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The Traveler's Companion Paperback – March 24, 2011
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"The Traveler's Companion is a riveting psychological thriller, recommended." --Midwest Reviews
"The Travelers Companion pulls the reader through the pages. It is tight well woven plot with many satisfying moments and a superb, poignant, ending." --Read2Review.com
"The very fabric of reality may very well be in danger. "The Traveler's Companion" is a science fiction thriller as CIA agent Ryan Iverson must use his android with the power of seduction to take down world renown criminal C.C. Go. But Go has a new toy on hand, the Zone, where the mind trumps all in its creation, a technology that threatens the nature of the universe. As reality is bending to Go's will, Iverson doesn't know how he will stand a chance. "The Traveler's Companion" is a riveting psychological thriller, recommended."
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About the Author
Christopher John Chater is the author of the novels The Traveler’s Companion, Omegasphere, and Aquarius Rising, as well as the award winning short story "Progenitor." He was born in Burbank, California, but he’s lived all over, the East Coast, the West Coast, and the South. After working in several industries, a production assistant in the film industry, a song plugger in the music industry, and a bartender and butler in the hospitality industry, he started his own publishing company, Chater Publishing, in November of 2012. He now lives in Southern California and works full-time as a publisher and writer. www.christopherjohnchater.com
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Pretty early on in this book, one of the characters postulates that God exists, and announces that he's going to prove it using M Theory.
There are some complicated topics around quantum physics discussed in this book, but I didn't once feel out of my depth - even though quantum physics is a subject that normally confuses the stuffing out of me! I think that's because the author researched his topic extremely well (or he's a physicist himself), and he's extremely good at explaining things in layman's terms.
I won't tell you whether this character succeeded or not, but the basic premise of this book is that a rift has been found between reality and another dimension called The Zone.
At the same time, the protagonist, a CIA scientist by the name of Dr Iverson is working on an android woman, an artificial intelligence which he hopes to use to capture some of the CIA's most wanted criminals... by making them fall in love with her and divulge all their secrets.
It may sound a bit silly, but I actually found it quite plausible, and the situations quite believable. Other than the odd typo or grammatical faux pas, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters have depth, the settings are well defined, and the plots and subplots are just intricate enough to keep you thinking, but not so much as to bog you down and confuse you.
If you're into science fiction and thrillers (i.e. technothrillers), you won't be disappointed in this book.
This is truly one of the best Sci-fi books I've read in a long time. Christopher Chater is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Each of the main characters was well developed, including the clone/robot Angela, to a level where you are invited to like or hate, trust or fear, engage with their internal struggles as they are played out on the page.
The science of this science fiction seemed well researched and presented in a manner that was not too complex nor distancing of the reader. I found the underlying theme of the power of love, grief and loss as untapped sources of human creativity within this "world" to be quite resonant especially given I am an artist. The concept that this power could be harnessed to replicate our world including those we love in another Zone is not too great a reach from the bounds of possibility and this therefore made the story a whole lot more accessible.
Nice work, Mr Chater.