Tom Mandel's got 24 hours to catch his wife's killer, stop a war, and save the world...again.
Former time vice detective Tom Mandel lost his wife after failing to stop Malcolm Wolfe from pulling off the biggest time heist in Unity history. Nine years later, with less than a day remaining on his government-allotted Life Tracker, Tom's ready to join her.
But when his former partner, Alaina Raines, brings word that Wolfe has escaped prison and is gearing up for another heist, Tom must decide: spend his last hours on Earth in a drug-induced haze or return to the life he left behind to catch the man who broke him.
For Tom, it's not about justice anymore. Only vengeance. Now all he's got to do is catch Malcolm before the numbers catch him
Are you ready to join Tom on his quest to find his wife's killer?
Buy Time Heist today to start a thrilling adventure that'll have you on the edge of your seat until the very last second!
Time Heist is the first book in The Firstborn Saga, featuring fast-paced action, thrilling suspense, and complex characters. If you like Jim Butcher, William Gibson, and Chuck Wendig, then you'll love this captivating postapocalyptic adventure.
©2014 Anthony Vicino (P)2015 Anthony Vicino
I gave this four out of five stars for the break neck pace of an action movie, the beautiful language of a beloved classic, and the vivid imagery I wish existed in more contemporary works of this genre.
What I liked:
1) The characters, each one was full of hidden surprises that were just as intriguing as the plot of the book. In the beginning most are sketched together and appear very typical to the crime-thriller genre, they evolve and transform which made them fresh and added depth to the novel.
2) The Futuristic world, in my opinion is one of the stand out features of the book. I like being taken to new places that are strange and different, and Vicino took me somewhere new with gusto. Nano technology that does everything from brushing teeth to fixing a broken leg, flying cars, hologram clothing, and air transport that works off of a real scientific theory.
3) The plot, there are a lot of moving parts in it. Some of the early scenario’s seemed to bump against my suspended disbelief, but somehow the protagonists impending death made it work. I like the role of time in the plot, and how as time wore out it became more important.
I really enjoyed this book.The author is incredibly talented at world building and creating well developed characters.This story is unique and intriguing.The narrator did a wonderful job portraying the characters and has a pleasant voice.I highly recommend this book to any fan of the sci-fi genre.I purchased the e-book,but I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
Time Heist is an excellent example of how you can have a good old fashioned mystery story and high science fiction complementing each other. This is a story where both the mystery and the science fiction are necessary components to the plot and complement each other to build a suspenseful atmosphere where I was dying to know what happened next. Too many times, I have read sci-fi that was really a story where the author added the obligatory spaceship, an alien race or two, and said the year was 400 yrs in the future and, voila, we get the label of “Sci-fi”. That is definitely not the case here. I would compare Time Heist with the Altered Carbon series by Richard K Morgan or Leviathan Wakes by James Corey, two VERY good science fiction series.
The future envisioned by Mr Vicino in Time Heist is very well thought out and detailed. He definitely has a detailed vision of the future and did an outstanding job of building an atmospheric story. I found myself wanting to know the details of how society got to the very plausible situation that we find ourselves in as the story begins. This isn’t a knock on the plot or a comment on a lack of necessary details in the story, rather it is a complement to the author that I was fascinated by the world he had built and wanted to explore it further. Having said that, if the author had inserted the details I wanted, I would probably be saying he slowed the plot pacing unnecessarily with useless details… damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
The mystery part of the equation was also excellent. You have a flawed, fallen-from-grace, former detective who is given a second chance at revenge. You have a vengeful, intelligent, seemingly all-powerful villain who is easy to hate. You have conspiracies and puppeteers pulling unseen strings. I finished the story in one day, finding myself putting off other things (Life) so I could continue listening.
The performance by the narrator was excellent. I haven’t heard a narration by Adam Verner before but the man has talent! He particularly grabbed my interest from the first minute, portraying the hopelessness, despair, and world-weariness of the protagonist with a gravitas that was admirable. The audio production was flawless and, overall, the audio experience was a joy to listen to.
Bottom Line: Time Heist is an excellent choice to satisfy your science fiction itch. It really excelled in world-building and was intricate and detailed in its execution. This is the first of a series and you will be ‘jonesing’ for the next in the series (like me). The ending was well executed and sinks the hook deeply for anticipation of the second novel.
