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London 2012 : What If ? ( A Romantic Time Travel Thriller ) (Omnibus Edition containing Book One and Book Two)

London 2012 : What If ? ( A Romantic Time Travel Thriller ) (Omnibus Edition containing Book One and Book Two) [Kindle Edition]

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Starting a few days after the Olympics in London have finished, 'What If?' was written for the commuter, for anyone who sits for hours every day travelling to work, and wondering...'is this the life I should be living? Have I made the right choices? ' ...and then wished for something else...

The new alternative to The Time Traveler's Wife, this is a must read for everyone, regardless of what city you work in.

'What If?' raises many interesting questions that make great topics to be discussed in Book Clubs. This edition comes complete with guideline questions for your book club to debate and discuss.

The Story :

Contemplating having an affair, bored with work, and convinced there must be something more to it all, James Quinn is a man just about to enter a mid-life crisis. James leads a successful life. But is it the right life? Instead of a Product Manager in Telecoms, should he have been a plumber, an Olympic athlete, or an artist? Life, as they say, isn't a practice run. This is it.

Convinced the 'grass is greener' everywhere else, and worried that he may be missing out, James Quinn is a man full of doubts.

It's not that he hates his own life. Far from it. His 'life', as others may call it, is good. It's just that, nowadays he can't stop looking at other people and wondering if he is living the right one? What if James has got it wrong?

And then there's Jane, the first girl he kissed at school, and the one that got away. What would life have been like if he had married her instead of his wife? Unable to control his curiosity he tracks her down through Facebook and discovers that she is now a beautiful woman, living in London, and unhappy in her marriage: like a moth drawn to a flame James finds himself heading for infidelity and feels powerless to stop.

Then one day, during the normal underground commute to work in London, he looks up from his book and doesn't recognise the station name on the Jubilee Line, …and in a split-second, everything changes.

Emerging onto a platform at "New Cross Gate North", a station that shouldn't exist, James finds that Canary Wharf has vanished. Gone. And so have Selfridges and mobile phones.

Instead, James finds himself in a parallel world, where the city he lived in has changed, and every moment is now a voyage of discovery into a new life: a new career in advertising, a new house, and a new wife: Jane-the object of all his fantasies.

In this new world, James discovers that he is a flamboyant, intelligent, charismatic, successful businessman. Yet, even though he now has everything he has always dreamt of, he finds that he longs for everything else that he used to have but has now lost: his two children, Keira and Nicole, and his wife Sarah. Sarah, the woman he loved but took for granted.

Convinced that both the past and present are real, he realises that somewhere Sarah must be as real in this world as she was in the last. Longing to hold her in his arms again, and with no apparent way back to his old world, he sets out to find Sarah in his new world. Wherever she is.

Using knowledge from their previous life together, he manages to track her down. But James realises that before he can truly be together with Sarah once again, he must first understand what went wrong between them in the other world to avoid it happening again.

What is the secret that his subconscious has hidden from his conscious mind, and which made him want to turn away from Sarah and into the arms of another woman? Will it be possible for Sarah to fall in love with him again in this new world? And is it too late to find a way back to the old world, and his old life?

Or will he be stuck forever in this other world, yearning for the green, green grass of home?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 675 pages
  • Publisher: Lilyhill Press (21 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071POC38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you want to learn more about Ian C.P. Irvine and be informed about his next book to be published, please register at

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Ian Irvine was brought up in Scotland, and studied Physics for far too many years, before travelling the world working for high-technology companies. Ian has spent a career helping build the internet and delivering its benefits to users throughout the world, well as helping to bring up a family. Ian enjoys writing, painting and composing in his spare time. His particular joy is found in taking scientific fact and creating a thrilling story around it in such a way that readers learn science whilst enjoying the thrill of the ride. It is Ian's hope that everyone who reads an I.C.P.Irvine novel will come away learning something interesting that they would never otherwise have found an interest in. Never Science fiction. Always science fact. With a twist.

The first of Ian's novels is a Genetic Conspiracy Thriller which explores the world of Stem Cell Research and encourages us all to ask some very searching questions about the advances that science is making, and how much we, or others, should let it affect society. A contemporary adventure, "The Orlando File" takes the reader around the world and back, and creates a unique moral dilemma that the reader cannot help get embroiled in: at the end, the reader must ask themself, what they would do in that situation?

His second novel "The Crown of Thorns" explores the power of genetics, explores the questions that the potential to clone humans will raise, and asks the ultimate question...what would happen if a scientist found a way to clone Jesus Christ?

Ian's third novel "London 2012 : What If?" departs from the world of genetics and explores an interesting possibility that Quantum Physics raises:the possibility for parallel worlds to exist alongside each other...and what would happen if a man who wondered what other types of lives he could be living had he made other choices, where unexpectedly to step from one world into another, similar but different, parallel world. "What If" is also an interesting vovage through human emotions, and many readers will find themselves asking themselves similar questions that lead character does as they read the book. As with both "The Crown of Thorns" and "The Orlando File", at the end of the book the reader is left thinking...and different readers may take away different views on how the novels did, or should have ended... It is hoped that in this way, the novels will make themselves ideal subjects for reading clubs or book clubs.

Ian's fourth book "The Sleeping Truth" is a departure from his fast paced medical and scientific thrillers, and is a contemporary novel inspired and based upon the tragic events that affected everyone who lived in London in 2005. The novel is fiction, and all characters in the novel, except one (the singer Helen Boulding), are imaginary. The novel tries to capture the spirit of London life in 2005. It is essentially a love story, but with every chapter there comes a new twist. As the pages roll by the main character becomes involved with a dilemma that changes and evolves and gets more complex with each passing day. And then, just as you think you have come to a happy ending, the world around Andrew Jardine collapses, and Andrew realises that nothing in his life was as it seemed. The novel explores the importance of trust in a relationship, and takes the main character on a voyage of discovery through which Andrew discovers that his whole life has been based upon a lie. But can he discover the truth and learn the vital lesson he needs, before it is too late? Or will he have lost the love of his life for ever...Okay, so perhaps it is a thriller after all... but a thriller of the heart!

Book Number Five has rapidly become an international besteller, first in the US, but now also in the UK where is has been the No.1. Medical Thriller since June 2013. Available either as a complete book: "Haunted from Within", or as two parts "Haunted From Within (Book One): Maciek's Story (which is FREE) and "Haunted From Within (Book Two): Peter's Story. Maciek's Story has already had over 90,000 downloads and in the UK has hundreds of reviews with an average rate of 4.72 stars out of five.

Book number Six was recently published and is a adventure thriller for everyone, with a bit of everything in it: Time Travel, Nuclear Weapons, Pirates from the 17th Century transported to the 21st Century, treasure, a pathogen plague that threatens to wipe out all humanity, romance,'s all there! : "21st Century Pirates Inc". (Also available in two parts, the first part which is Free!(Free to Pillage!)

There is also a Book number seven: "Alexis Meets Wiziwam the Wizard" -it's a charming story for six year olds learning to read, and tells the story of a little girl, Alexis, who discovers that a Wizard is teaching magic to fairies and goblins in her own school! She joins the class, learns to fly, and thwarts a secret plan by a bad goblin to destroy the world! Whereas all the other books are in part based on some essence of truth, "Alexis meets Wiziwam the Wizard is completely made up!"

Ian hopes that if you honour him by spending the time reading one his novels, that you will find it a positive experience, and enjoy it.

Please write to him and let him know what you think...and if you enjoy his works, please spread the word and tell your friends!

Happy Reading!

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you work in Canary Wharf, download this! 21 May 2012
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As one of the multitudes riding the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf, this book downloaded onto my Kindle made me feel like I was IN the story! and if you've been in London a long time and remember the whole Jubilee Line extension and Dome fiasco, you will get a wry chuckle out of this - what would have happened if ... an alternate timeline diverged somewhere in the 90s...? There was one material printing error (why is that so common on Kindle?) - he tells the professor his weight is 180kg (400lbs/28 stone) instead of 80kg (13 stone). This made me think the plot was going off in another track, then realised it was just a silly mistake - he later says he's 85kg - this is a major plot point - please correct!

Otherwise, a very interesting and "believable" tale due to the hero's confusion and identity crisis - if we are defined by our partner, job, home, looks, kids - then what would happen if all of that changed instantly, but just a bit - to a better job, better partner, better home, better body - would you be happy? Discuss.

