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Here and Now and Then

A Novel
By: Mike Chen
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere - and any-when....

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career...as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. 

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives - 18 years too late. 

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember. 

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda - even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process. 

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

©2019 Mike Chen (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Mindblowing book

So this was my first audio book, and I started off just listening to it in my car. Then the car and my room, and everywhere I went. I loved it so much, for many reasons. The voice reading the book is an actual person who reads it so clearly which surprised me! The plot and the climax of the book was amazing, and overall just a unique fiction story that needs to be read by any Sci-Fi lover!

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Absolutely amazing debut

I cannot tell you how angry I was to have to pause this audiobook when I finished my commute. It's beautifully written, gripping, and emotional. I could not wait to find out how everything was going to unfold.

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fun story

This book is fun. I enjoyed the time travel aspects and the era comparisons. The reason it's not rated higher is because of a couple things. Some of the character development is too quick and unrealistic. Also, the plot feels contrived at times. Overall, I enjoyed the book though.

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Disappointed

Wasn't for me. The scifi is weak in this one, I can see the appeal for those looking for an emotional impact on the subject of family.

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nice little Sci-fi story

Mike Chen visits the Time-travel corner of Sci-fi with an emotional twist that, for moments ,makes you forget that Hard Science is nowhere to be seen. in this book The story is well written and fast paced and you can easily step into the main character´s shoes, specially if you are a dad. Even for a story about a time-traveller-secret agent the ending is silly, easily anticipated and disappointing. The performance by Cary Hite is superb.

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Great intro for new author!

Great story. You really feel for the characters. I'll be looking for more from this author in the future.

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Hereditary

I really enjoyed this audio book as it made me better understand the concept of time travel and the paradoxical problem’s that could happen. Think back 100 years of mankind’s advances. Was this storyline really fiction?

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Every sci fi loving parent should read this!

Every sci fi loving parent should read this! It gave me the feels big time!

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The time travel stories always get me!!!!

I'm a sucker for time travel stories, and this one didn't let me down. This novel reminded me a lot of The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain I recently read. Also a time travel story of a parent doing everything within their power to save their child, and then trying to get to know and secretly guide and mold their child to ensure they are safe and well cared for.

This story is centered on a secret agent who works for the secret group the Temporal Correction Bureau who is tasked with maintaining a clean timeline, but he himself and his teenage daughter become distortions that need correction. It's a fast paced story, with this secret agent father forced to watch over his daughter from 100 years in the future, breaking all the rules of his Bureau in doing so.

It is a good story with a nice, but foreseeable twist at the end of the novel. And much like The Dream Daughter, a reunion of sorts for all in the end. A solid 4 1/2 star review, and a quick and enjoyable read.

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  • Emae Church
  • 03-24-19

Beautiful and Perfect Story

I listened to this on Audible and Holy Wow! What a beautiful and emotional story.

The narration by Cary Hite is silky smooth and adds so much depth to the already perfect words of the story.

It's one of those stories which causes you to reflect so much on the characters and the events which have played out.

I love it, so much.

Thank you, Mike :)