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Toward Yesterday Paperback – February 16, 2016
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~ 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)"
~ 4 out of 5 stars - Butterfly-o-Meter Books ~
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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Paul Jones' Towards Yesterday is unashamedly old school. The plot is well-paced and compelling, the science convincing, and the questions posed - both social and personal - leave the reader with plenty to ponder. I did take issue with the idea that Dirac's radio avoids the causal loop, based on the precept that it is information and not matter that is displaced in time, but that is a dispute with the theory, not the author.
I should point out that there is much more to this work; the characters are strongly drawn and the interplay of personality and circumstance compelling. I can unreservedly recommend you read Towards Yesterday if you prefer steak to hamburger.
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.
Pay attention, aspiring scifi writers! This author understands what makes a story truly science fiction and not fantasy - and there are a number of authors who don't seem to understand the difference.
I hate it when that happens. Well, I guess it can be okay if the situation results in some thrilling science fiction fun -- and I will grant there is some of that in this worthy effort, TOWARDS YESTERDAY, which is a first-time novel venture for writer and journalist PAUL ANTONY JONES.
There is much to like, but equally as much to criticize in this attempt to write a fast-paced, pot-boiling sci-fi yarn very much in the tradition of Dean R. Koontz, although this offering blows a tad more technological, whereas Koontz leans more toward horror.
In brief, this is a time travel scenario in which the entire human race gets thrust 25 years back in time by an experiment with tachyon particles that goes badly awry. The situation offers plenty of opportunity for interesting premises - such as the dead being "revitalized" when they are allowed to wake up again 25 years in the past. Old people are young and vigorous again. Widowed husbands are joyfully reunited with dead wives, a man gets to see his long-dead child alive again. And this is juicy: Adults suddenly find themselves back in their childhood bodies, but with their grown up minds and memories all intact! Nice!
But the shock of the sudden and inexplicable time quake also creates societal chaos and a period of readjustment, forcing all of humanity to come to grips with a mind-numbing set of circumstances. The calendar gets instantly dialed back from year 2042 to 2018. Yow!
What's agonizing about this novel is that it often misfires even when the author is doing all the right things. I mean, he gets and "A for Effort" is his ability to keep the action going - but unfortunately, some of the action scenes come off as numbingly tedious in their rendering. For example, if you want your hero to bash in the head of a bad guy with a car bumper - why spend two pages describing in minute detail the process of tearing the bumper off a wrecked car as we wait for the head-bashing?
The bigger problem for me, however, was the uneven inner psychological workings of the characters. For example, the main character, Jim Baston, alternates back and forth from tormented "inwardly destroyed" man who killed his own daughter and ruined his marriage, to happy-go-lucky brilliant scientist and writer who easy-breezily falls in love with a sexy young mathematician. In one scene, Baston endures a gut-wrenching reunion and conversation with his ex-wife whom he thought was dead (along with his little girl) -- and right on the next page he is enjoying wine, a candlelight dinner and hot romance with his new number-crunching honey!
Also, one of the most promising and primary characters, the preacher Jacob Pike, just kind of recedes into the background of the plot and basically fades out of the story -- which is kind of inexplicable. A final and truly critically flaw of the story is the way the toughest challenge the characters are grappling with resolves itself - not through direct action of the heroes - but rather through a happy circumstance of science. This sort of "oh, we never thought of that" situation destroys the punch of the ending.
But, you know what? - I am going to do some of my own time traveling right now and predict the future. My prediction is this:
That one day Paul Antony Jones is going to be a millionaire because he will be a best-selling author. No, I'm not being snarky or cynical, or just trying to be nice. Not in the least. I just bet it happens. This author has everything it takes. His writing skill (which is considerable) can produce the kind of mass-market page turners that publishers love to promote, and gazillions of readers like to buy to read on the beach, or while riding the bus, or just to enjoy.