Official Review: The Mantle of Khronos by Paul V Young

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Official Review: The Mantle of Khronos by Paul V Young

Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 02 Nov 2017, 10:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Mantle of Khronos" by Paul V Young.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Time travel is nearly a universal fascination. What if we COULD travel backward or forward in time? Much ink has been spilled dealing with potential ramifications and philosophical issues. The Mantle of Khronos is a science fiction novel dealing with time travel, but not in a familiar fashion. I found the book's concept of portals to be new and intriguing. However, the scientific explanations of much of this were mostly lost on me. While this did not hinder my overall enjoyment of the book, someone else might have difficulty.

One of the main characters, Hunter, has noticed strange happenings in the area surrounding his home. He summons his cousin, Romy, to aid in deciphering the puzzle. Landslides, strange futuristic-like objects found in apparently centuries-old lava formations, odd weather, and other circumstances make for quite the mystery. A nearby farmer tells them his cows have been disappearing. The town’s resident police detective, Sergeant Dissett becomes involved. Unfortunately, no one is able to decipher what is really happening. A lot of energy is expended deciding if time travel is indeed possible, even in theory.

Soon, the plot plunges into a classic race between good and evil, with a significant twist coming from the inability of the reader to easily know who the real “bad guys” are. I don’t mind the author being nebulous on this. I feel that was one factor that kept my attention throughout the entire book. The biggest hindrance to the plot was the increasing amount of characters that kept showing up. By the time I reached the last chapters, I was having difficulty knowing who everyone was. It was obvious that at least one party was acting nefariously, but it was nearly impossible to tell who, as nearly every character was shrouded in at least a little mystery. Much of the plot involves a race to be first through the time portal. I can’t say a lot more about the time portal, lest I give away serious spoilers, but everyone had their own reason to be first.

The author threw in some major plot twists toward the end, helping to build suspense and propel the story forward to the climax. I appreciated the way the author tied up loose ends at the very end. The author was also kind enough to leave clues to the possibility of sequels while simultaneously avoiding major cliffhangers. Additionally, the editing is clean. Overall, I enjoyed the author’s pace and his dialogue. The book is somewhat low on character development but high in energy.

If you are looking for a new science fiction concept, you should find this to be an interesting read. I would have no trouble recommending it to audiences of any age unless someone’s enjoyment requires a full understanding of how the alternate reality works. All in all, I will give this 3 out of 4 stars. I would rate it higher if I had been better able to follow all the characters and understand the concepts.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 04 Nov 2017, 07:02

Hi, Greenstripedgiraffe! I am intrigued by the time portal and the missing cows. I wonder if there are also missing kangaroos (the setting is Australia, right?).

Thanks for this intriguing review!

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Post by alvin-A » 04 Nov 2017, 11:00

Hi greenstripedgiraffe,
I very much enjoyed this book. I loved every part of it especially the areas of time travel. I was expecting to read a lot of things on Australia since the setting is in Australia.
Thanks for the Wonderfull review.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 05 Nov 2017, 17:54

I wish I had that portal right here right now. I could travel forward in time. That would be superb! I truly liked your review. You made me want to read this book because even though the amount of characters was difficult to keep track of, there's enough mystery and excitement in the story. Thanks for the review!

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Post by HouseOfAtticus » 06 Nov 2017, 06:26

I really liked your review. The book sounds really interesting. I didn't like the cover, but this one is going in my to read list.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 06 Nov 2017, 09:12

Miriam Molina wrote:Hi, Greenstripedgiraffe! I am intrigued by the time portal and the missing cows. I wonder if there are also missing kangaroos (the setting is Australia, right?).

Thanks for this intriguing review!
The Australian setting is sort of minimal to the plot. No mention of kangaroos, wombats, or koalas!!

-- 06 Nov 2017, 09:25 --
Kalin Adi wrote:I wish I had that portal right here right now. I could travel forward in time. That would be superb! I truly liked your review. You made me want to read this book because even though the amount of characters was difficult to keep track of, there's enough mystery and excitement in the story. Thanks for the review!
This was definitely a book that kept me engaged!

-- 06 Nov 2017, 09:27 --
HouseOfAtticus wrote:I really liked your review. The book sounds really interesting. I didn't like the cover, but this one is going in my to read list.
Thank you for your kind comments :oops: It was an interesting book - a very different take on the time travel idea!
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Post by Spirit Wandering » 07 Nov 2017, 20:24

I am always interested in books that propose new theories about time travel so I will check this one out. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Nov 2017, 20:51

I know some enjoy the scientific explanations. Unfortunately, I find them a little too much for me most of the time. They just go over my head. Still, sounds like an interesting concept. Thanks.
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 08 Nov 2017, 08:57

kandscreeley wrote:I know some enjoy the scientific explanations. Unfortunately, I find them a little too much for me most of the time. They just go over my head. Still, sounds like an interesting concept. Thanks.
I do sort of enjoy the science parts normally, but this went WAY UP THERE and nope :roll: But, the story itself was great. :lol2:
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Post by Kat Berg » 08 Nov 2017, 21:51

Although I don't mind scientific explanations, and generally really enjoy sci-fi, I am just not a fan of the time travel theme. I don't typically mind multiple characters, however, as long as they do not have similar names and are fleshed out enough to make them memorable.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 09 Nov 2017, 09:25

Kat Berg wrote:Although I don't mind scientific explanations, and generally really enjoy sci-fi, I am just not a fan of the time travel theme. I don't typically mind multiple characters, however, as long as they do not have similar names and are fleshed out enough to make them memorable.
This is not your typical time travel theme - that is for sure!! But, the characters were not fleshed out as much as I would prefer.
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 09 Nov 2017, 10:23

Sounds interesting but I think I would have some difficulty reading this book. Thank you for an insightful review though.
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