Travel to the future - it will cost you only everyone you love.
Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.
W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.
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The story is so well crafted and makes you think what the future could be. Will technology save us or doom us? The author ponders this in this book & not really what you might think. Really liked the book for how it builds the story line.
What can I say? This book was extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and RELENTLESSLY depressing. I can hardly fault the author for weaving a tale that so effectively tugged at the heart strings, but had I realized the emotional weight of this book before purchasing, I would've passed on it. That being said, if you enjoy (or can get past) a heavy sprinkling of gloom in your reading, everything else about the book is fantastic! A terrifying and absolutely plausible glimpse into our near future.
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
With Syncing Forward, W. Lawrence delivers the kind of story that sucks you in deep from the very beginning and holds you there until the very end (sort of like "freezing" you in time). Main character Martin James gives us a first person look at his experience. He introduces himself as an adult professional in a rather immediate future (2019, I think) , which only adds credibility to this very plausible—or at least believable—tale. The yarn weaves through complicated work and family scenarios, both of which add layers of pure adrenaline, food for thought, a bit of action and, for me, a little wishful thinking (think “Youth Freeze Sans Injections”). The story does a terrific job of spelling out the toils and tough tradeoffs “time-freeze” presents for Martin, his family, his employer, and the Government. I particularly enjoyed the realistic reaction of Martin’s wife and the relationship between his daughters. Syncing Forward is as enriching (corporate internal investigation procedural; pharmaceutical supply chain; technology; prescription drugs; etc.), as it is entertaining.
Narrator Will Damron nailed this performance (I had to do a double take on his name!). His pitch, pace, and perfection in distinctly depicting Syncing Forward personalities are all winners. I will search for more of his work sure.
Definitely two thumbs up for this one!
The entire concept, the paradoxes that existed, the situation the principle character found himself in, are all original and thoughtful.
The progress of the characters as time moves forward. Fascinating study in aging, family relationships, and a whole litany of other challenges. Totally original.
I honestly can't recall any particular ones, but he nails this one. Outstanding work!
Is Time Real?
I obtained this book in exchange for a fair and independent review from Audioblast. I was planning on downloading it directly from Audible anyway, so perfect timing!
This is such an original offering that admittedly starts slowly but builds towards a powerful conclusion, with many concepts exposed throughout.
Absolutely worth the credit and highly recommended.
It's rare for me to sit down and want to listen to an audiobook straight through. I usually listen to a chapter at a time as I'm going to and from work. But with Syncing Forward I got hooked right away and just went chapter after chapter.
The author did a fantastic job with the story and Will Damron's performance was moving. It was hard not to tear-up as Martin went through losing so much.
The ending part of the story felt a bit clunky as the big bad was never really developed much in the preceding chapters. Some parts felt a bit rushed and others telegraphed out a bit too much. But its a small issue in an otherwise excellent story.
Really hope to hear/read more from W. Lawrence.
Sad at times but interesting, worth the listen... kept me listening. would listen to a follow up book.
An original take on time travel. It does tend to be a bit repetitive as the story continues. The ending was predictable and a little disappointing. That being said, if there's to be a sequel, I'm in.
If you like great science fiction you need to listen to this book! The characters are so well developed and the story is enthralling and surprising at every turn, and the author even managed to make it touching. The performance is excellent as well.
Great book. Without reading, I thought it was going to be a time travel book.....but that's not exactly it. still, it was a great book.
This is was nothing like I expected, the description just scratches the surface, it is so so much more.
Don't expect Classic sci fi or every day time travel, this is a completely new twist . Its a must read, it makes you feel uncomfortable as you realise the implications of circumstances the characters find themselves in.
This is going to be be a best seller/classic read and is difficult to describe without removing the surprise.
So if your adventurous go for it, I don't think you will regret it.
"Good concept but unremittingly bleak"
I was interested in the ideas and characters in this book but found that I was worn down by the constant barrage of bad news and misfortune for the characters. There was never any hope or redemption. Hard to listen to.
I am astounded not to have heard about this and simply stumbled across it!!! I can imagine it as a film, would have to be a three hour film though...The story of a man who after being injected by terrorists, has to be 'synced' every few months or years just to spend a little time with family as he slows down to the extent where for him four years is one day (as in fours years only feels like one day for him - everyone else seems to speed up). His metabolism is so slow that he isn't aging so he goes through the agony of seeing his family die, then grandchildren and eventually he's 100 years into the future. Such a clever premise, brilliantly written and perfectly executed by the narrator.I found the gradual jumps forwards fascinating as they seemed to depict a possible future based on the way the world seems to be moving politically, technologically etc Can't recommend this enough.
Just my type of story - fascinating to see a possible future unfolding in such a way
"Timetravel with a difference"
As a time travel fan I loved this book from start to finish, not exactly time travel but probably as near as we will ever get. well worth a read.
"Very good, different take on time travel"
I really enjoyed this book, it is a poignant, humanised sci-fi time travel tale. It is more focussed on the humanity in of such a thing than being flashy or too bogged down in detail. At its core is a believable balanced human being, and you feel every up.and down he experiences. I would recommend this to non sci-fi fans also.
"good well performed sci-fi book."
I enjoyed the book. While the story line is original and the book enjoyable. The book fails to impress at time and decent in repetitive descriptions of events.
"brilliant absolutely brilliant. "
brilliant story that just kept giving. well done Mr Lawrence. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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