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Quantum Leap Prelude Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1994

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books; paperback / softback edition (Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441000762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441000760
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,452,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The opening of `Quantum Leap' has to be one of the best in TV history as Sam Beckett steps into the accelerator and vanishes, but how did he get there? Ashley McConnell looks to answer this question in `Quantum Leap: Prelude'. Unlike the other novelisations of the show, `Prelude' is set entirely before the events seen on TV and has a far more grounded feeling to it. This is the book that details Dr Beckett and Al's frustrations in trying to get the Quantum Leap project funded. All sounds very dry, but in the background there is a group known as the Anti-Luddites, their goal is to push technological advancements no matter the cost. What better way to achieve this but by making the smartest man alive a Martyr to the cause?

There is a dark tone that underpins the first half of `Prelude' that makes it an effective thriller, however, as the book progresses it becomes more bogged down with the internal politics of funding and less interesting. By the end there is a thrilling set piece, but also an auditing process. They don't really gel well together. McConnell certainly knows their stuff when it comes to the characters involved, both Sam and Al are well developed. It was also interesting to get to know Ziggy a little more and the facility that houses him. However, this is the type of stuff that will only appeal to strong fans of the show, a journeyman reader will just be a little bored with seemingly inane details.

I sit somewhere between these two camps, the book was thrilling as I am a fan, but I also found it a little bland in places. The first half promises a thrill ride with potential time travelling shenanigans, but in the end it is more about bureaucracy than string theory.
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I loved the TV show Quantum Leap back in the 1980s, and we’re all enjoying the DVD version too.

I picked the book up second-hand out of curiosity, and found it well-written, giving good insights into Sam’s mind and confusion as he finds himself in a situation totally unfamiliar to him – and yet clearly well-known by those around him.

Probably not of much interest to anyone other than fans of the TV series, however.
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A very entertaining Quantum Leap novel, and one that reads most like watching an episode of the TV show, rather than using the novel format to explore stories that you wouldn't see on TV. Sam leaps into a crippled worker at a funfair, and has to stop someone sabotaging the rides and killing innocent people... including, of course, a young lady from the romantic subplot.
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This is an excellent novel that features the evil version of Quantum Leap, who are trying to defeat Sam by putting things wrong! It gives us lots more insight into the evil Leapers, as well as plenty of action back at the Project as they try to keep up with the changing timelines caused by two Leapers meeting. Excellent stuff!!!
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