Eddie Royce is an up-and-coming science fiction writer with a terrible secret: he cheats.
He knew he'd get caught, of course. Eventually. But not like this. When disaster finally strikes, it strikes big, and Eddie is confronted by the worst person imaginable: his idol, the SF master, Chester Blackwood. To Eddie's great surprise, however, Blackwood has secrets of his own, and instead of outing him, the master storyteller quickly embroils Eddie in a real-life mystery of time travel, beautiful women, and Hollywood gangsters. But then Blackwood disappears, so if Eddie wants to keep both the fame and the girl, he's going to have to do the one thing he's never been able to get right before: plot his way out of a crisis.
And the stakes if he fails? The very future of science fiction itself.
©2012 Richard Levesque (P)2015 Richard Levesque
I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
Great story of traveling through time and stealing from the future! A bit of a live story too in the end. Excellent story and narration. This is my first book from this author and narrator. Definitely won't be my last. The story was great and the narrator kept me on the edge of my seat!
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This was a wonderful story!It was SO original and a great read.Narrated brilliantly by Steven Jay Cohen,we are lead on an amazing trip thru the years from the 1930's on.Somehow imagining that someone has gone to the future and then returned to the past to use his own name on future best selling books does not seem so far fetched.It's a wild ride and I enjoyed it to the end.
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I love this book! Keeps you wanting to listen and not put it down.
Time Travelers Wife. This book was better than Time Travelers wife because there is a bit of a thriller added to it.
Roxanne, slightly tough, yet with a gentle side and kitten side.
This book is intense enough that I did not want to put it down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
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While not quite there, this book was pushing its way towards a 4.5 or 5, thus the "5 star" overall.
Richard Levesque clearly loves sci-fi and 1930's/40's noir. This is the second book I have read of his, both being a mix of the genres yet both in different ways. Forget Victorian era steampunk, I really like the idea of noir sci-fi.
The first Levesque, Strictly Analogue, was a noir detective novel set in a Big Data future this book is set in the 1930's and deals more with Science Fiction authors and book than actually being sci-fi itself (although there is some good ol' sci-fi in this book too).
The story follows Eddie Royce, a sci-fi lover and wannabe author, as he tries to break into the market. After cheating his way into selling a few stories - by ripping off Shakespeare - he meets his idol, a world famous sci-fi writer Chester Blackwood. Unknown to him Blackwood has also been cheating with his story writing. Just his cheating is a little more impressive and dangerous - it involves time travel. Brought into Blackwood's secret Eddie has to deal with mobsters, blackmail and a beautiful girl, all while trying to start his publishing career.
The book is well written and enjoyable. Built into it is knowledge of classic sci-fi – from Burroughs to Asimov to Heinlein. It plays with some of those authors works, showing a few small nods and winks at them. Even the cover art is cleverly done to mimic the sort of works contained in the story.
Cohen does good work with the narration. Easy and enjoyable to listen to. Distinct characters and narration, clearly conveying the feelings and atmosphere. The only complaint I really have against him is that I feel he is a little slower in reading than most other narrators, but this is in no way a big issue.
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Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
A well written mystery science fiction time travel book in a pulp/noir style. Well developed characters keep the storyline moving along quickly.
Nothing bogs down the storyline, and this book is an overall fun listen. It is nice to see someone writing fun science fiction and not getting wrapped up in moralistic posturing, politically correct rambling or tedious detail.
I kept expecting Asimov, Heinlein or Bradbury to wander into the next scene and take a seat next to Philip Marlowe in a smoky bar.
The time travel premise is a bit shaky, but suspend disbelief and go along for the ride.
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I enjoyed listening this book. It has time travel, a crime-novel feel, and mix of characters. The noir atmosphere worked, but the opportunities of time travel and the constraints of mid-20th century crime novel feel mismatched at times. In effect, the possibilities are greater than the genre can encompass. It was a good audiobook
The new plot device that made time travel possible. I'm not going to give it away but I will say that it's refreshing to see a time travel story where a machine was not built to make it work. The descriptions of the time travel were also fascinating. Kept me hooked.
His special brand of storytelling. I honestly can't imagine anyone else narrating this title. He gives a calm, deliberate pacing which allows the story to unfold, rather than dress it up with exaggerations. He made the characters come alive. This is one book I will definitely revisit.
Yes, when Chester Blackwood confronts Royce about his plagiarism. The tension was palpable but, over the course of their conversations, you can't help but believe in Blackwood's tall tales.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
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