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Timecaster (Insane Sci-Fi Action! Book 1) by [Konrath, J.A., Kilborn, Jack]
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"Konrath is amazing. I wish I had his talent. " - Jack Kilborn, author of TRAPPED

"I wrote this book!" - J.A. Konrath, author of TIMECASTER

From the Author

An Informal Q & A with Joe Konrath

Q: You're known for thrillers and horror novels. What made you write Science Fiction?

Joe: Sci-fi is the most fun to write. There are no boundaries. If I can think it up, I can write about it. I had such a great time writing the Timecaster books. 

Q: What's the tone of the series?

Joe: We've all read about dystopian futures where the government is terrible and everything is gray and no one is happy. I went in the other direction. My future is bright and green and truly a utopia... until everything goes to hell.

Q: You have a lot of humor in these.

Joe: Yes. They're funny. I laughed so hard while writing these that I peed my spleen out.

Q: What does a spleen actually do?

Joe: I have no idea. But lemme tell you, the only thing worse than peeing out your spleen is shoving it back in.

Q: These books feature some graphic sex...

Joe: Hell yeah! In the future, prostitution is legal. So are drugs. It's utopia, remember? Smoke up and get naked.

Q: Why did the sex have to be so gratuitous?

Joe: Have you ever had sex? It's always gratuitous. That's the point. Don't be so prude. Open your mind up. Sex is natural, and normal, and a part of life.

Q: The sex in these books is not normal.

Joe: Save that talk for church, Mr. Puritan. And while you're there, feel free to pray for my soul. But it won't help.

Q: How do these books tie in with your other, non-science fiction titles?

Joe: I have a cop character named Jack Daniels who has been in a bunch of my books. Talon, the hero of the Timecaster series, is Jack's grandson. So Jack and various other characters from my other books appear in the Timecaster books.

If you like my other books, you'll like Timecaster, even though it is futuristic. If you like Timecaster, you'll like my other books, even though they aren't futuristic.

It's strange that the fans of each don't do more cross-over reading. I'm the same writer, folks. I'm going to entertain you whether the year is 1995 or 2064.

Q: Who is Joe Kimball?

Joe: I used a pen name for my horror books, Jack Kilborn. When Timecatser first came out, I used the pen name Joe Kimball. That was a mistake. They should have been published under JA Konrath. So I killed Kimball. He died well, even though his funeral was poorly attended.

Q: These books have a lot of science and gadgets in them. Is any of it based on fact?

Joe: Some of it. Some I just made up. But I love thinking about how the world will improve in the future, and what cool new stuff man will be able to do. So I get to play with space elevators and Tesla fields and nanotech and transhumanism and parallel universes and talking dinosaurs and giant squids and green roofs and all sorts of fun things. 

Q: When is the third book, Timecaster Steampunk going to be available?

Joe: Not until the first two books earn five hundred billion dollars.

You hear that, Timecaster fans? If you want the new book, you need to tell everyone you know to buy the first two. 

If that doesn't work out, I'm thinking 2016 sometime...

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JHYIF4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, let me make it clear that I am a big Konrath fan. He has written many enjoyable books with a multitude of interesting characters. However, what worked in his other books just doesn't work in the Timecaster series.

I just can't find anything enjoyable about this series. The plot is just too implausible with too many unbelievable characters who have no redeeming values. The reader just goes from one silly, ridiculous event to another equally silly and ridiculous event. What is sad is that the novel doesn't end it just leads to a second and equally absurd second book.

If this is someone's first Konrath novel, I would encourage them to try some of the others: The List, Origin and Afraid and much better attempts at science fiction.

