played out. Whilst at times it might seem a little slow paced and perhaps one of the main characters seems a bit underdeveloped or don't understand quite why that happened you find the reason why at the end which is an interesting twist.

Time is spent setting the scene/ exploring the characters/world where they came from and where they ended up after going through the portal but it still has a good amount of action and suspense in it ...... which is why I am trying to avoid giving too much of the plot away.

My only rant is that it is the first of what is likely to be a trilogy and it ends with only some of the questions answered ....something I would have liked to know before I started as I am impatient to know what happens next!" -- amazon.co.uk review

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  • File Size: 4169 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078832F2
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I got sucked in just enough to want to see how it ended – and when I got to the end – there was a note about “enjoying the next installment” or some such thing. Are you kidding me??? Drag me through this poorly written book and then not give me and ending? Unbelievable…
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Four and a half ENJOYABLE STARS! "Time Jump" by J.M. Preiss is the first book in the Halcyon Gate saga and details the adventures of the first humans to travel in time. In the future, the Halcyon project in Ireland is set to benefit mankind by sending a two-man team, Mason and Jacob, on its history-making mission, but the deployed team is immediately puzzled by what they find and who they meet. Then comes the shock of where they are in time and space. The team must sort out whether and how to complete their mission. Failure is not an option. Skillfully written with short chapters and minimal plot holes, the author quickly advances the plot line and bolsters it with baffling circumstances and interesting characters. This novel takes us beyond the usual 'time travel' fare. Again, this is Book 1 of the Halcyon Gate Saga. Highly Recommended. Four and a half ADVENTUROUS Stars (Review is based on a Kindle download of 257 KB ~159 pages)
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A very different out come on what the two main characters had planned on their time travel trip. Instead of going back in time to correct a wrong, they end up way in the future and it is not very pleasant. Really kept my interest, and was a page turner. I could not wait to see what happened. Well written, and not a lot of repetition to fill the pages.

Good read if you like time travel stories especially if you like theories on the future.
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I bought several books on time travel all on the same evening, and this was the one that I was able to "get into" first. I read the whole thing, and for the most part I enjoyed it. Some of the initial concepts were good about the future society the travelers come from and the theory and machinery used to accomplish it.

A mistake in co-ordinates - or was it intentional? - has sent them plummeting into a future dystopian society, and not the past as was the plan that they knew of. Honestly, after the book got going the future was pretty boring. Their wanderings lead them to the sort of civilization that is left in that future, small pockets of people in mysterious towns with secrets. It never became very clear, or all that exciting, just what was going on. Were there were opportunities to create grand characters, be they heroes or villains, it sort of fizzles. The growing friendship between the two travelers wants to be a "buddy picture" sort of camaraderie, but never quite makes it.

I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, not knowing that it is the first in a series. I'm not sure there's enough story to stretch to multiple books, but I'll check out the sequel to find out.
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The story was pretty dumb. In fact, it was a juvenile shoot-em-up SF time travel tale, rather banal and very predictable, and lacking imagination or creativity. I was ultimatley unable to finish reading the story, due to its major deficiencies.
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Pros: Excellent sequencing, outlining, character choices, imaginative processes, and action. Cons: weak character impetus which leaves all other things somewhat shallow. Explore motivations much more deeply and the relationships, triumphs, and failures that evolve when mixing those motives between various characters. Good effort.
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This is definitely a serial. Loose ends everywhere with no likelihood of cleaning up this mess. We spend an inordinate amount of time describing combat gear that never gets used while forgetting an important aspect that we need to quickly give instruction about in the middle of combat. People get gratuitously killed, and nobody gets really mad. Lots of dropped words and wrong words. It was a pleasant read, but really confusing and nonsensical.
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The concept was intriguing. Two men in the future thinking they were going to go into the past to convince those "in the know" to build a means to travel through time but instead end up 20,000, give or take a few thousand years, in the future. It could have been a good story but the book is filled with misspellings and is very poorly written. I found that as much as I wanted to like the characters, their constant, almost childish, banter put me off. I'm afraid I found the story boring, not engaging. I did read it to the end and saw how it would lead into another part of the story but I'm afraid I have no interest in moving on in the series. Some serious editing needs to be done to Time Jump and I would hope that the next part of the series has been looked at more closely.
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