Brett Battles seems to enjoy writing Thrillers, no matter the subgenre. In his latest standalone thriller, Rewinder, Battles gives time travel a go wi..Show More »th solid results. Rewinder reads like a cross between Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories, and Steven Jay Gould's Jumper series. It's not a particularly groundbreaking entry into the fray of time travel adventure, in fact, if anything, Battles quickly infuses the story with the feel of a pair of comfortable jeans. Instead of trying to create some clever new way to spin the genre, he puts his own spin onto time honored tropes. Like Jumper, Rewinder can work equally well as a Young Adult or Adult novel. While Battles main character Denny Younger is, well, younger, he doesn't instantly fall into the character trapping of many young adult protagonist. Battles offers some interesting sociological insights, yet does it as a plot point, where his goal isn't social commentary but just telling a damn good story. Battles creates a fast paced, exciting tale, with plenty of twists, that fans of old school time travel adventure novels will find perfect for an afternoon reading.
Narrating is more than just having a pleasant voice, and the ability to do character voices. A good narrator finds the right feel for a novel, and pushes the narrative in the right direction. Vikas Adams gives a strong textured performance, with a crisp reading that gives homage to the pulp nature of the tale. I have always admired Adams ability to handle both adult and children characters smoothly, something that isn't really easy to do. I like that Adams gave Denny a youthful feel, yet still acknowledged that he was an adult doing an adult job. He captures the right blend of coming of age naivete, with a hardened edge of young man who grew up in the fringes of his society. Rewinder isn't going to blow your mind, or have you rethink everything you knew about time travel, instead it will give you 8 hours of solid entertainment.
Brett Battles is one of my favorite authors of thriller series with Jonathan Quinn, Project Eden, and Logan Harper. The Rewinder series he has moved ..Show More »into contemporary science fiction. There is a device called a chaser that allows trained people like the protagonist Denny Younger to go to time and places in the past, but not into the future. He and his family and friends are at risk of death when his opponent Lydia steals his chaser device.
The seven book Project Eden series has some aspects of science fiction, but nothing as radical as time travel. The Rewinder and Project Eden series are also similar is that both are serialized. In any case I hope that Battles continues to add to the Jonathan Quinn series.
The Rewinder series, like any serialized series, must be read in order.
I have heard Vikas Adam narrate science fiction books in the past. He does a great job.