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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481928619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481928618
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,247,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M.R. Dowsing lives in London and works as a bookseller by day. He also makes music under the name Hungry Dog Brand and is a regular contributor to R2 (Rock’n’Reel) magazine. His first name is Martin and this is his first novel.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I learned of it through the goodreads time travel group, proceeded to download the sample, and just had to buy the book in order to learn more!

I read reviews often, and constantly hear of a particular book being impossible to put down. I, more often than not, disagree with this appraisal. However this novel pleasantly surprised me, and was one such example.

I found the atmosphere described almost palpable, and felt as if I was almost there.

The only reason I have given 4 stars as opposed to five, is because I felt the characters were not as fleshed out as I would have liked. I think this is because the central theme overshadowed them somewhat, and of course the length of the novel, which was a little bit on the short side.

The ending also, while unexpected, was not perhaps as explosive as I would have preferred.

Overall though, I thoroughly recommend this.
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This book kept me guessing right until the very end. I really enjoyed the time travelling storyline, it was written with so much detail it gave a really different feel from other books that I have read about that period. My only grumble is that it took over my life for a couple of days as I was eager to get to the end and find out how it all worked out for everyone:)
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I must come clean and say that I know M R Dowsing well, and also that
I have never reviewed a book before.

This is his Dowsing's first novel, but he has been writing songs for
many years. I first saw him perform when we were on the same bill
sometime in 2003. His "group", The Hungry Dog Brand, consisted only of
a guitar-playing singer (Dowsing) and a drummer. I was transfixed from
the opening line of the first song, and asked if he wanted a
bass-player. At that time, he had just released an EP, produced by
Stiff Records legend, Wreckless Eric. I ended up performing and
recording with him for several years.

This might not seem relevant to a book review, but the thing that most
struck me about M R's songs, in contrast to most other underground
songwriters, is that many of them are written from unusual points of
view. They have more in common with historical fiction than they do
with the egocentric self-expression, most singer-songwriters go for.
His songs have included observations from the perspectives of
characters as diverse a drunken lout, a returning WW1 veteran and a
nostalgic octogenarian widower.

So, onto the book:

I was initially surprised by his turn of phrase. It seems slightly
formal given the 21st century young London professional protagonist.
However, the sober style allows the book to come across as the memoir
of someone who is keen to ensure that his bizarre story is believed.

The novel is in the form of a well-constructed, first-person thriller,
but the perspectives and conflicts of the minor characters make it
unusually thought-provoking.
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A truly compelling narrative and a very detailed historical reasearch make this book what it is: an unmissable tale about the morally ambiguous quest of a man who wants to do good when presented with a privilege no one else before him has had. The premise itself is appealing and Dowsing manages to develop it masterfully. The tension and anguish of the main character are sensibly and thorougly explored, drawing the reader more into it as the story develops.Inevitably, you find yourself relating to the man, suffering and celebrating with him, and that is precisely what makes this book so hard to put down once you start it (i read it all in a matter of days).

On top of that, the historical background is skillfully described in detais, giving the narrative the credibility it deserves. The scene where the protagonist witnesses one of Hitler's speech is beautifully crafted. It will bring chills to your spine, believe me.

M R Dowsing's first novel is a major accomplishment. I look forward to what comes next!
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I met the author, who is also a singer/songwriter at a gig in September and he told me about his book. I enjoyed the quirky, observational style of his songs and was curious to read this book and downloaded it straight away.
I thought it was well written and elegant and understated in style. For some reason reminded me of Saki's work (although I haven't read any for 30 years so may be very falsely remembered!)

I found myself gripped by the story and the ideas in it - eg if the assassination was successful, how would it affect the future - would the central character have been born at all? Would he be able to travel back to where he came from? I read it very quickly as the story kept me gripped throughout. I thought the characters well described and intriguing. There were surprises and twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle to see what would happen next!
The only things I think could be improved are in the proofreading/editing dept as there were spelling/typing errors and one of the passages about Nazi Germany seemed too long and slightly text book like compared to other more 'bedded in' historical background elements of the novel.
I hope this comes out as a physical book soon, and I also hope MR Dowsing writes another book before too long. I have recommended this book to others.
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