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4.0 out of 5 stars A Time for Change, 9 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Replacement Phenomenon (Kindle Edition)
When I was handed this book to review I didn't relish the task. It is rare that I am asked to review anything with a science fiction angle because I tend to start from the skeptical viewpoint that the writer is trying to excuse an outrageous plot. A little while ago I reviewed the Dennis Batchelder book Soul Intent and gave it a mixed review for that reason.
The fact is that Will Thurston, Dennis Batchelder and others have a great idea and they think it will make a great book. Not always, I'm afraid, but read on.
In this book you are faced with a young main character, understandably raging at the forces who allowed his family to be taken from him. You are then asked to join him in a journey that has him reliving days to try to correct a great injustice. A similar theme was visited in the film premonition starring Sandra Bullock and written by Bill Kelly, but it was not done well, in this respect the Thurston book triumphs.
As I read The Replacement Phenomenon I became engaged with the main character who felt real to me, I found myself feeling his anguish and sharing his frustration, Will if you are reading this its a good habit to form.
Unusually, even for a critic, I completed the book in a single sitting (more or less) and was entertained. A Booker Prize winner it isn't but thrillers that engage and entertain rarely make the list. For the price it is a bargain and a whole lot better than many of the books I read that are marketed at £7.99 for the paperback and up to £9.99 for the Kindle version. In short it is a worthwhile thriller with a twist and a good read from a new author, I don't think you will be disappointed if you download it.
Come on Will show us all that you aren't a one book wonder. Who knows maybe even I'll become a sci fi fan.
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