In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a past tragedy. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world....
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time....
A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain....
For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems....
Brian Greene and an ensemble cast perform this lively story tracing Albert Einstein's electrifying journey toward the discovery of the general theory of relativity....
The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it....
In teeming Victorian London, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century....
With the help of her bodyguard, Kork, the battle-trained young Rina narrowly escapes the slaughter and makes her way to the lair of an ancient sorcerer....
Aesop, an ancient Greek poet who was sold into slavery in the early sixth century B.C, relied on animal stories to convey his key points to his masters in court....
Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles....
Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941....
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls that echo the screams of the poor souls inside....
Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies....
Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive....
Captain Joe Farley and the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways....
When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth....
The Whole Art of Detection is a must-listen for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility....
What if a time traveler lived in a world where disrupting the timeline could destroy everything in the universe? Everything but himself?
Pilot X is Ambassador of the Alendans, a race with the ability to move through space and time as guardians of the timeline. Locked in ongoing conflict with the Sensaurians, an organic hive mind that can send messages in thought throughout its own history, and the Progons, a machine race who can communicate backwards in time, Pilot X finally manages to create peace among the three races. But when Pilot X discovers that a secret dimensional war fought in hidden parts of spacetime threatens the fabric of the universe itself, he faces unseen enemies and a deeper conspiracy, bringing him to the ultimate choice: erase the existence of all three races, including his own people, or to let the universe be destroyed.
I really enjoyed this story, the storyline was great and the narration was on point even changing voices for different characters. I wish this would come out as a movie as the story is perfect for one. I am pretty picky with my books but this one was written perfect and hit my imagination the way I like it. I fully recommend this to anyone who enjoys syfy books. Thank you Tom Merritt, hope there is a sequel, I would definitely buy that one too.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Great character and universe building without it seeming like it is being forced into your ears. You will likely listen to this several times to get all the nuisance and details packed into this story about a time traveling pilot who is constantly running into people who know more about his future than he does. Sad to say, but I was enjoying the story so much that I was sorry when it was over. It felt complete, but I wasn't ready for it to end.
33 of 35 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Pilot X in three words, what would they be?
Fun, Smart, and clever.
What did you like best about this story?
Pilot-X is fast paced, entertaining, and for a time travel book surprisingly understandable. He somehow manages to make you think of time travel as part of day to day life for the characters, while keeping you guessing about what comes next. Merritt takes a genre that could have easily been full of clichés and turns it into a story that is both fun and refreshing.
What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As an avid Audio book listener, I can also highly recommend the Audible version, which is read extremely well. Keven T. Collins adds his own incredible talent to the mix, brings the Pilot-X to life, and makes the comedic beats of the story hit with perfect timing.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I find myself hard to please when it comes to sci-fi these days, but I can strongly recommend Pilot-X to even the most jaded reader, or listener. It will leave you with a smile on your face, and that is perhaps the most important endorsement I can give.
Any additional comments?
As a fan of Tom Merritt’s Daily Tech News Show, and his assorted podcast throughout the years, felt a bit obligated to check out Pilot-X. From the description, I was worried that it was just going to be a Dr. Who knockoff, and admittedly it has a lot of similarities to that classic BBC show, which I expected. What I did not expect was for it to be so good.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
While it took a while to get into the style Tom Merritt used in this story, particularly with the repetition of the main characters name, once I had drawn a mental parallel between this character, and Dr Who, another time travelling jack of all trades, I was able to focus on the development of Pilot X. While I understand the importance of the naming structure, it would have been easier to digest if sometimes the name was shortened.
The pacing of the story built up to a nice crescendo as it twisted and turned though time and space, and I think I might need to read it again to really grasp all the detail, but for a first effort, this story shows a lot of promise.
In another comparison to Dr Who, one of my favourite characters in the story was Pilot X's ship, but you'll just have to read it to find out why.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful
I've been looking forward to this release since it was announced! First of his books with an Audible version. Loved all of his other works.
If you're on the fence to buy this, just do it, you won't regret it! <>
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Loved it! I listened to it in one sitting, couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Pilot X?
This is hard to pinpoint. I tried to listen. Maybe an overly complicated writing style mixed with a performance that hit my ear wrong. I didn't ever get far enough into it to give an opinion on the plot, but I didn't like where it was heading and hit the kill switch. It felt like it was trying to hard to be interesting when maybe it was a tired and cliched story. Sorry.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
The first stlry involving time travel that did not make my head explode. Kudos to Mr. Merritt.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Audiobook: I was unfamiliar with Kevin T. Collins prior to listening to this book, but I'll be keeping an eye out for him in the future. He reads clearly at good volume and does a few voices as well. Tom lucked out with a good narrator who added a little something extra to the book.
For what it's worth, I've been a member of Tom's online book club Sword & Laser for nearly 5 years, and helping to moderate the group for the last 2.5 years.
Tom might be better known for his work as a tech blogger and podcaster, but to me he's always been someone whose opinions on Science Fiction I've come to value. I picked this book up once I saw that I could get it in audio because I wanted to support Tom, but I seem to have very little time to read lately.
I know Tom has dabbled in writing on and off, especially during Nanowrimo, and that shows here. I haven't read any of his previous works, but this book is well written. Tom does a good job of showing and not telling, which is especially important to me in a book this short.
There are some big ideas about Time Travel, and he is consistent within his own rules for how it works, without spending too much time getting into the "science". This is the kind of big idea, little detail story I tend to associate with older Science Fiction stories.
Oddly, I don't tend to enjoy much classic Science Fiction because I tend to prefer more detailed world building. However I felt this book does a good job in packing in world building as the story progresses. There is a lot of room for imagination, but you're provided enough detail for framing the story he's trying to tell.
The one place I felt was a bit lacking was the characters. There isn't a ton of character development with Pilot X, and apart from the ship Verity and maybe the Secretary, most of the characters feel thin/disposable. I would have liked to read more about the after math of Pilot X's decision than we got.
The book has a bit of a Doctor Who feel, which isn't surprising as Tom has discussed how his inspiration for this book stemmed from that show's own Time War. However Pilot X doesn't feel like the Doctor. Or at least not any of the Doctor's I'm familiar with.
This book does a good job at borrowing an idea from Doctor Who while being it's own thing. I'm glad that I picked it up, and figure that I'll be able to tell people I followed Tom Merritt before he became a successful writer.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
Finished it, but never felt invested in it. Maybe needed more character development? I didn't ever really feel like I knew the main character. Not my cup of tea.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Pilot X is an unlikely hero who has a wicked sense of humour. Verity his ship is his dry straight man. We knew the end but enjoyed the ride to get there.
Great fun story, brings up some very interesting problems faced by would be Time travelers!