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- Print Length: 442 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014757M9U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the mystery behind Amy's disappearance and the way it unfolded. The 'rules' of time travelling were logical enough to follow without being too complicated so that the story could take centre stage. I also loved the ending, which resolved almost all of the important bits (I did want to know what happened with Mark though) while still leaving it wide open for a sequel, which is supposedly coming this year and which I will definitely look out for.
If you like a fantastical adventure mystery with some great characters and an excellent story then check it out - I recommend it.
So looks like the next book won't be out for a while, while I wait I will be reading Nick's other books. Maybe starting tonight?
Jones's writing is clear and vivid, with a wonderful sense of place. Extra credit for his food, movie and music references - all of which have a point and are not there as mere window dressing. I also enjoyed his chapter headings and illustrations, rich metaphors that felt like crooked fingers beckoning me towards adventure. Best of all is his humor, which really only gets a chance to blossom once his protagonist decides to be proactive about his life.
I'm very much looking forward to the next installment.
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Poor Joseph Bridgeman, unsurprisingly, has a terrible time after that. The next chapter finds him 36 years old with his life in shreds. There are references to horrendous bullying at school. The writing isn't without humour but, about a third of the way in, I began to feel I really didn't want to read any more about someone's unbearable life. It was only the appearance of another character, a friend, that kept me going (I don't waste time on books I don't enjoy). About half way in, I couldn't put the book down and, three quarters of the way through, I could barely pace myself to actually read the words! Please, God, don't let it all have been a dream, I found myself thinking!
The end doesn't disappoint. It was a gripping story and, yes, I really enjoyed it. So why four stars instead of five?
Perhaps it's fair to point out at this stage that my favourite authors were around in the 17th to 20th centuries - a good literary style, excellent use of vocabulary, perfect grammar. Mr Jones's literary style is a little different. He definitely knows how to tell a good story and keep his reader enthralled, but it's rather like listening to someone speak, complete with four letter expletives. I didn't find it offensive - I'm a woman of the world, after all, and have been known to use such words myself - but it's not what I usually appreciate in writing. There was often a dearth of commas, but this didn't really intrude on my enjoyment. What did bring me up short - and it happened three times in quick succession about halfway through the book - was the use of the word 'gotten'. Gotten! This, of course, is a word that doesn't exist in British English, although perfectly acceptable to Americans. And I believe Mr Jones is British. I may not bat an eyelid at profanities, but bad grammar really exasperates me!
I was unsure, too, at the beginning of the book about its setting and the author's nationality. "Hey Buddy, fancy your chances?' This is the first sentence. Then the fourth paragraph: 'Gonna give it a go, Sir?' the man inquires, arms wide, 'Win the little lady something?' Doesn't this all sound rather American, even to the spelling of 'inquires'? But, no, everyone is English and it's set in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. No doubt I'm being pedantic, but to me this represents the dumbing down of the English language, and this is what led to the absence of the fifth star.
EDIT: The author was kind enough to reply to this review and tells me he has changed the words "gotten" and "buddy," so I've changed my rating to five stars and have no hesitation in recommending this novel. Thank you, Mr Jones.
This book is part regular story, part mystery. As Joseph tries harder and harder to get back in time, we wonder what on Earth could have happened to his sister to make her disappear so completely -- we assume she must have died, but how? Personally, I found the solution highly satisfying (and tragic). I shan't say any more, so I don't spoil it, but I would recommend this book, though it can drag in a few places, and some parts of the book read too obviously as written by a man (certain descriptions read as odd observations to me because of this fact).
I rarely, if ever, give a book 5 stars but this is a first for me., my first 5 star book review.. In summary, absolutely brilliant.
The book is complete in itself and there is no hint of a sequel but the final paragraph gives hope that maybe there could be. If there is, I'll be first in line to buy it.
Nick writes with a realistic rationale for an impossible capability, he makes the inexplicable not only viable but plausible. There is edge of your seat tension and a paradoxical, pulse racing pinnacle that had me reading faster than my eyeballs could contend with, the twists and turns unpredictable. There’s enough complexity to challenge the old grey matter, music, a spoonful of romance and a bucketful of love, and a tease at the conclusion of further outings for our hero.
My book of the year so far, surely a movie in waiting.
Elongate your rubber band people.
The story suited what I was looking for, the size of the book was perfect and it was a new author to me
From the first chapter the book was engaging and you your interest in the main character is maintained throughout.
It's not the most difficult of stories to work out but in my opinion that does not detract from the pleasure of reading it. And the end leaves you wanting more.
Highly recommended, I for one will be reading more Nick Jones books.
Why only four stars? I'm too pernickety to dish out five to anything other than true classics (think Bronte sisters, Austen, Dickens) but this book is a fun-filled four for me.
The idea of time travel has always fascinated me and the author deals with is in a very novel manner. Shades of "Back to the Future" but novel nontheless. The characters were well drawn and the plotting consistently good.
I was hoping that there would be a sequel already so I will have to keep checking in the hopes that there will be
Would definitely recommend reading this and l would definitely read any future further time travel escapades.
Even though it's sometimes hard to paint the picture, the book will always ensure that you reach an understandable conclusion we each time travel event, big or small. The story may start off slowly yet when time starts to play, you will be stuck in an endless time loop that will hook you to read from page to page. When you think all is balanced, time will prove you wrong because time waits for nobody...…………………………...………