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Flux

Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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Lost in time, the town of Black Creek, Kentucky becomes home to temporal layers of people, creatures, and monsters from disparate eras. Journey beyond the time of humanity and witness the rewriting of mankind’s genesis.

For Owen McCoy, a typical day on the job as head of security for Synergy, a research company conducting mysterious experiments, is boring at best. And that’s the way he likes it. Patrolling the Appalachian mountainside, where his now deceased father taught him how to hunt, is relaxing and connects him to the past.

But today is not a typical day on the job. It begins with asking a thief to join him for breakfast. Seeking to set the young man on a better path, Owen invites him to walk the perimeter with him and consider a more honest living. Before their patrol can begin, they discover evidence that the facility has been breached. When Owen’s truck explodes, he’s confused, but ready for whatever might come his way.

At least, he thinks he is.

A wave of light-bending energy - the Flux - rolls down the mountainside, transporting Owen, and everyone in the nearby town of Black Creek, to October 14, 1985, the day before his father died. Two hours later, the second Flux hits, and then a third, and a fourth, each time collecting Black Creek residents from various times. They’re carried through eras filled with wild animals, monsters of myth, and ancient beasts...and then beyond.

Joined by a ragtag group of temporal stowaways, including family members, Owen fights to restore order, stop the Flux, and return home, facing off against futuristic tech, primal killers, and the fear of losing his father...again.

International bestselling author of The Others and Infinite, Jeremy Robinson combines science, action, and strong characters to create an ever-changing landscape that explores the past, the human condition, and the lengths people will go to save those they love.

©2019 Jeremy Robinson (P)2019 Jeremy Robinson

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Brilliant!!

Only Jeremy Robinson could write a book like this and actually make it easy to understand, and more importantly make it work!!

I think I enjoyed it as much as I did because I went into it not knowing anything about it. It took me by surprise right from the start!! The plot is exciting, entertaining and crazy.. but in a good way!! So Owen grew up in these mountains, and now works for a company called Synergy. He is head of security and is good at what he does. He wakes one morning to a thief in his house, and from there everything goes downhill. There are signs that the Synergy compound has been breached and Owen, along with his new thief buddy, are on their way to find out by who when his truck explodes and a wave of energy and light roll down the mountain. When it passes Owen is shocked to find himself in a time he shouldn't be in!!

I loved Owen. He grows so much during the book. The people he meets along his journey affect him deeply and it brings to the forefront things he had left buried. The whole group that Owen ends up with were all awesome. They were well written and developed and I loved reading about each of them. It brought a tear to my eye when he met certain people in his past!!

I loved the plot of this!! It bends all the normal rules of time travelling and I think that's why I loved it so much. I get fed up of reading books that follow the rules all the time, so this was awesome. Forget all you think you know about time travel and sit back and enjoy this. It's a fun, (at times) emotional, exciting read. I want to say more about it but I'll spoil stuff so I'll just say... go read it and judge it yourself.

In all, this was one heck of a read. I've read a good few books written by this author and he never fails to deliver a weird and wonderful book! He's an author I always recommend.

Jeffrey Kafer is one of the best in the business. He performed this book brilliantly and really brought it alive. He had plenty of tones and voices for the different characters and was able to give each their own personality. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 06-18-19

Loved it

This was an absolute thrill ride
The way the author uses time travel and mythical creatures was excellent
Multiple stops in time builds to an epic conclusion
Fantastic characters and flawless narration I can’t recommend enough
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Buckle your seat belt and hold on tight..........

I requested an advanced copy of the audiobook version of this book in exchange for this honest review because I love Jeffrey Kafer's narration. However, this proved to be one of the most exciting and entertaining stories imaginable. The story starts out pretty quietly, but the second chapter hits and it is non-stop action from that point until the epilogue. Owen is the head of security for Synergy, a tech company in a small Appalachian town named Black Creek. While he is getting ready to show new hire Levy around the grounds of the company, his truck explodes and he realizes that something is very wrong. Thus begins an adventure that can't be explained without giving away spoilers, but be sure to hold on tight for this wild ride.

Along the way, they pick up people - both friend and foe - and they struggle against natural and not so natural challenges, such as extreme weather fluctuations, predators looking for a meal, the power hungry scientist behind all of this madness, and maybe a mythological creature or two. The store eventually turns out with a happy and unique ending, but calling the road to get there bumpy is a vast understatement.

In addition to some incredible action scenes, nail biting suspense, and wonderful descriptions of varying scenery, this story has such terrific interactions between characters. Watching Owen accept his past and use it to make himself a stronger leader is very moving, and I loved how much he grew into his true self in this book. The author does such a good job of showing how people of incredibly disparate backgrounds and even histories can come together and work towards the common goal of survival under such desperate circumstances. I grew to love so many of the characters in this book, and I even loved hating the evildoers. Jeremy Robinson has written an amazing story, and he is an author that will become an auto-buy for me after reading Flux.

