About the Book:
Newly retired workaholic Roy Washburn is not ready for a life of leisure. On a trip to the mall with his wife, he finds a small metal cylinder with odd markings. One nudge of the cylinder’s triangle-shaped pointer and Roy finds himself embarking on an exciting new adventure in the Time Stream.
There he meets The Traveler, a tall, gangly being who shows Roy how to use the cylinder to visit other civilizations that co-exist on “his” Earth, each occupying a different, thin Time Slice. The Traveler solicits Roy’s help in recovering an object invented by his murdered father and beyond his own reach. Roy is his last hope.
At first it seems that the Traveler’s wish might be easily granted. But after Roy’s wife Emily becomes ill and his daughter’s long-held resentments rise to the surface, he can no longer “travel” at a moment’s notice. He also discovers the very real physical and mental risks involved in roaming the Time Stream.
Despite the dangers, Roy is determined to help the Traveler. But he can’t do it alone. Fortunately he has a loving wife and a core group of loyal friends. But first he must convince them–and his daughter–that he isn’t crazy …
About the Author:
Kerry Downing set out to become a meteorologist, but was hooked by the world of computers instead, becoming a systems analyst and programmer. Astronomy and science fiction are his passions. He’s been gazing at the stars at all hours of the night since the age of 10, when he received his first telescope. As for science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke and his brand of “it really seems as if it could happen” has always been his favorite. In the 90s, Kerry found the third love of his life: his wife, Lucy. They live in St. Louis, Missouri, with their five children. Time Slice is Kerry’s second science-fiction novel. His self-published, debut work is The Collective.
I’m not usually a fan of science fiction but something about this one appealed to me. That’s what I love about book reviewing – I am offered all manner of books and sometimes I read outside of my comfort zone and stretch a bit.
Our hero, Roy goes with his wife to the mall and finds a cylinder. It leads him on an adventure with The Traveler through a Time Slice. Roy finds this to be a better alternative than his current retirement plan. But he finds that he can’t explore as much as he’d like as his wife gets sick and his daughter becomes a boiling cauldron of previously unexplored rage.
It is certainly an interesting premise for a book and not being a big reader of science fiction I have no idea if it’s been done before or not but to me it seemed like a cool idea to be able to just push a button and swish through time slices. But all was not perfect in Roy’s world. for me. Where did Emily go? She was there and then she was gone. No explanation. It is seriously action packed – Roy goes, goes, goes but why is he going, going, going? I wasn’t sure I really cared.
The writing is solid in most areas and the main characters (except for poor Emily who disappears) are developed enough to be interesting.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Time Slice from Tribute Books. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.