I can only hope that the characters in Timecaster and the sequel somehow get lost in time and can't find their way back. Or maybe they can land in an alternate universe where they find themselves in a well written novel. Just make this series go away.
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I was disappointed in this book after having read two other Konrath books which I enjoyed much much more. I love sci-fi and Konrath's sense of humor. But all the sex contributed very little to the plot. I also found the hero of this book to be much less likeable than, say, Jack Daniels. But I really don't like it when I get to the end and find out that the story is continued in the next book and completely unresolved in this one.
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I bought Timecaster after reading a 1* review that claimed it was full of gratuitous sex set in a ridiculous future with a lot of pointless technology thrown in. That sounded like something I would really enjoy.

First of all, the sex, while not as gratuitous as that 1* review advertised, was still a whole lot of fun. The future was actually really cool (I'd never read any ecopunk before) and all of the technology Konrath introduced served to further the story.

Talon is such a great character. I loved him. Life keeps knocking him down, literally and figuratively, over and over, but he keeps getting back up. And not just to save himself--Talon is trying to clear his name, but he's doing it so he can have a future with his wife, Vicki, instead of being killed in prison. And he loves Vicki so much, but he's so freaked out by her job. It's a great internal conflict.

Also, as an added bonus for Konrath fans, Harry McGlade's grandson shows up in Timecaster and he's even funnier than than his grandfather.
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This is a fun story that plays out in a not-so-realistic, yet interesting future where the nation's way of life has drastically shifted due to technology, both negatively and positively. Konrath builds a world and then drives a tank through the middle of it with strong action sequences, true-to-life vulgarities, and over-the-top sexual encounters. For those who don't like those things: This book is not for you. Let it be known, though: People have sex... and they swear... sometimes they do both at once.

The main character is good and worth rooting for. His damsel-in-distress is hot, so that's always worth fighting for. His nemesis is a jerk, but an intriguing one, so he's worth defeating. Well-done characters drive a solid story, and it's as simple as that.

I've already started reading the sequel.
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A fun, slightly raunchy romp through sci-fi. Very past paced and lots of action. I found it difficult to put down because I wanted to see what would happen next. Lots of cool ideas of futuristic tech.
SPOILER ALERT: I didn't care for the ending because it didn't really end, it just set it up for a sequel. I am half way through the sequel and it's not nearly as good in my opinion as the original story. But, that's just my opinion. Read them for yourself!
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Spoiler alert;;
I loved the concept of this book. It was absolutely cool, having read all the other books that you got to see such progression of characters. After falling in love with Jack Daniels mysteries I then got to this one. Here in this book you get to see Jack's great grandson and Harry's great grandson. Though I swear the Mcglade characters are shockingly similar so much it's just a "mini Harry".
Apart from any stories about Phin this is my favorite one.
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Talon Avalon is about to get a cure for his boredom. In the future, nearly all violent crime has been erased thanks to the ability to see into the past and catch any criminals in the act. The people who use this technology are called Timcasters. Talon is one of very few left and, since people stop committing crimes before they're even committed, his life has been reduced to giving lectures to school children. That is until Neil, one of his wife's (a State Licensed Prostitute) clients asks Talon to look into a possible murder. When Talon investigates using the Timecaster tech, he finds the murderer alright. It's himself.

Think TimeCop meets Demolition Man, meets Deja Vu, meets The One and you'll get a pretty good idea of what you'll get when you first start reading Timecaster. It's fast, frenetic, and action packed. The book reads like a very imaginative sci-fi blockbuster but, it's smarter than your average popcorn flick. Konrath/Kimball uses his vivid imagination to paint a picture of the world 50 years in our future. Electricity flows through the air, not through wires. Because vegetation is primarily used for fuel, America, even its buildings, is covered in plant life. Even the roads and rooftops are made from vegetation. Casinos sit on the edge of space, tethered by Space Elevators. The world of the future as seen through the author's eyes is nothing short of fantastical and every bit of technology plays a role in the book. What's more, he explains how these future techs work and where they stemmed from while not taking the reader out of the story. It's impressive.

As is the norm with a Konrath book, larger than life, whacky characters fill every page. Talon Avalon is good at what he does, but he's not flawless. He gets his butt handed to him constantly.
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