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In Times Like These (Volume 1) Paperback – September 22, 2013
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Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as “dressy” flip-flops. He is the author of two time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never.
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Sure, there would be (are!) plenty of nut jobs intent on changing the world/s to fit their own designs. Think Osama Bin Laden with a time machine and endless worlds to conquer! So Nathan has an endless supply of "evil bad guys" to beat down pat.
But how would people react knowing that there are potentially countless other copies of themselves living on countless worlds? Would you strive to be creative in some way, when you "know" that other versions of "you" on many other worlds have already done better than you feel you could?
He also glosses over obvious medical advances outside the predictable desires of some to "upgrade" their own bodies, so misses some serious social changes which should happen within even the next 50 years.
An example might be something along the lines of: "What happens to society when people only died or are disabled by extreme trauma?" Is all death then treated as murder?
Another example might be what happens to the tourist trade? Dino hunting anybody?
I could go on and on, as time travel has potentially countless permutations.
Still a fun read.
~I like this book because I could relate to the characters. They were not super-duper adventurers, ‘least not in the beginning. They had to grow into the role cast upon them. They, all of the group, were forced to work together…which, in turn, forced then to grow. Good character development by the author.
~There is a little hint of romance. I am quite sure that this will be expanded in the sequel book(s).
~We have good guys…we have bad guys…and we have some characters that it takes a while to figure out exactly where they fit in.
~Hopping from one crisis to the next…and sometimes back to where one just came from…that is what time travel is all about.
~I enjoyed the storyline, it was a good relaxing read. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, fast-paced, light, sci-fi time travel adventure story.
~I won’t give any spoilers…but the grandfather was outstanding, my favorite character.
This trilogy offers more than just an adventure story as it raises thought provoking questions about interfering with history and the possibility of multiple universes.
This eBook starts really well, the first 100 pages are truly good and I read them in one sitting, but then I think the author got overwhelmed by all the parallel worlds, scientific explanations and time paradoxes... and above that he threw in a convicted serial killer that was also struck by a lightning bolt and flew with them back to the 80s and decided to start killing some people... making the butterfly effect a child's play compared to the hurricane that a murder in the 1985 would cause in 2009... and I started to read at a slower pace...
so anyway, the second half made me drop the initial 4-5 to a 2-3 star rating but I had a good time reading this one, though and I'll probably read volumes 2 and 3 if I ever caught them for free at Amazon... I do recommend this one to all you time-travel lovers and I honestly congratulate the author for a above average 1st novel
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The plot is convoluted - heck, it's a TIME travel story.Read more
Definitely plan on checking out other books by Mr Van Coops!
I'd love to see this made into a movie.