Now for the narration, which is the reason I requested this advanced copy in the first place. Jeffrey Kafer's narration is as incredible as ever. He has a deep, melodious voice, and he adds the perfect inflection to ramp up the action or calm my racing heart depending on the mood of the scene. His delivery is absolutely flawless, and I cannot imagine a better choice for this epic story.

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A killer time travel adventure

This is a fiercely creative, outrageous adventure of loss and triumph. A town tumbling out of control through time and powerless to protect itself from the perils of each time period it is exposed to. The only thing more terrifying than what we know about the past is what we don't. Owen McCoy and the rest of Black Creek get the ultimate history lesson while learning even more about themselves in the process.

Though the adventure is exciting and fun, the ending of the book is exceptional. The way everything comes together is not only satisfying, it's a special treat for fans of Robinson's other stand-alone novels.

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My favorite narrator does it again!

I tried this novel because I'm a fan of the narrator, Jefferey Kafer. Boy, I wasn't disappointed. It was a lot of fun to read, a fun new twist on time travel. It explores deeper themes in the time travel genre that I liked. A fun adventure story by an author whose other books I now want to check out. Loved this!

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Time travel done exceedingly well

Loved the slow burn of mounting tension and crisis. The time travel creeps up on you and is handled carefully and imaginatively, with a mythologic ambition. Taken a tiny bit too far? Maybe:) But it all turns out satisfactory.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-04-19

A Fantastic Listen

Flux will definitely be a book that stays with me for some time. I’ve always been a fan of Robinson’s work – but I couldn’t put this one down. It had me from the very first flux and held on tight until the final sentence.

Flux tells a story of people “lost in time” as Robinson writes in his synopsis. They are fluxing back in time and not only do they need to figure out how to get back home but they need to figure out when they are and what caused this.

I realize now in my trying to write more about this book that I really can’t without spoiling it. It has a lot of things that happen. There are the obvious callbacks to movies like Back to the Future but there were other pop-culture references to things like The Land of the Lost among others. Robinson is able to put these in without them feeling forced.

The last third or so of this book absolutely flew by. I ended up staying up to finish it because I knew I only had a couple of hours left. I’m glad I did but I ended up sitting there shocked for a few minutes as well. The near ending (maybe with 20 minutes or so left) had me actually reacting out loud (there’s another reference I refuse to spoil that made me actually laugh out loud and say “wow”).

This was a book that was made even better by Jeffrey Kafer’s narration. He always adds something to all the stories he reads, but with Flux it was almost another level. It was just that good.

Flux is a book about (unexpected) time travel, but it’s also a book about so much more. It’s definitely a book about love, loss, and family. Robinson is able to pull emotion out of me numerous times throughout and I love him for it. There were times that I felt as hopeless as the characters in the book.

Also, the monsters and creatures that Robinson dreams up (along with plucks from history)… just perfection. A great addition to a time travel story is creatures. There is one particular one that had me Googling this morning to know if there was more mention of them.

Overall, a great story that is brought to life on audio. Flux is a book I won’t soon forget. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Time Travel Thrill Ride

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Owen McCoy is the head of security for Synergy. He has taken a wannabe thief under his wing and is showing him the ropes on his security patrol when a wave hits and they are transported in time to the day before his father dies. He then meets his father taking his younger self hunting. Soon another wave and they are all transported again. Then another wave... who is behind this and how does Owen get home?

Wow! What an exciting time travel thrill ride. I enjoyed the cultural references to other time travel films. The characters are well-developed and interesting - at times you get to meet several different versions of themselves as they are hurled through time. And, if that wasn't enough - these adventurers have to deal with the environment and creatures from the various time periods - including dinosaurs. This is so well written and a completely exhilarating ride.

The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, is superb, as always [have become a big fan]. He is able to add tension to his voice during the thrilling scenes and then tenderness at the more quiet scenes between ghe characters. A great compliment to the written word.

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A truely exciting listen

The story begins as Owen is eating breakfast and a young man is holding a gun in his face trying to steal drugs. This would seem a strange beginning to a story but it is the beginning of a strange adventure as Owen and the young man start out on a trip up the mountain and find themselves and others being sent backward through time.

Owen finds himself at the center of a group trying to stop the travels through time which is picking up people from each time period it stops at and carrying them further into the past.

This story is full of adventure, thrills, and heartbreak. It is also full of new relationships and the building of trust and friendships.

This book was one which is hard to put down even though there were points where it had to be because of it length. You always wanted to get back to it so you could find out what was going to happen next.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Paradoxical life

It was quite a good listen of Sci-fi time travel. The thing that makes it is the characters of Owen McCoy (security of Synergy), Cassie (co-worker) and Levi. It takes place in Black Creek when Flux (a light bending energy and loud buzzing) that comes in waves sending them back in time in different time periods. Can you imagine meeting yourself and your family in the past? It has extinct and mythical animals, creatures much action, some gore, which had some heart breaking moments all held together with the narration. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys time travel, sci-fi or thrillers. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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  • RickG73
  • 06-25-19

Enjoyable...

Starts off really good. Keeps you listening. Just a bit flat at the very end, but still a good listen. Narrator is great with his voices.