Jumping back in time used to be fun... until people started dying.
In the year 2050, London is on the verge of destruction. A thrill-seeker calling himself Sniper is about to jump back in time to create a time paradox. It's called timesplashing. It is exciting, dangerous, and the people who do it love every moment. Best of all, it doesn't change a thing - except in the present. When the acausal backwash from the splash hits the present, all hell breaks loose. Make a big enough timesplash, far enough back, and it can devastate a whole city.
Once, timesplashing was an extreme sport and an excuse for a big party. Then Sniper took it too far. People started dying. Sandra and Jay are two people whose lives were shattered in a timesplash that went badly wrong in 2047. Now, each in their own way, they are hunting the timesplashers. And if they don't find them, millions could die.
It took me weeks to finish this. Only because I needed breaks from the narrator. The book may have been great but I'll never know from listening to it. Sorry. I hate doing negative reviews. But it was brutal. What should have been a dynamic story was given ambien with a side of lunesta.
So first off, this is an entertaining book. If you like your science fiction themed action tales then there is nothing not to love about this romp. Herein though lies my problem. Picture a future, not so distant from our own, time travel is possible but is illegal due to its devastating effects on the present as time seeks to re-assert itself. A beautiful woman, a crazed ego maniac and a rough around the edges youth turned good are the main focus of the tale. Sadly none of them really grabbed me. Yes I wanted the good guys to win and the bad guy to lose but I felt somewhat along for the ride rather than involved in the tale. There is nothing really wrong with this book and many things right but the characters are just not very well realised, I didn't feel they were three dimensional and only out for revenge, carnage and atonement. I have no doubt that if the description appeals to you that you will thoroughly enjoy this book but it failed to move me beyond the last page.
This is an excellent short SF book on time travel with a really interesting and novel way of imagining time travel which avoids most usual pitfalls of time travel books. One negative is that the reader takes on a heavy "East Enders" accent when doing dialogs and for non-UK listeners (eg. Canada or the USA), it makes it really hard to understand a lot of the dialogs.
Causality has always been the elephant in the room when dealing with issues of time travle. Star Trek's "prime directive", and the golden rule of Jodie Taylor's St Mary's series are just to examples that give lip service to causality but sci fi does not embrace it as a central controlling theme as Storrs does. Not a hard and fast rule after Einstein, causality is still a basic tenet of every day common sense this side of the speed of light and Storrs uses its consequences to create a world where time travle can have little lasting impact on the past and a devastating impact on the present. In the "post adjustments" world after the energy crises thrill seeking time travellers use the laws of causality for there own entertainment and for the forces of terrorism. While some of the minor characters are la little two dimensional the main story and the underlying notions grip you from the first look into Pattie's deep beautiful eyes to the last. A thoroughly enjoyable listen I which Audible had more titles from this exciting and innovative author.