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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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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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  • 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!