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Toward Yesterday Paperback – February 16, 2016
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"This is a hidden gem that would be a pure shame to miss. Toward Yesterday is an apocalyptic, science fiction thriller, that kept me sneaking away to read my Kindle for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Engrossing, thought-provoking, filled with lasting, vivid imagery...the story gripped me early, and didn't let go."
~ Steven Konkoly, author of The Jakarta Pandemic ~
"I powered through this book in a day. It's a writing tour de force. If anyone reading is a writer and wants to know how to write perfect prose, buy this book. If anyone has a story in their head and wants to find a model to help them tell it, buy this book. If anyone's looking for a good Stephen King/Dean Koontz/Michael Crichton book and has read everything by these men, buy this book. I guarantee you won't be disappointed."
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"'Towards Yesterday' is a wonderful throw back to the days when Science Fiction was actually based to some degree on Science."
~ William Vitka, author of The Danger of Field Work ~
"Towards Yesterday is the best time travel story that I can remember coming across in any medium -- book, movie, TV show, or video game."
~ 5 out of 5 stars - Sift Book Reviews ~
"In a world sinking into a morass of indifferent Fantasy, leavened only by the occasional Space Opera, it is a huge relief to read some 'proper' science fiction. You, know, fiction based on science."
~ Pat Whitaker, author of Bad Blood ~
"Good God, the artful penmanship this writer has! To make me, a non-fan of the genre, twist and turn and cheer (for the most odd of characters, no less)"
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About the Author
Paul Antony Jones is a native of Cardiff, Wales. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and commercial copywriter, but his passion is penning fiction. Jones is a self-described science geek and a voracious reader of scientific periodicals. He is a fan of all things mysterious, unknown, and on the fringe, which inspired his series Extinction Point as well as the book Toward Yesterday. Jones and his wife live near Las Vegas, Nevada.
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This book lost me almost right away. The author went overboard in his descriptions of various things. I think it was an attempt to use unique words and sound almost poetic, but it just left me exasperated. I also din't know what he wanted this book to be. Was it a story of relationships and second chances? There wasn't really enough on the relationships to say that. Was it a time-travel, post-apocalypse where the focus is on the attempt to survive the calamity? If so, unfortunately that part was kind of dull. One character was introduced very early on, and didn't resurface until the very end. What was the point of that? There was no battle of good vs evil, though there was a suspicious religious organization, but their purpose in the story was unclear to me.
Nothing was ever fully realized in this story. Everything just seemed very rushed and it left me feeling that the story really didn't have an identity.
Mr. Jones explores these ideas and provides an interesting race-against-the-clock scenario that keeps the reader interested right up to the explosive conclusion. I paid only 99 cents for this novel, but I feel that it is easily worth more. It is a novel not only of sci-fi, but of ideas; this is what distinguishes good sci-fi from great sci-fi.
The book really made me wonder what I would do differently with my life if I woke up in my 15 year-old body. I look forward to reading more works by this author and congratulate him on publishing his first novel.
The fact that Jones sent an entire world back in time, with human memories intact, had to have made writing this story a challenge. Would babies be able to talk? Which leaders--current or past--would be in charge? What about animals, food distribution, jobs, ownership of possessions, etc.? In all, this book could have been a mess with major plausibility gaps. Fortunately, Jones did an effective job of answering the obvious questions and steering the reader away from the rest.
My only complaint is that this book could have used a wee bit more editing before it was published. Most people, however, will read right past the few typing errors.
The bottom line is that Paul Antony Jones is a talented storyteller, and he has written a fun book that will keep readers thinking about it long after they've finished the last page. I look forward to reading something else by Jones in the future.
Marty Essen, author of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents