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Publisher's Summary

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake.

So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave?

Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

The one who's being pursued by...something.

So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli's determined that this time, he's going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend.

To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history - with nothing less than America's past, present, and future at stake.

©2017 Peter Clines (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A superior time-passer, a wonderfully amusing yarn." (Publishers Weekly)

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Beware the faceless man...

Clines' is definitely not a one-hit wonder. I've read his past three novels and all of them manage to exceed my expectations. I haven't read the Ex-heroes series yet but if they're anything like his recent releases, they have to be good.

I love how imaginative his novels are. There are no cliche characters, no guessing the ending by chapter two - I literally have no idea what's going to happen next. And can't stop listening, which for me is unusual. A lot of times I end up zoning out or skipping through audiobooks, wishing it would just be over. I've never done that with this author/narrator pairing. It's like Ray Porter was born to read Clines' novels. I honestly hope he never uses anyone else.

If you're debating whether or not to pick this as your next listen, if you're even remotely into, as another reviewer calls it, "strange" sci-fi or alternate reality type stuff, I promise you it will be worth your time. Even if it's not your usual cup of tea, it's still a really great book.

76 of 85 people found this review helpful

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I tried SO hard, I really did!

I normally LOVE Peter Clines. I have read and recommended many of his books, so when I heard there was a new one, I was thrilled.

Cut to my bewilderment as I listened to a book led by a completely uninteresting lead, full of useless characters, with a plot that, while imaginative simply turned out to be useless and dumb.

I'm sad. I adore Ray Porter's voice, and that is the only way I made it to the end of this very very pointless book.

My advice, save a credit and read one of his older works.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Fun read

Great book. Made me laugh quite a few times.. If I had to compare it to something it would be like a crossover of National Treasure and the Matrix and it would air on the history Channel. Loved it!

33 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Debra
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • 10-07-17

Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

14 is Clines' high water mark (IMO) and this new work doesn't quite reach even the level of The Fold for pulling you in and keeping you engaged. I WANTED to connect with the characters but never quite got there.

Porter doesn't have the range of some narrators and offers no new voices here, but does an adequate job.

Still, its a fun little story and kept me entertained on a few long runs. I didn't like it as much as I wanted to when I picked it up but don't regret the credit.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • USA
  • 10-02-17

What happened?

I loved The Fold and 14 and thought I'd found a new favorite author, but I could not get interested in this book.

I tried, started over several times, never could find it interesting at all.

I'll be returning this book.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Frustrating dialogue

I'm a big fan of Peter Clines other books, but this book has been painful to get through, simply because EVERY dialogue plays out similarly:

Someone makes a statement, Eli says "What", "Who", "How", "Why", "Where", or "When", then the person repeats the exact same statement, just for Eli to try another interrogative, and so on.

I began to play a game where I would yell out what I thought Eli was going to say next, and got probably 80% accurate by the end.

The book could have been 8 hours long and a whole lot less tedious without this song and dance.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Premise is a little cheesy

I loved 14 and The Fold, so reading Paradox Bound was a no-brainer.

After 1/4 of the way through the book, when you find out what the premise of the book is, you'll have to pause for a moment while you groan and roll your eyes. I guess you should always be suspicious of a book whose description doesn't tell you what the book is about; had I known, I probably wouldn't have read it.

That being said, Porter is great (as usual), and even though the premise is very cheesy, the book is well-written and the story unfolds evenly.

19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Not my cup of tea.

This book was not written for me. The book morphs genres as quickly as it starts to develop one. It starts out as a mystery then slips into a road adventure genre, then slips into something else, then something else. Clines never pins down what I am supposed to be reading, I hate that. Clines forgets to add comedy to this book as well. In most of his works we have these light moments before being sucked back into an abyss. There is no abyss and no funny to be found. Another thing this book does is talk. There is only a handful of action sequences, and the best one come early. Ray Porter is amazing as always, but even with him I found very little in the book to be excited about.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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The paradox is why keep reading his books…

Peter cline’s books are to me a paradox, just enough really good writing to keep you interested but just enough bad writing to make you wonder why you keep reading it. To me they usually start off quite well and then he seems to hit this Zombie zone where none of his description really gives me an accurate picture. I feel like I’m looking at something with fuzzy lenses over my eyes and it’s annoying. But in the end he comes up with enough original concepts and satisfying results to keep buying his books. it’s just me I guess.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Having a hard time with this story

I am halfway through, or rather I have 5 hrs 25 mins to go. I get "good guys" and "bad guys" and fear strikes my heart when I hear 15 say " Hello, ..." but I just can't grasp the intangible, and the purpose. I will finish the book because the narration is AWESOME and the story isn't a complete failure, but I'm having a hard time with it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 11-10-17

Well worth a listen, but one thing bothered me...