Also really liked the alternate reality where Ian Rankin is an unknown, Prime Minister Miliband is in charge and Britain is in the euro - interesting!!
Wish the point of divergence had been pinpointed, that was never identified. So a fun read, especially for the millions of London commuters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 27 Mar 2012
By MaggieW
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This is one of those books that I wish I hadn't read..because I want to read it again for the first time! Sliding doors, "The Monkey's Paw", be careful what you wish for, the grass is always greener..this book covers all of these ideas and more. If you have ever travelled to work, the same journey every day, wondering if your fellow travellers have better jobs, whether they've achieved more, then this book certainly makes you think. The story touches on Quantum Theories, a subject in which I am interested but of which I understand little and makes the scenario plausible rather than pure fantasy. I wanted to read faster and faster as the story progressed; will he, won't he get back? And will he want to? As he finds that he enjoys, and is good at, his new role; finds happiness and learns that his greatest desire is (could be?) about to be realised what should he decide?
This was the first book I have read by Ian Irvine and have since downloaded "The Orlando File", which I am also enjoying, then I will get "Crown of Thorns" are there more? I certainly hope so.
If you read these reviews, Mr Irvine, please carry on doing what you're doing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 16 April 2012
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I enjoyed this thought provoking book. The ending especially had me pondering. It was an interesting concept for a story line. I live in Surrey and my husband commutes to work in London on the train so we could relate to the places mentioned. I did, however, find the many spelling errors quite annoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! 30 Mar 2013
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I absolutely loved this book, but almost didn't download it because I thought it was about the Olympics! I also thought the cover looked quite boring; so this is a typical case of "Don't judge a book by it's cover". This is a book for all those who have enjoyed any of the following films: The Family Man, Back To The Future, Big, Peggy Sue Got Married, Sliding Doors. Of course, this tells you that it's not exactly an original idea (the only reason,incidentally,for giving 4 stars and not 5)that Ian C.P Irvine has come up with- it's all been done before-
but so what? It's well written and just a cracking read. Enjoy!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a thought that must have struck us all at one time, `What if...?' or something we have idly contemplated but for James Quinn it became more than that.

Think `Life on Mars' meets `Sliding Doors' with a touch of Dan Brown thrown in for good measure. Loved the idea of what might have happened to James had things been different and how he dealt with his new life. The whole concept made me really wonder whether his new life was better than his old life - which one should he choose? I found myself sympathising with his dilemma, especially as the longer he spent in his new life, the higher the stakes became. The scenes between James and his father, I found very poignant and touching.

I thought the old professor from university was a great character. I can't say physics was ever my subject, but there was enough in here to make the theory plausible and understandable, without it going right over my head.

There are some fun differences in James' new life - one which brought a wry smile was the trains running on time, always with somewhere to sit and commuters enjoying their journey. Anyone having experienced the rush hour commute into London would understand. Other little things were threaded throughout the novel which, again, had me wondering `what if?'

I can't comment too much on the ending, as this would be a terrible spoiler, suffice to say, I have spent all day thinking about it.

There are some great questions at the end to ponder and would make excellent talking points for book clubs.

So, all in all, a really thought provoking read that invokes compassion, understanding, me almost shouting at James at times and a fair bit of day dreaming on my part. Am now off to ride the Jubilee Line, after all, I know how to get back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
Having read non-fiction 'What if?' alternate history books and enjoyed them, I thought I'd give 'London 2012: What If?' a try. Read more
Published 8 days ago by PJ Preston
3.0 out of 5 stars Sudden ending
I have read a few of the authors books and overall a good read and enthralling throughout. BUT this novel and the previous one which I incidentally read immediately prior to this... Read more
Published 9 days ago by AngleDownUnder
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read
I liked the concept of the story and the absorbing style, plus feedback from the author following a misunderstanding about a duplicate publication which promptly resolved the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by grahams views
3.0 out of 5 stars good story but
Amazon recommended me to this writer after I read a book called 'Hgni - The Light-bearer' (by Winter Morris) which was totally out of my comfort zone and not my usual read but... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting read
Love this author. This is the third of his I have now read and just starting a fourth. The story line in each book are varied and equally compelling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by scooby doo
5.0 out of 5 stars What If it is only a good story!
In fact this work of fiction is a superb story very well told. A must read and a super idea which is well written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by johnnybox
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a read
I have now read three of Ian C P Irvine's books and this one is the best so far - I think, The author has such intriguing
ideas and carries them out in page turners although... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gwennienm
3.0 out of 5 stars London 2012 What if?
Very strange and some time I found it a bit difficult to work out where the main character was and what he really wanted.
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Ya know i always wonder if there really is a parralell world,, wow De Ja Vue come to mind alot after reading this lol. Read more
Published 6 months ago by pete roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars What if
Really good story couldn't put it down will tell all my friends who like to read about it love stories like this
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