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Official Review: A Reunion in Time by Russell F. Moran

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 22 Sep 2018, 09:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Reunion in Time" by Russell F. Moran.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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A Reunion in Time is an interesting science fiction novel written by Russell F. Moran.

The year is 2021. Three individuals in their thirties: Rick, an FBI agent in charge of New York Counterterrorism Task Force; Ellen, an architect and a partner in a big New York architectural firm; and Jack, an author and journalist writing an article for the Washington Times, disappear in a construction site on the way to Holy Cross High School within hours of each other. They show up in their teenage bodies in the year 2001, a few days before the attack on the World Trade Center in September 11. Apparently, they travel twenty years back in time.

Though Rick, his wife Ellen, and Jack do not come within the same day, they share the same experience of walking through a construction site, stepping on a grate and appearing in a different year in their younger bodies. They also offer the same warning about an attack on the World Trade Center in their attempt to stop the horrible event from happening. Naturally, no one believes them.

While trying to figure out a way back to 2021 with the help of Brother Francis, the Dean of Men of Holy Cross High School and Dr. Max Thorndike, a leading expert on time travel, the three seemingly young people visit Ellen’s uncle, a novelist who writes about time travel and who introduces them to another time traveler who knows about something he calls a ‘doomsday material’.

Told in alternating perspectives between first-person points of view of Rick and Ellen and third-person point of view, the book begins with a fast pace that eventually slows down as the plot unravels. A great part of the story explains time travel and the possibility of such phenomenon. In view of that, words such as wormhole, time portal, and time-space-continuum are mentioned and so are Einstein-Rosen Bridge and Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

The author does a great job in presenting the plot in installment of surprises. It makes the story suspenseful though not in a thrilling but rather in an intriguing kind of way. Settings and events are described in details and characters are easily distinguished from one another. Among the characters, I like Jack the most. He has the ability to make light of whatever situation they are in.

While the most important part of the book, for me, is the question regarding the appropriateness of using knowledge of the future for personal benefit no matter how necessary, the part I like most is the explanation of the ‘slit in the fabric of time.’ I find it convincing.

Admittedly, I enjoyed this book a lot. However, other readers may find the alternating perspectives confusing. Moreover, I find some inconsistencies in the story and the ending a little anticlimactic. Finally, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book which are mostly typo errors.

I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is very interesting and I recommend it to science fiction fans especially those who enjoy time travel stories.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 23 Sep 2018, 01:10

Time travel can go horribly wrong in the hands of an amateur writer. Fortunately, this book seems to be the opposite. From your review, it seems that the book has an engaging plot. Pity it has inconsistencies in the plot along with errors. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 23 Sep 2018, 07:12

I am reminded of Back to the Future with Marty and Dr. Brown. But this book has no time machine; a grate portal serves as the gateway to the past. I wonder if the visitors from the future will stop 9/11.

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Post by Georgia Lyonhyde » 24 Sep 2018, 12:14

I absolutely love the sound of this book. I like how the writer has sent the characters back to different times but with the same warnings to offer. I'm curious to see how they get back and what has altered as a result.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 25 Sep 2018, 00:06

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
23 Sep 2018, 01:10
Time travel can go horribly wrong in the hands of an amateur writer. Fortunately, this book seems to be the opposite. From your review, it seems that the book has an engaging plot. Pity it has inconsistencies in the plot along with errors. Thanks for the review!
You're welcome. It's an enjoyable book despite the flaws.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 25 Sep 2018, 00:10

Miriam Molina wrote:
23 Sep 2018, 07:12
I am reminded of Back to the Future with Marty and Dr. Brown. But this book has no time machine; a grate portal serves as the gateway to the past. I wonder if the visitors from the future will stop 9/11.
The absence of time machine makes the story more convincing, for me :)

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 25 Sep 2018, 00:11

Georgia Lyonhyde wrote:
24 Sep 2018, 12:14
I absolutely love the sound of this book. I like how the writer has sent the characters back to different times but with the same warnings to offer. I'm curious to see how they get back and what has altered as a result.
Thank you for your comment. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 25 Sep 2018, 16:35

The storyline is intriguing and the author seems to be capable of keeping the reader in a constant state of curiosity. Absence of time machines and time traveling of unsuspecting citizens who went about their mundane tasks make me interested in reading this book. I'm sure all who have an interest in time traveling will find this book to their liking.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 25 Sep 2018, 21:37

Hiruni Bhagya 81 wrote:
25 Sep 2018, 16:35
The storyline is intriguing and the author seems to be capable of keeping the reader in a constant state of curiosity. Absence of time machines and time traveling of unsuspecting citizens who went about their mundane tasks make me interested in reading this book. I'm sure all who have an interest in time traveling will find this book to their liking.
So true. The idea of a 'slit in the fabric of time' is really intriguing. It means it can happen to anybody at the right place at the right time.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 28 Sep 2018, 00:08

I like time travel books and I'm interested in reading this one. I love the plot. Thank you for the review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 28 Sep 2018, 01:45

LaurenHaupt wrote:
28 Sep 2018, 00:08
I like time travel books and I'm interested in reading this one. I love the plot. Thank you for the review!
You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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