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When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self, knowing everything he'd known at 80 and gives him access to advanced equations of space and time.

But living life over knowing the future isn't as easy as Cager has anticipated. His every action alters the future he remembers until much of what he remembers never happened at all. And those changes work against him at every turn, preventing him correcting the most serious mistake of his life. Now he must use his advanced mathematical ability to build his own time machine to go back and try again. But he needs a fortune even to begin.

Then he receives help from a strange young woman with no history. While perfecting time travel, Cager and his new partner overcome enormous problems, even being hunted by dinosaurs in the Cretaceous. After that, though, things get really bizarre.

©2016 Jerry Merritt (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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The Gift of Time is a Gift!

I have struck gold with my last two audio books based around time travel. First there was ‘Fata Morgana’ and now there is ‘A Gift of Time’. Everything I said about Fata Morgana holds true with this one. The value for money just in terms of dollar per hour listening is excellent (over 11 hours long). The narration is excellent. I sped the narration up to 1.25x speed simply because I was so eager to listen to the story. However, what provides the greatest value is simply the story line! It is total amazballs as we aussies would say!

The blurb does a good job at summarising a story which has more twist and turns than a cheap garden hose. I found myself constantly being surprised the development in the story. I liked how the author took some time to explain some of the problems with time travel… problems which other authors tend to ignore. Everything in the story just adds to the great character development. Not only was the character development great but Jerry Merritt just seemed to know how much tension I can handle in a story.

I enjoyed this one immensely and I will be keeping an eye out for any other titles from the author.

This fast fat man is giving this one the full works – Two thumbs up with a very big and long Fonzie ‘heeeeeeey’ with a smile that says ‘I am like a monkey with a new banana!’

PS. I should mention that normal services will return shortly… I will return to reviewing zombie genre very soon.

PPS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

58 of 60 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

Excellent book. I got it as an audiobook so I could listen to it during my 75 mile drive to work. I made the mistake of starting it at home and finishing it in a day.

The narrator was good too. I like the way the narrator voiced Ell, abut like a female Hal.

Lots of interesting turns, a story of redemption, clever situations, and humorous observations.

45 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Just Lovely....

While not a literary scholar, this is perhaps one of the top 5 Sci-fi and in particular time travel books ever. I am so glad I got this on audible as the narration is just spectacular. If you like time travel, then I urge you to get this book. You will not be disappointed.

40 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Six Stars

If audible allowed 3 books per year to have 6 Stars this would be one of my choices. Also the narrator knocked it out of the park.

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 12-22-17

Magnificent!

One of the best ever, not just year! An EPIC, sprawling, complex, fascinating and powerful piece, brilliantly brought to life by Christopher Lane in his best performance to date.
I can't say enough about this offering.
It touches all your senses, it touches all of life and is truly a work that defies definition.

Get it and I KNOW you will enjoy it. Most highly recommended book of the year so far.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • LU
  • 12-01-17

Outstanding!!!!

The very best time syfy story I've ever listened to! My only complaint is "I want MORE !!" like this one!!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel

This story is just amazing.
I found myself questioning the main characters motives.
I thought he was a heartless jerk at times.
He's not.
Thought provoking.
Great Ending!
I don't care for time travel stories, but I took a chance on this one.
I'm very glad I did. I highly recommend this story.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • Wichita, KS, United States
  • 01-31-18

What a great time!

With what little science background that I have, I was impressed on how much the author attempted to bring a science background to the story. It was sometimes way over my head but it made sense and didn't effect the story line. It was a fun story to listen to and the narration was great!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • Huntington Beach, CA, United States
  • 01-09-18

Hard sci-fi with a healthy dose of heart

Merritt resurrects the time travel genre with this sparkling novel, and makes it real by writing in a voice that seems drawn from the heart of the South. The characters are solid, their motivations make sense, and his take on time travel cause and effect are the most original and thoughtful I’ve yet to read. The writing itself flows so smoothly, you don’t even know you’ve been hooked until you find you can’t stop listening until this one ...last... plot point is resolved! I found it very hard to find places to break, and wound up finishing it in two days. It’s the most entertaining novel I’ve read in a while and well worth the credit.
I’d read anything by this author simply for his voice and writing ability. No matter the subject, I know it will be a page-turner.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Smart and original

I've only just finished A Gift of Time, and I'm still sorting through my feelings about the ending. I'm positive, though, that the overall book is one of the most enjoyable things I've read (or listened to) for a very long time. The story is compelling and original, the science is fun, the characters are believable and endearing. I confess that it took me a chapter or two to appreciate the narration, but in the end I found the cadence and tone of Christopher Lane's voice -- with it's many excellent characterizations -- to be the perfect fit for Jerry Merritt's beautiful exploration of time, space, humanity, love and redemption. I just wish there were other works by this author on Audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Teri
  • 01-15-18

OMG the best book EVER!!!

I don't normally take the time to write a review on books I listen to but this one was worth it. A seriously great story. I listen to books whilst I'm editing photos ( I'm a wedding photographer) and this I managed to finish in just 2 days. It kept me fascinated from start to finish.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 01-08-18

Wow!

I think this might have just become my new favourite audio book. Great story, great performance. Thanks to all concerned.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • luke
  • 01-07-18

Reminds me of Stephen King

I’m an avid SF listener always on the lookout for something different and of presence.

I found it here !

With excellent narration of characters and settings that were easily believed I don’t mind saying that more than once I was reminded of Stephen King’s writing whilst having a lovely warmth of characterisation.

I’ll be waiting for others by the author to be uploaded......

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • oAjCo
  • 01-01-18

Stunningly beautiful

A book not to ever be missed, such writings took my breath away, I wish I could start again with ignorance.....

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnny
  • 12-28-17

O yeah great Book

This is one of those books a nerd SF fan and his none nerd family can enjoy leave the details and take the ride story flows beautifully and keeps you hoping for the characters..

Great escape for me can’t recommend it enough narration was done brilliantly and I believed the reader

Well done!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • 01-14-18

A wonderful story

A wonderful mishmash of Andy Weir, Robert McCammon and Jodi Taylor read, by a skillful narrator. Highly recommended

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • P. Harvey-Field
  • 11-26-17

Absolutely brilliant

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time. So very much more than a story about time travel. It got me from the first sentence and kept me listening to the last. It has everything you could want from a great story, love, humour, tragedy, intrigue, not to mention beautiful aliens. Oh yes, and some time travel of course. One I’ll listen to again.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Allen
  • 01-28-18

I don't give many 5 star reviews

Not that I realised it beforehand, but the narrator Christopher Lane also did Dean Koonts' excellent Lightening.

The premise, didn't sound great, a broken TimeGlider, a naked virtual woman, an interrupted suicide... but I love time travel stories so gave it a go.

I loved it, it was an absolutely wonderful story. The last book I gave 5 stars to was Andy Weir's The Martian. I hope it won't be, but this could be the best book I hear all year.

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  • maveric78
  • 01-23-18

An unexpected delight

A bit baggy in places and could have had a punchier conclusion but really those are just minor quibbles. I found it engrossing from the first chapter and beautifully narrated. Definitely recommended.

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  • william agnew
  • 01-03-18

Feel good factor

First class brilliant concept, characters were well described and in the right time and place in the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful