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London 2012 : What If ? ( A Romantic Thriller ): (Omnibus Edition containing Book One and Book Two) by [IRVINE, IAN C.P.]
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About the Author

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,...as 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 but get embroiled in: at the end, the reader must ask themself, what would they 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 parallel world. Ian's fourth novel, 'Marrying Slovakia',is a romantic thriller that takes place in London, UK in the year 2005. Marrying Slovakia is a story about relationships, and how without trust, love cannot survive. Perhaps one of the first novels to tell this story from the eyes of a man, it will make you laugh, cry, and stop and think. Unlike the very fast paced thrillers Ian has written, Marrying Slovakia starts more slowly, builds steadily, then speeds on to an unexpected conclusion. Happy Reading!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1809 KB
  • Print Length: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Lilyhill Gripping Top 10 Romantic Time Travel Thriller Press (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071POC38
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 272 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I;ve revised my opinion of this book simply because of the fact that it isn't two books at all, it is simply one book which is split in to two volumes, neither of them being any good without the other. I deplore this way of making me buy a book. The story is a good one and I am enjoying reading it (having bought 'part two'). It's different and worth reading and I may well have bought it anyway. The second part actually carries on from the first part with no preamble, apart from warning you that it is the second part. Even the chapter numbers carry on.

Please stop splitting books up in this way. If they are worth buying then they are worth buying.
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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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“London 2012: What If?” – Ian C P Irvine – Omnibus Edition (Books 1 & 2)

I like Ian Irvine books and have a number of them. This one interested me as I worked for many years at London Underground. The book surprised me as it was very different to my expectation (perhaps I should have read to other reviews before I started), and it took me quite a while to get into it. But, once I did, I found it an excellent read and I couldn’t put it down.

In common with other Ian Irvine books, the Amazon Kindle price is good value when compared with the paperback version. It is also a single book split for reasons unknown into 2 volumes. That is strange as both need to be read to get the full benefit – indeed, the 2nd book just carries straight on where book 1 ended with no preamble. Even the chapter numbers just go straight on. So, buy the Kindle omnibus edition rather than 2 separate books!

As I said above, this ‘romantic thriller’ is a very good read which, in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot is excellent and centres round the life of James Quinn. His dreams are answered and he finds himself in an alternative reality where he has a great job, a beautiful wife and a fantastic house. I particularly like that the Prime Minister is a certain Mr Miliband and the UK is in the Euro! That’s a nice touch and rather amusing.

However, James like most of us, is never happy and dreams of his old life, his children and, in particular his wife. Can he find her in this new reality? What will he do if he does? I did find his character a tad frustrating at times (and desperately wanted to throttle him)! But overall, a good book and well worth the time to read it – or both books rather! Anyone who commutes every day, will find this a brilliant read. The only reason I have given the book 4 stars, is the annoying decision to split the whole story into 2 volumes.
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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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I enjoy time travel stories and downloaded it assuming it would be. But it's a book about alternate realities, parallel worlds, timeline divergence rather than time travel per se. It all happens to the main character in the same time but in a different reality and wouldn't really call it a thriller. It's a mixture of Groundhog Day (a man becoming a better person) , It's a wonderful Life (finding what it's like without his past life) and Somwhere in Time (finding love, losing it and finding it again - but you're not sure in which reality!). The character, James, seemed to be a bit of an idiot early on and it took some time for him to grasp his situation. Once he did the book(s) got interesting and to be honest I couldn't put them down. I didn't realise that it was in two parts and you had to get the second book to complete the story - no problem with that as the first was free and the second cheap. I ended up really enjoying the story. The 'technical' bits with the Professor and his theories seemed somewhat contrived but I suppose it helped move the story along. Overall a very enjoyable bit of nonsense.
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