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Will physicist Martin Riley get the rewards he feels he deserves? He's discovered a way to receive news stories from two weeks in the future but the Government has cloaked the technology in secrecy. Riley sees the danger in altering the Timestream but despite his warnings, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic make radical alterations to political events. The first temporal alteration saves Princess Diana, the next saves the Twin Towers, but ripples travel far ahead and disturb Earth's future civilisation. The Timestream must be realigned, but at what cost?

©2017 Roger Ley (P)2020 Roger Ley

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Kept me engaged in the mystery the whole time!

As someone very interested in these fringe topics, I always enjoy hearing about the details of things like time travel or futuristic tech, but what a refreshing read this book is when it comes to the relationship development and human issues covered throughout the book.

Had me wanting to hear more and see where things went throughout the entire story and the audio book is read so well by Craig Bowles!

A real pleasure to read/listen to!

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Fun short novel

For those of us who grew up on the butterfly effect this novel is based on the same concept. However instead of effecting one persons life. Effect everyone in the world.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lately sci-fi has become nothing other than an interesting premise that is never developed, and the whole story consists of a few people running from some group. They are chased from place to place to place...and then it's over. This is something refreshing. If you enjoy alternate universes, time travel, mysterious future beings and their technology...I can only recommend this book.

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From the Micro to the Macro to the .. meta

Chronoscape surprised me a few times in what it was and the twists it took - and yet it all felt like a natural progression of the story arch, occasionally mentioned/introduced carefully in the previous sections.

It all starts with betting tips. Dr. Martin Riley receives messages from the future, Temporal Messages as they call it later, with betting tips. It also starts with just that personal impact of receiving these messages - are they spam? Should they give it a try? What if it works? and then evolves into something bigger. Could this be an actual scientific research project? How would they get funding?
What seems like an amazing scientific project at first though, quickly gets wrapped up in politics and that's where we start to move into the bigger picture. If you know a certain event is going to happen - should you try and change it? What is the deciding factor for when to step in and issue a veiled warning - and when not? And how does it feel when all these people around you get promotions etc. for something that you invented - but don't get much or any credit for?

Without spoiling too much, it then goes even further and farther into the future (and then back again) - who cleans up the chaos that you caused by messing with the timestream?

The title is very well written - it flows well and is easy to follow along. Plus you can totally imagine how these political games are happening; it all rings so true.

Craig Bowles did a great job with the narration :) definitely recommend listening to.

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Excellent story

I love when an author is able to surprise me. The conspet of the book is unique and the suspense enthralling.

Excellently narrated.

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Very Interesting Book

I will be very honest, this is not my usual genre. I am a mystery/suspense or historical fiction(not romance) reader. I LOVED this book. I got it on both audio and Kindle and was able to use whispersync to switch between the two and I plowed through this book quickly. I have always been a bit intrigued by time travel books, but much of the time, they fall short in many ways. This book was excellent. Yes, there was time travel, but it was in a way that I have never encountered before. I would definitely recommend this book. The narrator was very good, too.

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the narrator is too soft, bad recording.

struggled to begin because with the volume all the way up, I could not hear the narrator, least of all the story. What little I could hear of the story had great potential. recommend to the powers that be, to re record and then re submit to the audible library.

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  • 06-18-21

Amazing Listening

I really liked this book. It has some great characters, mainly Martin Reilly who I know from a couple of Roger's other books. The book starts off in the U.K in the 90's then moves to the U.S. in the 2000's, and then goes into time streaming. Recommended to all, also Craig Bowles is great at narrating... I received this audiobook for free in the authors promotion, and this is my voluntary review.

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Interesting

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Fun take on time travel

I enjoyed this book. This was an interesting take on some of the tropes of time travel. Cause and effect entangle when you send messages back to yourself, but the bureaucrats get involved and turn the tech into something it was never meant to be. I would have liked it to be longer to make it feel a bit less rushed.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 08-21-20

Wow - fasten your seat belts!

In fact, forget fastening your seat belt, you may need restraints, and a straitjacket and someone to pinch you when you've finished to ensure you're real, and half an hour with Sky News, and a cup of tea, and a chocolate hob-nob. It will take you some time to drink your tea and eat your hob-nob, as I finished Chronoscape over an hour ago and my head is still spinning through a full 360 degrees, although not quite as fast as it was and so far I've managed a small bite of biscuit as well as poking myself in the eye and smearing chocolate down my cheek. This time travelling adventure is so different from standard time travelling fare. Mr Ley has brilliantly applied his theory to events that are really close to our hearts so you feel totally invested in the outcome. I was enthralled within the first 15 minutes and then just did not want this story to end. Graig Bowles turns in an Oscar winning performance, as we've come to expect from this classy narrator. If you don't like fiction, SciFi, time travel, science - then this is the book for you because you don't need any interest in any of those things for Chronoscape to grab you in a bear hug and hold you tight. And as for the final twist - Mr Ley - you are wicked! I swallowed 3 flies, a moth and a spider my mouth was agape for so long - then panicked at the thought of the flies and what they might be doing. Do yourself a favour and listen to Chronoscape today, or 10 years ago because you can always thank me later, or before, or in 1990!

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  • John Marsden
  • 11-13-20

Really good read!

This is a superb book, i'm not generally a sci-fi fan but you don't need to be to enjoy this book. The story is brilliant and the reader Craig Bowles is perfect for the job, he makes the story come alive. The whole scenario is perfectly possible and I for one will be wary of any loose flies that may start buzzing around! LOL! Highly recommended read and I'll certainly be watching out for more books from Roger Ley. ******

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  • Carol B
  • 09-15-20

Sc Fi Thriller


This is a different genre than I usually read/listen to but everybody needs a change now and then. I listen to mostly thrillers and this is no exception it is a thriller but with science fiction at the heart, and cleverly done. Altering a timeline in this instance can have catastrophic consequences in the future so physicist Martin Riley has his job cut out as governments American and this side of the pond are using it for the wrong reasons. Martin does his best to relay the fears he has but can't go on as this has been troubling him for a long time, and it is affecting his family life, and even that is not working so he quits the day job. Can Martin be allowed to roam free with the knowledge he's got? Martin has got this gut feeling that no one leaves as a colleague left with family problems and was never heard of again. It was a delight to listen to and the narrator Craig Bowles does an excellent job, he was clear and read well at a good pace, the descriptions were well-defined pity we can't look into the future then we would have had this pandemic all sown up. A good listen and not too over the top.

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  • Roberta Vella
  • 09-12-20

What will be, will be... the future is not ours to see..que sera sera...

Just finished hearing Chronoscape by Roger Ley narrated by Craig Bowles.

I found the story to be interesting - loved the way the author let loose his imagination and in his way gave us a glimpse of a future which answers the “what ifs” of today.
Like what if Lady Di did not die? Another thing it made me very much aware of is that too much A.I. is not really something to look forward to - as the world will become way too sterile and controlled. The Author’s note at the end of the book is an excellent ending to this book you really should get hold of a copy and read it or hear it on audible like I did.

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  • Mr B D Claydon
  • 09-08-20

A brilliant concept told in a very believable way.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Its not my normal.genre but it was recommended by a friend. I really enjoyed the way the scientific breakthroughs and work.of the team was told in alongside the domestic concerns of the characters. This made the story more believable and less far fetched. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the mundane and the fantastical.
The story is almost in two parts . Two separate characters and their view points that come together in a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.
Craig Bowles was a great choice to narrate this story. He has a real feel for the characters. I would highly recommend this audio book to everyone even if sci fi isn't your normal genre. The interactions between the characters make this a story as.much about people as scientific breakthroughs.

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  • Lindsay
  • 08-25-20

Exciting and enjoyable listen

Ok I was really surprised by this book it’s a really exciting audio with great narration and it’s nice to see what my other half is up to when my back is turned ;-) . Martin Riley discovers a way to send information across different time’s as he gets set up with his funding he finds it’s not always used in a way he’s completely comfortable and people are desperate to keep anyone with any objections quiet at any costs. Can Martin do the right thing and use his new technology for good and will he ever be recognised for one of the greatest discoveries in the world? Great listen.

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  • Ian
  • 10-12-21

Just Wow

This is the third book I’ve read by Roger Ley and I thought it was just amazing.

It’s one of the best time travel books I’ve ever read with a great plot and lots and turns
Great characters and and the background settings was very good and tech side wasn’t to complex.

Time well spent

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  • Boojum
  • 09-10-21

A frightening view of the future

Fantastic story, well narrated. Ley envisages a future where time travel is a possibility, small at first but becoming larger. It's a sobering view of what might happen if we start tampering with the time line. The science is convicing and almost a possibility and there are plenty of interesting plot twists along the way. Well worth a listen.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 08-10-21

Such a creative and interesting time travel story!

When physicist Martin Riley starts receiving anonymous, but accurate, racing tips from the future, he initiates a time research program that can change the course of the future. As the UK and US Governments start altering the timeline in the pursuit of their own questionably-ethical agendas, Martin begins to doubt the value of his work. I loved this fascinating and gripping sci-fi story, especially the dual focus. The panoramic view encompasses major events of the 1990s and 2000s, including the death of Princess Diana, the tsunami in the Pacific, and the Twin Towers and how the program deals with them. The conspiracies and spectre of sinister government were great. The narrow focus concentrates on Martin’s personal life as petty bureaucrat and ambitious scientist, and his growing disillusionment. Martin is a compelling main character - flawed and vain yet brilliant. Audio narrator Craig Bowles gave an excellent performance, with good character voicing, emotion and pacing.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 06-10-21

Time Travel

I enjoyed listening to Craig Bowles.

An excellent time travel story. I loved it from the start. Twists and turns, great characters. The changing of the past and the ribble effects.

loved.


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