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In Times Like These por Nathan Van Coops
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In Times Like These (edição 2013)

por Nathan Van Coops (Autor)

Séries: In Times Like These (book 1)

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"We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?" Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide. Action and romance heat up in this first book of the time travel adventure series. Reviews are in. This novel is: "Best time travel novel I have read." "Truly fabulous and fresh." "If you like time travel this book is a must-read. It is one of the best, if not the best science fiction time travel I have read so far." #3 in Hot New Releases in Time Travel Fiction #5 in Kindle eBooks>Science Fiction>Time Travel #9 in Amazon Best Sellers>Time Travel>Science Fiction… (mais)
Membro:MAR67
Título:In Times Like These
Autores:Nathan Van Coops (Autor)
Informação:Skylighter Press (2013), Edition: 1, 356 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***
Etiquetas:2019

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I felt like the book had a bit of a slow start, but once I really got into it I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out more about what was happening. Very enjoyable read and looking forward to the rest of the series. ( )
  bettyetters | Dec 3, 2020 |
I have a notebook that has been sitting in my dresser for the past 10 to 15 years that contains the plot to a time-travel movie. It describes having to touch objects to travel to its past/future using frequencies by using a watch like time travel device. So I have to conclude that Van Coops is me from the future.

But seriously, it's a fun time travel book that looks at all the problems that other stories in the genre gloss over. Things like, what if you jump to a time/location that is already occupied by something? What about all those paradoxes that you could create? Why are all time travelers good guys and not complete tools?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes the genre. Will be moving on to the next two books in the series. ( )
  nmorse | Dec 3, 2019 |
Ben and his friends just wanted to play a bit of softball but that lightning strike zapped them back in time, going from 2009 to 1986. Ben, Fresca, Carson, Robbie, and Blake. They’re all in their mid-20s and quite baffled by the common fashion sense of the average 1980s Florida resident. The story has a bit of nostalgia to it but also plenty of action. Once they come to terms with their reality, sort of, they decide to address their immediate needs: shelter & food & perhaps clothes. Luckily, Robbie’s grandfather lives in the area in the 1980s and luckily he’s bored enough or lonely enough to give these young people a chance.

I love the pace of the story. The tale doesn’t linger over the how and the characters don’t get to wallow in self pity. Sure, some are more concerned than others (Blake – I’m looking at you pining away for Mallory) and some take longer to deal with the shock of it, but pretty soon our fab 5 are hunting for some scientists to help them figure things out. That’s there Dr. Harold Quickly comes into the picture, along with this well traveled daughter Mim.

There’s a challenging foe in the story as well. Strenger is an arsonist who doesn’t mind killing people along the way. Somehow he also got sucked back into 1986 and he is also hunting for answers. I liked this aspect of the story because it complicated matters for our heroes. As if accidental time travel wasn’t bad enough; here’s this murdering evil fire bug to stop.

There was so much I liked about this story. It’s all about the adventure and avoids the often drawn out drama of time travel that can bog a story down. Things keep going wrong and there were a few times that I wanted to give Ben a little shake for making such a simple mistake. There’s side characters that help our heroes and there’s those that do them wrong. I also loved that not all of the fab 5 decided to put everything on the line just to get back to their natural timeline. After all, there’s plenty of time travelers that live when they want to.

The one issue I have with this story is the dearth of female characters. Fresca holds potential but she’s pretty one dimensional in this book. There’s a handful of female side characters, and they do get names and a few lines. However, I had to get about 5 hours into the book before we got another main female character: Mim. And, of course, she’s immediately slotted into the role of main love interest. She contributes little else for the rest of the story. There’s no female scientists or individual time travelers and they make few plot related decisions.

The story leaves us with enough wrapped up to be satisfying but plenty open enough for the sequel to just stroll right in. I was especially happy with Robbie and his choices. I can see Ben becoming the great time traveler we all need him to be. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Neil Hellegers is a shear delight to listen to. He gives Ben the barest goofiness to his voice which makes him sound like the relatively innocent young man he starts off as. I loved his rough, angry voice for the villain Strenger. His female voices are believable and I liked his very light accent for Fresca. His Montana cowboy voice was also well done. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nathan Van Coops. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ( )
  DabOfDarkness | Oct 30, 2018 |
What happens when you mix five friends who play softball with a lightning strike from a Florida thunderstorm? Time travel, that’s what! All the way back to 1986; twenty-three years in the past…when they were two to four years old, when their parents were young, and grandparents were still alive…when time travelers were as active as they were in 2009, the time they left.

When Ben, Carson, Robbie, Blake and Francesca are struck by lightning as they sat on the dugout bench of a softball field in St. Petersburg, Florida they are not only faced with coping with time travel itself, but must cope with a escaped murderer from their time; a murderer they find they must face and defeat in order to prevent disaster. Learning bits and pieces of time knowledge and wisdom from several different practitioners, they learn to manipulate time enough to confront their destiny…at least as far as the murderer is concerned. But are they being manipulated by a master time traveler with a personal agenda…and perhaps a vendetta to be served in a different timeline?

In Times Like These will keep every time travel fan on their edge of their seats and it winds its way through a maze of twists and turns, pitfalls and dead ends made all the more confusing by the time travel element. Are they being manipulated? I guess you’ll have to read it to know! ( )
  CPolk625 | Jul 23, 2018 |
In Times Like These

Great storyline, but got bogged down with too many “Anchor points”
I found the five characters at the beginning of the book confusing to handle. Too many characters at once with not enough detail or development. It took me until page 130 to work out which one was telling the story. A couple of “Ben’s” thrown in the conversation towards the story teller would have solved this.
The author worked extremely hard with the details of time travel. While I thought it was plausible, it was so overworked that it slowed and dragged whole sections down to the point it was painful to read.
At one point, I thought can I really bear to read about yet another “anchor point” or “degravitizer” or “chronometer.”
Dr Who’s “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” explains time travel just as well. The characters and the story are more important, rather than how time travel works.
Overall the book was quite good. The author wrote an intriguing story and put a lot of work into writing the book. What marked it down for me was the enormous effort required by the reader, not to skim it, but to read it properly. It was a hard task for me to finish the book. I think the author is capable of better work than this debut book. ( )
  woodylane | Jun 14, 2017 |
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"We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?" Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide. Action and romance heat up in this first book of the time travel adventure series. Reviews are in. This novel is: "Best time travel novel I have read." "Truly fabulous and fresh." "If you like time travel this book is a must-read. It is one of the best, if not the best science fiction time travel I have read so far." #3 in Hot New Releases in Time Travel Fiction #5 in Kindle eBooks>Science Fiction>Time Travel #9 in Amazon Best Sellers>Time Travel>Science Fiction

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