26 February, 2012

Time Slice by Kerry Downing

I am pleased to participate in the Book Blog Tour of Time Slice by Kerry Downing for Tribute Books. Below you will find links to Kerry Downing and Tribute Books and links to purchase the book, along with a brief description. You can also read an excerpt of the book at the Time Slice website.

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Time Slice Book Summary

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Adventures. Science Fiction with Heart.

Newly retired workaholic Roy Washburn is not ready for a life of leisure. On a trip to the mall with his wife, he finds a small metal cylinder with odd markings. One nudge of the cylinder's triangle-shaped pointer and Roy finds himself embarking on an exciting new adventure in the Time Stream.

There he meets The Traveler, a tall, gangly being who shows Roy how to use the cylinder to visit other civilizations that co-exist on "his" Earth, each occupying a different, thin Time Slice. The Traveler solicits Roy's help in recovering an object invented by his murdered father and beyond his own reach. Roy is his last hope.

At first it seems that the Traveler's wish might be easily granted. But after Roy's wife Emily becomes ill and his daughter's long-held resentments rise to the surface, he can no longer "travel" at a moment's notice. He also discovers the very real physical and mental risks involved in roaming the Time Stream.

Despite the dangers, Roy is determined to help the Traveler. But he can't do it alone. Fortunately he has a loving wife and a core group of loyal friends. But first he must convince them--and his daughter--that he isn't crazy ...

Kerry Downing's Bio:
Kerry Downing set out to become a meteorologist, but was hooked by the world of computers instead, becoming a systems analyst and programmer. Astronomy and science fiction are his passions. He’s been gazing at the stars at all hours of the night since the age of 10, when he received his first telescope. As for science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke and his brand of “it really seems as if it could happen” has always been his favorite. In the 90s, Kerry found the third love of his life: his wife, Lucy. They live in St. Louis, Missouri, with their five children. Time Slice is Kerry’s second science-fiction novel. His self-published, debut work is The Collective.

My Thoughts
Time Slice starts off with a bang and doesn't let go until the very end and even then I wished the story would continue. Even though this is sci/fi/time travel etc., it is written very well and not with the usual gobbledygook that a sci-fi book will have. Imagine if you had a device that you could go to different time slices of our world.. that is exactly what Roy Washburn has done with a little device he finds while he is at the mall with his wife. At first he thought he was losing it but then realized that it really happened.  Roy is at a point in his life where he is not sure where to go next or what he should be doing. After his first trip he finds out his wife has a serious illness and feels that his daughter hates him. He meets the Traveler and is asked to do something that he is totally skeptical about. Without giving away any more of the story I have to say that I really enjoyed this well written and unique concept. A poignant, at times sad and inspiring book. A must for the sci-fi fan.

I thank Tribute Books and the author for providing me this review copy to review. I was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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Price: $17.95
ISBN: 9781603818520
Pages: 256
Release: June 10, 2011

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Kerry said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing TIME SLICE :-) I'm really glad you enjoyed the story!

CelticLady said...

I did enjoy it...thank you for the opportunity...

Tribute Books said...

Kathleen, I'm so glad that you found Kerry's book to be a page turner for you. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about it.

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