Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: Time Slice by Kerry Downing

Time Slice

Publisher: Camel Press
Publication date: 6/10/2011
Pages: 248
Tribute Books Blog Tour fournished me with a copy for a fair and honest review. =]
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 An Earth Shared….
   Newly retired workaholic Roy Washburn is not ready for a life of leisure. On a trip to a 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 exist on “his” Earth, each occupying a different, thin Time Slice.

 A Strange Being with A Favor to Ask 
    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.

 A Dangerous Mission
    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...           

My Thoughts/Review:

This book was really good. It was like nothing I have ever read before. It was different in a really good way. Time Slice is a mix of both Contemporary and Fantasy/Science Fiction writing. This book blew me away. I am the type of person that doesn't really love Contemporary but when it is mixed with fantasy I am all game because it definitely brought this book to a whole new level.

I want to take the time to explain the premise of Time Slice. Basically in a nut shell the time stream is filled with many different time slices where none of the different dimensions of sorts knows about each other. Roy the main character finds himself on an adventure to help a fellow traveler that helps bring excitement back into his life. Roy is a very likeable and relatable character. All of the characters throughout Time Slice were really likeable. You actually felt for them and what they all were going through together. There were some twists and turns that caught me off guard and I wasn't really expecting. The whole story just was perfect from the beginning to the end. I am glad that I got the opportunity to read it.

What I really loved about this book was the feeling that the author put into his writing. You can really tell that the emotions portrayed in the novel have real feeling and really struck me as I read it. Kerry Downing is a really talented writer. I was surprised at how well he could mix the two genres and make it feel completely natural and real. Time Slice is a really cool Sci-Fi book with real emotion and feeling added in. The premise that Kerry came up with is completely genius. I can acutally believe that time slices could actually exist and are real all throughout the time stream. I mean whole different worlds could be right beside us and we could never even know that they are there.

If you get a chance go out and buy this book and read it. It really took me by surprise at how good it was. I can't say enough about it. It brings about a whole new unique way to think about Time Travel.  I really loved time slice. I really wish the author could right more. I didn't want the book to end. I now really can't wait to see what else Kerry Downing can come up with and write about. =]

Overall I give this book...

A Surprisingly Unique Sci-Fi with Heart. =]
5 out of 5 Stars

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Kerry Downing's Bio:
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.

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  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing TIME SLICE, Michael. :-) I'm really glad that you liked the story and when my next book comes out, you'll be the first to know :-)

    Thanks again.

  2. Michael, thanks for the phenomenal review of Kerry's book. I'm so glad you thoroughly enjoyed it.