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Publishers Weekly (⭐️ Starred Review)
"Well written and deftly crafted."
Midwest Book Review (Featured Pick)
"The best of the best."
A "Great Indie Star of 2015" selected by Publishers Weekly
USA Best Book Awards Finalist
"The Best Science Fiction Love Story of the Year."
R. J. Kauffman, Panda Books Press
"Rich, Detailed, Fast-Paced, and Intelligent."
"I was satisfied, exhausted, inspired, and blown away."
J. Staughton, Editor, Sheriff Nottingham eLit Magazine
"Edgy, literary, pithy [and] refreshingly naughty."
E.M. Davis, Sr Editor @ Pressque
"Clever and absolutely hilarious!"
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From the Author
Think The Outlander meets Men Are From Mars in the Andromeda Strain (with a healthy dose of Dirty Dancing).
- ASIN : B01DQ9J51G
- Publisher : Rocky Mountain Press (US); 1st edition (July 1, 2016)
- Publication date : July 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 9043 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #660,526 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book kind of has it all - time travel, romance, apocalyptic survivors, etc. The characters are interesting and the pace of the book is fast. I was disappointed when I got to the end of the book, only because I wasn't ready to stop reading! The cliffhanger ending was also a good one.
The characters were believable and well-developed and each had their own story line, with the potential for more development of each.
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading book 3.
Several interesting new characters are introduced, including Lani, a disfigured doctor and her daughter Shannon. These are memorable characters, but the rest of the supporting cast was not as well developed.
The ending felt abrupt and jarring and I wish that subplot had been resolved. However, the next book in the series is already out and I’ve bought my copy. I hope it continues the plots in this book as opposed to going back to Isabel.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, DL Orton!
Top reviews from other countries
Diego is a fantastic character. I really liked him. He is kind and loving. There is a lot of cheesy/pun-y dialogue by him that had me rolling my eyes at times, but its all part of his charm. When the time machine (from book 1) malfunctions, he finds himself trapped eighteen years in the future. This future/parallel world has been devastated by a terrible event and the survivors are living in biodomes created by David Kirk (who is known as Dave Kirkland where Diego originally comes from). Will Diego find a way to get home to Isabel, or will he be trapped in this alternate universe forever?
This story is a lot less complicated than the first book and is based purely in the alternate world where Diego finds himself. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Diego, though other characters have their say too, mostly Lani, the unofficial doctor in the biodome (called affectionately the Bub by its inhabitants) and her seventeen year old daughter Shannon. These two characters play a major role in this story and I liked them both. A lot. They have a warmth about them that made them come alive, not to mention they are both stubborn and opinionated. There are also other characters that are introduced and give the story an interesting twist. One of them is Madders, a pilot who is a father figure to Shannon and encourages her to follow her dream of being an engineer. He doesn't actually make an appearance until late into the story but he too has a major role in this tale.
This book is action packed and took me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotion. There is even a hint of romance, and I found myself hoping that Diego and Lani would get together. However, his heart still belongs to Isabel. Diego struggles with his new reality and is determined to find a way to get home to her. I did find some of the story repetitive plot-wise to book one, which annoyed me, even though the scenes were completely different. I suppose this is the problem with time travel type stories, where the plot follows the same line even if events happen in a different way. The story does end on an exciting if somewhat heartbreaking climax and it left me in tears. Although not exactly a cliffhanger, it definitely made me eager to find out what happens next. I am now looking forward to reading the third book, Dead Time, as soon as possible.
DL Orton has written an intriguing time travel romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is not as fast paced as some other authors I've read but it still had me turning the pages. The flow of the story is a lot smoother than the first book and this made it a more pleasurable read. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.
There are no scenes of an explicit nature, although there is mention of sexual activity. Having said that, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 16) due to the nature of the story. However, I do recommend this book if you love dystopian or time travel romances. - Lynn Worton
If you haven’t read the first book, please look away now. I am going to try and avoid major spoilers, but there are some little ones.
So we left book one with Izzy ‘rescued’(oh please let her be safe) and Diego having gone back to save Izzy. Diego has now turned up in a different universe, where the biodomes have been built by David Kirk, David Kirkland’s alter person. We get to meet some new characters including Shannon and her mother Lari. Lari is the alter of one of the looters from the first book, and Shannon’s mentor is Madders (Matt) who is the alter of Picasso. This means that there is a lot more room for story because we already know what Picasso is like! The Doomsday events have eradicated most of humanity (around 40,000 people have survived) and the outside air is too contaminated to breathe, unless you are Diego. Diego has to convince his rescuers that he is not crazy, and that his story is real and he knows things about them because he has met them before. The book ends with Diego and Matt crossing the country to show David that Diego is immune from the virus outside but they are going to encounter disasters, religious fanatics and alligators. Oh my!
David in this book is as a big a –bleep- as in the first one. He has an affair with Lari, pays for her apartment, education, abuses her and gets her pregnant before deserting her. Lari was in love with him, but she has now convinced herself that she swapped sex for life in the dome. Poor thing. Another damaged female character, written with only the care and shaping that a woman writer could bring. She is not an item of pity, she is a survivor in more ways than one and she has a strong beautiful daughter to bring up. I was not as much on her side as I am Izzy (oh please let her be safe) - I might even get a “Team Izzy” t-shirt made - but I do care about her, and I hope that she finds the happiness she deserves. Her heart is in the right place and she has a good head on her shoulders.
I didn’t really connect with Shannon however, but I respected her for the way she is trying to make the world a better place, and for figuring out solutions to the problems she sees. I think the problem for me is not that she is 16, but that she is naïve? Not quite the right word but, she gets her words mixed up (limbo instead of bimbo, Lassie instead of collie) and that annoys me. I know it is to indicate how much the world is changed and how isolated they are in their domes but it created distance for me.
A really good mechanism is that there appears to be a shell for each universe we discover, and so far we have 4 shells. We know of three universes (the original one, the Tego one, and Diego’s current one) which makes me wonder if the fourth one is where Izzy is (oh please let her be safe)? The characters are not hard to follow and we have the same point of view chapters as we did before. I missed Izzy (OPLHBS) in this book, but I understand it would have been even more confusing if we had multiple Diego’s. I didn’t notice the absence of the steamy scenes, but for me that is because Diego and Izzy (OPLHBS) are soul mates and any action should be between them only. I don’t want to hear about them having sex with anyone else thank you very much!
The characters are still animal lovers, and this makes me connect with them more. I am totally with these characters heart and soul. They have infected my brain and I need the next book to be out now because if I don’t find out what happens then I will sulk and pout and be a general nuisance. I am just going to have to keep re-reading the books and falling deeper in love. Sigh.
I wasn't expecting the book to end as suddenly and at such a dramatic point. It left me with many questions and a strong desire to go download the next book to see what happens next.
Between Two Evils is turning out to be a highly addictive read.
I don't normally start reading books that ar part of a series unless the whole collection has been published, but I didn't realize that Crossing in
Time was the first of 5 when I picked it up from my library. So my only criticism of this book is that it leaves you hanging quite abruptly and you have to wait to find out what happens next.