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The Didymus Contingency | [Jeremy Robinson]

The Didymus Contingency

If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.
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Publisher's Summary

If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go?

When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game where they are tempted by evil characters, betrayed by friends, pursued by an assassin from the future, and haunted by a demon that cannot be killed.

About the author: Jeremy Robinson is the author of 11 novels including Pulse, Instinct, and Threshold, the first three books in his exciting Jack Sigler thriller series. His novels have been translated into nine languages. He is the director of New Hampshire AuthorFest, a non-profit organization promoting literacy in New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife and three children.

©2011 Jeremy Robinson (P)2012 Jeremy Robinson

What the Critics Say

"What surprised me, with [Robinson's] take on the possibility of two 21st century men meeting Jesus, was the utter lack of predictability.... He offers a new perspective on ripping apart the time-space continuum I am shocked no one has ever considered before now." (Round Table Reviews)

"[A] thrilling and fast-paced 'what if?' scenario." (MidWest Book Review)

"[A] rollicking adventure.... The story opens explosively and is laced with suspense and humor. Robinson writes quite well and is an up-and-coming author to watch...we'll hear, read, and see a great deal more from him in the future." (Christian Book Previews)

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    Suzanne 02-21-15
    Suzanne 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great romp through time"

    I really enjoyed this book, and I wasn't sure that I would. First, it is so completely different from the Chess Team books, and his other action/adventure novels. Second, although a Christian, I avoid Christian fiction like the plague. I don't like being preached to, and usually the stories are sappy and self righteous.

    Instead this was a terrific story, lots of action/adventure in it, and the least sanctimonious, most human Jesus I've ever seen. Full of humor and lots of twists and turns, I had no idea where it would come out in the end. Was Jesus the son of God, or not?

    I won't spoil the story, suffice to say it was a great romp through time. I didn't want it to end, but there really is no way there could be a sequel. The story was well thought out, well written, and clearly said everything the author wanted to say on the subject. Not only that, he said it well.

    The one concern I had, was how he would handle the crucifixion and the lead up to it. I had no need to worry. Robinson did not dwell on that horror, and essentially chose to pass the trial and the execution by. I was very grateful for that.

    So, I would highly recommend this book, regardless of your religious affiliation. It's a just plain terrific story, done well, very funny in places, and overall, highly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle A. King 01-28-15
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    "Didymus review"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration was superb! It made the whole story come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story was totally compelling, but I think the betrayal of "Legion" was beyond compare.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story certainly made me laugh and cry many times. The writing was superb!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Huntingdon Valley , PA, USA 11-15-14
    Warren Huntingdon Valley , PA, USA 11-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Listed under wrong genre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is listed as a suspense/thriller/mystery type book; the genre I like to download. In reality it is mislabeled and should be listed as Christian interest. That doesn't make it bad, it's just not what I expected or wanted to download. Sure, there are some aspects of mystery/suspense with the time travel aspect but the core of this book is about converting an non-believer into a disciple of Jesus.


    Has The Didymus Contingency turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will just have to be more careful reading reviews and not just counting on Audible's classification.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Overall, I felt his performance was good. I did have one issue however...his "Israeli" accent, used for the two main characters sounds more like a Boris Badenov style Russian accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Didymus Contingency?

    In one of the final chapters, it is mentioned that "Jake could care less". WHOA, the proper term should have been "Jake couldn't care less". This is a common phrase that is misused in modern speaking but there is no excuse for an author or editor to mistakenly apply it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that I frequently felt like yelling at while listening. There were many inconsistencies and plot twists that left me fuming. At one point David is described as remembering how, as a child, going to sleep before Hanukah so that the holiday would come more quickly in the morning...Only one small problem with that; Jewish holidays all start at night! There is no explanation as to how David went from growing up Jewish to becoming Messianic, or how Tom, supposedly raised as an Israeli Jew would marry a devout Christian missionary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Jewson 09-24-14
    R. Jewson 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love religion and hate science buy it!"

    First off the positives. Bray does a really solid job of narration and the prose is passable. Unfortunately that's about all the good things I can muster. When you write a time travel book you probably should have a few basics laid out in terms of loopholes. Why would you go chasing someone through time, taking a rough stab at where they went when you can stop them at the exact point (which you know the precise time and location) before they go back in the first place??!?!

    As for the rest of the book, if you believe in the bible verbatim you will probably love this book. The interaction of the characters with Jesus is actually pretty good and if you wish to see an unbeliever slowly have his "dis-beliefs" peeled away and the power of Jesus/God confirmed you again will probably have a grand old time.

    On the other hand if you were expecting a well-written, logical romp through time you'll be sadly disappointed. The scientist who doesn't believe not only has a complete lack of the most basic knowledge of the bible (despite having been married to a Christian missionary, being born in Israel and working with someone who talks about his beliefs non-stop) but seems unable to hold the basic of theological arguments despite planning for days coming up with a question to fox jesus. The story itself is of a pretty basic grade school level and lacks suspense or anything resembling the most of character development or motivation.

    Bought this on sale at audible and regret every penny, wouldn't get it with prior knowledge if it was free. Not sure how anyone could give this more than a couple of stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 09-04-14
    Kristi Winder, GA, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Tiresome Christian Apology"

    So, this is basically the story of Jesus from the last three years of his ministry to just after the crucifixion. It throws in time travel as a twist on that story, but that's not enough to save it. If you want that story, get it from the Bible, where it's told a whole lot better. This story is predictable, the characters are flat, and the token atheist a very poor example of the breed thrown up as a straw man to be shot down without the trouble of any real thought or examination of the issues.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 09-02-14
    Susan United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "You will remember this story for a long time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have been recommending this book. It is a thought provoking book you will recall for a long time.


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    Kiki Delahaut 08-12-14
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    "Plodding and unbelievable"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was almost enjoyable. A mix of science fiction (involving time travel) and Christian evangelism, it had elements of intrigue and suspense that kept me going for awhile, even when the writing was plodding. However, the reader must increasingly continue to suspend belief to a point that I simply couldn't finish the story. Serious scenes that were meant to inspire were starting to make me laugh out loud. Incredible coincidences began to pile up. This might be a good choice for a Christian looking for something very different in the evangelism line, but not cerebral.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 08-11-14
    Melissa 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read; unusual ideas for story & time travel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was different; well explained; well thought-out; and very interesting. Even after finishing the book it kept me thinking.


    What other book might you compare The Didymus Contingency to and why?

    None. Never read anything like it before.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    David.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The connections to religion in it were kept accurate and well-portrayed. I don't normally care for religious fiction but this was definitely worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Freeman 08-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun take on the Jesus story."
    What did you love best about The Didymus Contingency?

    Interesting angle for the retelling of the Jesus story. The time travel makes it fresh to our current take on history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Didymus Contingency?

    The death of Jesus was memorable.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first. Not bad.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoyed the take on history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Yogi 08-05-14
    Happy Yogi 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great idea for a story."
    If you could sum up The Didymus Contingency in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, exciting, challenging.


    What other book might you compare The Didymus Contingency to and why?

    The door into summer by Robert Heinlein. Although Heinlein's book didn't deal with the spiritual side of things, it did talk to the concept of a paradox due to time travel. I have always found the concept of time travel intriguing. Timeline is another one that I liked.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    The performance was great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Have watch will travel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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