Story (plot) :5
Production Quality. :4
Attention Holding. :5
I received a free copy of Time Heist in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Well plotted and fast paced, with excellent imagery enabling the reader to acclimate to futuristic environment. The characters draw you in, and the cops/suspense aspects are very easily adapted to this setting. The plot twists are sharp and work very well. Looking to get more by this author as audios become available.
The narrator was a good fit for this book, and it was easy to sense that he was fully engaged in the project. It was helpful that his voice and pacing, as well as character interpretation were very good.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of LibraryThing.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
Excellent Book! Highly Recommended! Can't Wait for the Sequel!
Set several hundred years in the future, mankind had a war and tried to annihilate themselves and failed. Out of this war comes a one world government known as Unity. It has been determined that the world can only safely sustain a human population of 7 billion without depleting all resources and destroying every living thing on the planet. To that end, each person is given a maximum lifespan of 70 years. When that time expires you simply die. At birth each person receives a counter on their arm that shows how much time they have left, assuming that they are not killed by some accident, murder or drug abuse (which makes their time go faster hence shortening the lifespan).
Tom has only a few hours left on his time clock which he plans to use sulking and drinking at the Peregrine, a bar in the Lowers where he has been living since retiring as a time cop several years before. However, when his old nemesis, Malcolm Wolfe, escapes from prison where he has been sentenced to life without parole for killing one million Intuits (Humans who can manipulate the time stream) he is thrust into one more mission to try and recapture him before he kills again.
Anthony Vicino has a potential bestseller on his hands with Time Heist, and Adam Lerner does a masterful job at narrating this Sci-Fi Suspense Drama. I highly recommend both the book and the audio book for fans of urban sci-fi and cyberpunk.
I won a free copy, not sure if I am expected to review, but I want to. I enjoyed listening to this book.
It is set in the future. The human race can upgrade itself with various nanobots to increase strength or gain new abilities. The Stream, similar to the Internet, is accessible right from your mind. There are those that can manipulate the stream at a much greater ability than the rest of "us". One fallback in the future is your time is limited and is displayed on your arm. Our main character, Tom, only has hours left. That's where we meet our nemesis, the man who killed Tom's wife.
The book is fast paced with a lot of action. The characters and world were developed well. I was looking forward to coming back to hear more of the story each time I had to turn it off. I look forward to more in the series (since this says "Book 1").
The narrator was very good. I thought he voiced all the characters well.
Brian's Book Blog
Find his wife's killer. Stop a war. Save the world...Again. Former Time Vice Detective Tom Mandel lost his wife after failing to stop Malcolm Wolfe from pulling off the biggest time heist in Unity history. Nine years later, with less than a day remaining on his government allotted Life Tracker, Tom's ready to join her.
Adam Verner kills it as always. He is definitely a great pick when you have a futuristic or technothriller. He just has this way of becoming characters in such a believable way that it makes the story better. And, as always Verner's quality both voice and recording were perfect with no issues at all.
I seriously cannot be the only who draws severe parallels to the intro of the movie In Time (one of my favorites). The opening scene, the bar, the "fight", the "clock" on their arm -- seriously I had to look it up to see if some of the movie was based on this novel (it's not from what I could tell). I found myself having a hard time getting into it because it felt so unoriginal in the intro.
With that being said, after the intro, the book does start to differ itself from where I thought it would go based off of my parallels to In Time. Vicino can definitely write action, there is no doubt in my mind with that. Time Heist is definitely a "bang, bang, bang" novel with little-to-no time to breathe in between. The action is really the driving force, even more so than the actual characters within.
I think without having seen the movie and drawing so many parallels I would have absolutely loved this, but it was really difficult for me to pick up and start. Once I got through the almost copyright-worthy ripoffs I really did enjoy the story. Vicino has a wonderfully quick way of writing believable dialogue, action, and plot twists that leave the reader begging for more.
This has been one of the harder books I've had to review. Because I did really like it -- it was just difficult for me to differentiate some of the storyline from another story.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion
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Real rating = 3.5*
I think this may have been I book I should have read rather than listened to. I got confused more than once about what was going on. Maybe if the story had been more linear, rather than starting in the middle.
