- File Size: 499 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996662839
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press; 1 edition (December 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9JRQ9P
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is written by a fictional character from another of Michael Bunker's works, specifically "Hell and the Sea" a novel being written on a subscription model and currently in progress. It will be sold when finished and will be worth it; I'm reading the chapters as he releases them.
Casey, the protagonist of this current tale, is a shallow jerk who really doesn't want to be where he starts the novel. He does become a bit more of a person by his meeting of a couple of nerds who have an incredible invention. He subverts their mission and finds a true adversary at the close of the first novel. You certainly want to find out what happens next, and somehow care about the lovable jerk.
That was my first thought about Casey Atlas, the main character in Time Looter. Well, maybe not my *first* thought; my first thought was that he was just a big, dumb bully, the kind every 'Murican male reading this remembers having to contend with in their high school gym class, and every female remembers having to fend off in every other part of the school. But he's not, really. A dummy, that is.
There are some parallels between Time Looter and Back to the Future. In fact, Cooper mentions Back to the Future explicitly in the book; Casey Atlas, as it turns out, thinks about it a lot. But aside from time travel in general, and the danger of changing the time line in particular, there are more differences than similarities. Casey Atlas is definitely no Marty McFly. He may not be a dummy, but he has zero impulse control, seeming to go out of his way to do dumb things, and is always, *always* looking out for himself. Period.
Casey Atlas wasn't one of the easiest characters for me to relate to, but after the first chapter or so, I managed it. More or less. By the end of Episode 1, I was at least only cringing as I watched him running full speed (figuratively speaking) at brick walls, rather than outright cheering for the wall. And there are plenty of cringe-worthy opportunities, as Casey Atlas never fails to find some new way to place himself and everyone around him in danger of... whatever happens when you mess with the timeline. So now, like it or not, I'm hooked.
Time Looter is a solid read for anyone who likes time travel stories, "bad boy" stories, tongue in cheek stories, or any combination of same. The prose is meaty, the action is quick but not hurried, and the situations are thought-provoking, to say the least. Go give it a try.
The story is interesting and the writing good. The main character is quite unlikeable, but the supporting cast are good enough to pull it through. I had trouble with the formatting in that at least twice per page, words ran together without the spaces that should have been there. That may be my older Kindle Keyboard model, but I throw that out there just in case anyone else has an older Kindle. Also, do not take lightly the warning about it being a cliffhanger. It is. Seriously. This made me feel gypped, but when I came back to this page to rant about it, I see there was a warning, so I have no one to blame but myself. I will definitely not buy any more until the series is finished.
Forbes West and Michael Bunker fired up their gizmos and thinking caps and cooked up a tale that is part heist story, Back to the Future, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, TITANIC, and zany 80's teenage comedy. I definitely recommend this story if you want to go for a ride back in time.
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Highly entertaining! Hope they make a move out of it.