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- Publication Date: October 23, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OJFP2DW
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The Yesterday Adjustment: A PENNSYLVANIA Novella Kindle Edition
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Damien’s department doesn't know much about what happened during the battle itself, other than that the Amish are involved in bringing food to Columbia prior to the battle so he must infiltrate the Pennsylvania Amish Zone, get on the wagon to Columbia and realign history so that Transport wins. Going back in time, he succeeds in his infiltration and meets Abraham and his son, Amos Troyer. Amos, the future leader of TRACE, is only a sixteen year old boy at this point in time. Will Damien be able to stay on task with his mission objectives or will he be tempted to change history in other ways and kill Amos? And will his actions prevent TRACE from taking over the stronghold or just make sure destiny fulfills itself?
This swift-moving and tense story hits all the right notes for a piece of fan fiction from the universe of Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania. It features time travel, which is always a favorite of mine, it's a suspenseful tale that stands on its own, it connects well to some characters from the Pennsylvania Omnibus and it also enriches that world by adding deeper resonance to some of its characters and their motivations. I thoroughly enjoyed the James Bond sequence (including the requisite discussion with a Q-type character) in the beginning as Damien prepares to time travel, as well as the witty repartee in his department prior to his departure.
As Damien further infiltrates the Amish Zone, there are some humorous moments that made me laugh as he tries to fake his knowledge of the Amish lifestyle, but mostly fails. I also kept wondering whether or not Damien would succeed in his undercover mission in the Amish Zone or whether he would be caught. The ending kept me guessing what would happen right up until the last page and went in unexpected and entertaining directions as well.
Overall, all of the Pennsylvania fan fiction that I have read so far, (Chris Pourteau’s Gettysburg and D.K. Cassidy’s Donovan) has been impressive and fantastic. I’m happy to say this story easily fits that description. :)
Please note that I was given an Advanced Readers Copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
With that being said, there was some EXTREME world-building here in "The Yesterday Adjustment" that I'd never heard of before picking up Bruns' novella. (Transport, portals, BICE implants, TRACE, the rebels, the Englisch War ... the list goes on.)
The reason I want to point this out is because although I wasn't familiar with a lot of the wording at first (and Bruns' throws you RIGHT into the action, which is the exciting and correct thing to do, but can be a bit dizzying) Bruns' describes things very well. And what's more--he pulls you INTO the story immediately.
-So even though I might've been a little behind on the minute details of the world, I felt like I understood who Time Operative Agent Damien Strickland was immediately (James Bond, basically, complete with snide, snarky inner dialogue), as well as the other characters of the Transport mission.
-I felt that this novella just got better and better as I kept reading. Bruns has a gift for storytelling; his descriptions of the Amish community (people and surroundings) were beautifully worded. There was a particular scene with Agent Damien trying to milk a cow that was particularly well-written--Bruns must have had some experience with this in his personal life. I felt like I was right there with the characters throughout the story--especially into the climactic ending.
-Which leads me to my final point: the ending. I vaguely considered giving Bruns four stars for the ending, but realized that he actually deserved MORE stars instead of less for my feelings about said ending, because I was UPSET IT ENDED. Bruns really amped up the action in the last few pages, and once I turned the final page to find the novella was over, I felt a little robbed!
Bruns ended the book in an appropriate way (a great cliffhanger, with some answers and some loose strings), but I would REALLY like to see a sequel here. I would love one, in fact. Bruns has so much more to work with, and he really pulled me into this world, especially regarding the future Amish rebel leader, Amos Troyer.
-Here's hoping Bruns writes a sequel, but in the meantime, if you are a fan of James Bond-type movies and character voice, beautifully-written prose, descriptions of the wild outdoors but infused with science-fiction elements, and some serious action (and not a lot of romance), then this book is for you!
“Historians called it an “inflection event,” a fancy term for a turning point in history, where the momentum shifted from one side to the other.”
This is the mission of the character Damien, in this story written in the world of Michael Bunker’s book, “Pennsylvania”. The rebels, TRACE, are winning the war. Damien, who works for Transport, is trying to change the future by preventing an event from the past. Fans of “Pennsylvania” will enjoy this original story, however it is not necessary to read the book first, to like this tale.
The ending was also a big problem for me. While things built up to an exciting ending and climax, the actual end itself was a "what the eff just happened here?" one for me. I just felt everything that happened was inconclusive.
I don't know. I've read David Bruns before and enjoyed it. Maybe I just read this one on the wrong day, in the wrong mood. Unsatisfying. I wanted and needed more from this.