Not really a spoiler but I am going to mention some things from the book, so best say SPOILER ALERT just in case.

Cars run on water by separating it into hydrogen and oxygen with a catalyst, throwing away the oxygen and burning the hydrogen.
Perhaps a useful plot tool, but burning hydrogen combines it with oxygen to give you...water. So you would never run out of water as it comes out the exhaust, and you are also getting energy by magic. Water in, same water out..

That said, I happily accepted time travel and everything else with 'certainty', so best not to get hung up on it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark T.
  • 11-10-17

The American Dream

I love the idea of the American dream and that the founder fathers of America had a grand plan. This book gripped me from start to finish. Gutted to have finished the book but would love a Koturoverse universe book in the near future. Special mention for Ray Porter who narrated the book beautifully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-08-17

Excellent as always from Mr. Clines

I've enjoyed all of his previous novels. This is a standalone adventure, fast paced, and thoroughly enjoyable. I liked the narrator as well.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-08-17

Pretty good, with the usual time-travel problems.

Ray Porter's narration is excellent, as usual.
The writing is good, the story well told, the characters interesting.

There are a few twists, some that I saw coming, some that I didn't.

But, as is the case with so many time travel stories, there are elements that just don't add up. I accept that there is usually an element of that in this type of book, but it left more holes and contradictions than some other attempts.

Overall, an enjoyable book, but don't think too hard about the details.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ley
  • 12-05-17

loved this book, so much.

Reviewers suggested it was inferior to previous novels but I think it was just as good but different. If it's the first time you've read Peter Clines I'm sure it won't be the last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andre
  • 11-18-17

A whimsical adventure in America

I must confess I loved this book, I like many who do, are the ones who scratch their heads during the time travel episodes of Star Trek. It felt like a Lewis Carroll inspired road trip through American history, a great premise and real page turner. I loved 14 and the fold which drove me to read his latest novel and a recommend it whole heartedly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-18

Loved this book!

I didn’t want it to end, I really hope there’s another. Characters are likeable and witty, loved the time travel concepts. Would definitely recommend this book it has a bit of everything.

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  • 01-21-18

Good, very good, loved it.

If you could sum up Paradox Bound in three words, what would they be?

time travel twister

What did you like best about this story?

the interchange between the characters and the fact that there are all good solid individuals, all with a story to tell, makes this a good book.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes I have, he is a good narrator, and this was a superbly narrated story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Have you ever thought about traveling through history, not time?

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  • Fiona
  • 12-08-17

Loved it!

I loved this book!
I love the idea: the American Dream, the Faceless Men, travelling through time to put things back the way they should be. The plot takes you on quite a journey that has lots of bends and folds and I enjoyed immensely trying to work out where we were going next.

A thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to finish, with excellent narration. Brilliant!

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  • Frank
  • 11-01-17

Paradox Bound

I absolutely love Peter Clines novels.
This was really great.
I loved ‘14’ and ‘ The Fold’
Please do more of these fold in time books.
This was really enjoyable and great characters. Superb narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex delaforce
  • 11-07-17

Not 'FOLD' or '14' but still worth waiting for.

The imagination in the story was great. The light touch use of tech was good. Characters you cared about. The satire of the 'faceless men' was intriguing. As I said in the title, I enjoyed 14 and Fold more but still enjoyed Paradox. I have to admit that I was half expecting a seven limbed bug to appear at any moment😀. Looking forward to the next Clines ...

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  • Adam Barich
  • 11-25-17

A fantastic tale with great narration!

Some of the most fun and truly entertaining reading I've had since discovering Audible... Also, Ray Porter? Tell me you can't hear him singing Cake's, "He's Going The Distane".

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  • julie
  • 10-20-17

Hiram Holiday esque

A girl and a boy and a car (Oh my!). A happier american legend on a road-trip. A bit like Miss Hiram Holliday travelling Glory Road. I missed the dog... not a Savannah cat in sight.

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  • Jack
  • 10-20-17

Peter shows his range in this captivating novel

One of the things I love about PC's work is how attached you become to his central characters. There was a moment in this novel when I experienced an internal cringe "oh no, Peter, this isn't the central idea is it" - I won't give anything way - but within a few minutes, perhaps more, relaxed and realised all would be well.

Like other reviewers, I can't await for another instalment...

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  • Adrian M Slade
  • 10-26-17

Fun ride

Paradoxes are often hard to explain so that everybody understands what you are describing but Peter has done a masterful job of writing a whole book based on them and still keeps it light , fun & linear enough that all readers should be able to follow. Definitely a great read.

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