I really liked the characters and the world they inhabit (well, like is a relative term). Tom was someone I felt I could root for despite his hopeless drug addicted state at the start. The more secrets that were revealed, the more I felt for him. I also like Alaina. She was a woman who made the best lemonade she could (with the lemons life had handed her).
The world felt complex and deep, with interesting technology.
Unfortunately, I still felt more than a bit lost at the end and the epilogue confused me more.
SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of The Firstborn Saga. According to the author, “There will be another two full length novels (Mind Breach and Name Still To Be Determined) along with two companion novellas (Infinity Lost and Hero's Rise) which slot between the primary trilogy like a book 1.5 and book 2.5 if that makes sense. The rest of the series will be out later this year in print/ebook”
NARRATION: Smooth, emotive, good character distinction, enhanced the experience / Slow (had to bump it up to 1.5)
REMINDED ME OF: The Fifth Element / Minority Report / Total Recall
FAVORITE PART: I really liked the chapter titles
I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: Swearing (inc multiple F words)
I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com
Tom Mandel was once a well-respected Time Vice cop. Now he is counting down the last day of his government allotted time, drowning his sorrows and regrets in the lower slums of a polluted world. Tom doesn’t particular care that he is going to die since it will allow him to exit his drug hazed life and join his wife, Diana, in death. He even trades his most valuable possession, a key that connects him to Diana, in exchange for not being given more time to work off a debt.
At least Tom didn’t care about dying until his old partner and friend, Alaina Raines, wakes him from a stupor to tell him that Malcolm Wolfe has escaped prison. Malcolm is the man who murdered Tom’s wife, along with millions of other innocent people. In spite of his degraded condition, Tom will use his last breath to try to stop Malcolm from killing the rest of humanity.
Tom and Alaina set off to investigate, barging in on the prison warden to learn how the escape happened. They soon learn that a highly influential Unity leader facilitated the escape. Now Tom and Alaina are dodging the authorities, even as they brazenly confront the Unity council. Tom and Alaina face certain death until they are surprisingly helped by a super talented fighting girl and an old man. As Tom learns more about a rebellion conspiracy, he begins to learn secrets about his own past. He knew he had lost memories, stolen by Malcolm, but he had no idea the extent of his loss or the part he was designed to play in the rebellion.
This story is full of futuristic themes of life controls and high tech technology that includes nanites of all sorts: healing, weapon, protective and killing nanites. There are creative vehicles, creative clothing and of course creative weapons. The story twists and turns with secrets while Tom suffers one pummeling after another. (Really? How many beatings can one guy survive? I guess as many as are offered until your time clock punches out.) There are also the age old themes of power, political and financial greed.
The primary characters are intense and strongly flawed. The addiction aspects are interesting even as they are repellent. I enjoyed the rather resigned, bit dark, tone of the story told from Tom’s first person point of view.
This is a story that bears re-reading (or re-listening) as the reader untangles the twists to a bit of a surprise ending. I think it would make a good movie; one you would watch several times to make sure you get all the hints and keep track of the political intrigue and the players. It is a story about time but not time travel as I initially thought. I recommend this to readers who enjoy strong futuristic intrigue and action.
Audio Notes: Adam Verner does a grand job with the narration. He captures the mix of laconic, dark, intense and determined moods of Tom. Verner also provided suitable voices for the other characters, including an appropriate creepy and sinister tone for Malcolm. The audio enhanced my enjoyment of the book and I would like to hear other novels narrated by Verner.
I received this audiobook from the author for an honest review.
"Slightly Confusing but Interesting"
Not the best, not the worst
I really enjoyed the ideas and descriptions of future tech! Some really great ideas; nanotech, intuits, maybe someday they'll be real!
I also enjoyed the incorporation of Adam and Eve.
The title names were good too :D.
Some parts were a little confusing and the story does jump about a bit, however the fact I often listen to audiobooks before bed may be a factor!
Will need to re-listen and check what I missed and look forward to doing so.
The story had twists and interesting ideas and development although it also was reminiscent of some other science fiction titles; in time especially, the fifth element, for me maybe even some correlation to mass effect :o etc.
Great narration and voice acting!
Really good at all the characters.
Interested to hear the next in the series!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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