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Robbie Stone thought he was on the right side of history. He wanted to make a difference by protesting Butterfly, a megacorporation slowly taking over the United States in the near future. But after he’s attacked by a group of assassins, Robbie’s rescuer, a mysterious white-haired girl named Jane, makes a startling claim: The assassins were sent to kill Robbie and prevent his fate of becoming a merciless dictator responsible for the genocide of millions across the globe. Horrified by his destiny, Robbie must now face a choice: Give up his vendetta against Butterfly, or risk becoming the worst mass murderer the world has ever seen.

©2018 C. T. Phipps and Frank Martin (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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YA without the angst

If you’re a C. T. Phipps fan, then you know his engaging style of fast-paced action thoroughly laced with pop culture references. Here, with co-author Frank Martin, the pace is a little slower, the tone a bit more serious, and there are fewer pop culture references. It’s good even though it’s not as light-hearted as much of Phipps’s works.

Robbie is 17 and struggling with the usual teen things – fitting in, keeping Anna (girlfriend) happy, avoiding his dad’s drunken fists, and wanting to make a positive difference in the world. Anna is involved in the protest organization Hope, which is solidly against megacorporations like Butterfly. Christine, the leader of Hope, has an important hold on Robbie, even if she doesn’t know it. Robbie really wants to make her proud but he also finds himself unexpectedly attracted to her, which he then feels guilty about since he’s with Anna. Yep, the complicated emotional hormonal life of a teen boy.

But not to worry! This is not some angsty teen love triangle. Nope! Such info is laid out for the reader but not lingered over. The main plot centers on Robbie and Jane and there attempt to alter the future and keep Robbie from becoming the Scorpion, a mass murderer and horrible dictator in the future who plummets the USA into a rough dystopian land. You might be thinking this is kind of like that age-old question of ‘what if we went back in time and killed Hitler before he gained power?’ In fact, the main characters have a chat about that very thing. If the assassins succeed in killing Robbie, will the Scorpion never be? Will the USA be saved from a dystopian future?

While Robbie believes Jane is indeed from the future, he struggles to see himself ever becoming such a murderous jerk as the Scorpion. In fact, Jane is struggling to see how that can happen too. While she strives to keep Robbie from Hope, Robbie goes back and forth between supporting it and ignoring it. There’s plenty of action amongst all this soul searching. I never got bored with the story even as I enjoyed the deep thoughts.

The story ends with some answers, with a few things wrapped up, and a reveal that floors Robbie. So I’m definitely looking forward to book 2 to find out how Robbie copes. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Thomas Machin did a pretty good job. I like his voice for teen Robbie. He also gives Robbie’s dad a gruff older voice. While he has a variety of voices, his female voices could use a bit more femininity. The pacing was good and I appreciated how he handled all the serious emotions of the story. There were no tech issues with this recording. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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good quick story

pretty good. definitely a Martin book, with Phipps as story outliner id say. Didnt have that patented Phipps feel. so basically if you took terminator and sent him back to kill Hitler, except instead of killing Hitler, you try to reform him before he becomes evil. Good nature vs nurture underpinning.

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Jumped Off the Page

By my count, this is my 26th C.T. Phipps novel – so when I mention anything about this, I think I’m up there in recognizing his work. This was the first book in all 26 that I read that I had to stop in the middle and think “who am I reading again?”. I say that because a lot of Phipps’ books take place in the same place and same universe. Now, I believe that this one does too, don’t get me wrong, but I think this might be an interesting alternate universe or maybe before everything happens that leads to the other books. I also mention that this one feels different because it had a slightly different pacing to it. Now, that being said, different does not in this case mean worse. I enjoyed it just as much and if I was looking for a book in Phipps’ catalog to compare it to it would be some of the Agent G books (especially the ones where they go into his back story).

That’s easily the longest opening to a review I’ve ever written and it was the only part of this review I was sure of. Well that, and the fact that this is definitely a 5-star book. Phipps and Martin wrote a book that jumped off of the page. There were elements in it that really grabbed my attention early, and then as the book continued on, more and more kept getting thrown at the reader and at the main characters.

I liked Robbie as a person and really enjoyed his story arc (including the “jump” that this book is sort of based around). I also really enjoyed the final scenes and the final payoff moment that Phipps and Martin wrote in. (I want to talk about it but… spoilers).

Butterfly (clever with the butterfly effect mentioned numerous times) was a company that you could hate and living in the world that we do today, it’s one of those companies that you can see spawning from any of the big tech companies. They were the right amount of “bad guy” to distract from a lot of the other stuff going on. And allow Robbie to have an origin story unlike many of the other ones that I’ve read before.

I also need to call out that I though Machin did a great job narrating this. He helped Phipps & Martin’s words jump off of the page and really turned Robbie from just a kid to someone real.

Overall, an excellent story that might easily become one of my favorites from Phipps.

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Time Travel at it's best!

Imagine your future and the future you … what choices would you make if you discovered you were destined to becoming a heartless dictator bent on committing genocide and becoming a tyrant beyond anything like Hitler or Stalin? Robbie must decide his future now. His savior is Jane, a white-haired teenage woman from his future with a stake in his decision. And he has assassins hot on his trail! Is it possible to change your destiny?

C.T. Phipps and Frank Martin create a story that weaves an intricate plot and what-if scenarios with a few twists. As is the case with C.T. Phipps, he never does trivial plot twists, they are shockers and mouth droppers! As with any time travel, the opportunity for confusion is always present but both authors did a solid job of keeping things clear and concise with just enough mystery. Each character was developed accordingly, and I look forward to more of Robbie and Jane’s story.

The narrator, Thomas Machin, is new to me. I found his performance good but wished young Robbie had a slightly lower voice to make it more distinct. His delivery was succinct, and his performance flowed easily.

I enjoy the audiobooks by C.T. Phipps and his alternate timelines. His characters show up in different lines/worlds and have different purposes thus giving them more depth.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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Time travel YA book!

Predestiny
The Predestiny Series, Book 1
By: C. T. Phipps, Frank Martin
Narrated by: Thomas Machin

This is the second round for me with this book and loved it the second time too. I normally don't care too much for YA books but there isn't the teenage angst often found in many of those books.

This follows a teen, Robbie, that protests against mega corps and has a abusive father. He encounters an assassin from the future. Seems he is to be a terrifying ruler that destroys the world and goes by the name of Scorpion. Several assassins were sent to kill him but Jane, a white haired girl, decides to give him a chance. Maybe he will change.

It's an action packed and thought provoking book with good characters and plot. However I did not care for the narrator as much as previous Audible books from this author. I think it brought the book down some.

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Not meeing the Terminator standard

I really did not enjoy the MC he really got my nevers at times has his take on the future was annoying and the ways he tried to change it was to open-head thought that the best possibility was going to happen with no thoughts on if time was invented its always existed so he should have been more thoughtful on what ment on how mugh of what he new was the true history.

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  • 11-22-21

YA Terminator-esque story

CT Phipps is one of my favourite authors but this one doesn’t quite hit the mark for me. I read it before I realised it was YA.

I was disappointed at the time but I’m revisiting this review to say that This is a great book for the target audience.

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  • Anders Haywood
  • 05-14-21

A fantastic new time travel story with a twist!

This story was such a great new time travel story. It follows average teenager Robbie, who is attacked when protesting the malign influence of a mega corporation.
He soon discovers that in the future, he will rise to become the world's worst dictator.
I won't spoil anymore, but to say this was such a great book. I was hooked.
I really recommend giving this a try, it's great!