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Doing Time: a hilarious new spinoff from the Chronicles of St Mary's series (The Time Police Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Another wonderfully imaginative story, filled with warmth, humour and bureaucratic ineptitude . . . reading Jodi's books is like the feeling you get snuggling down in a duvet with a lovely hot cup of tea on hand―SFF World
I think I might have a few books to add to my ever-growing backlog!―Espresso Coco
Inventive and entertaining... a fast-paced and fun first book in what promises to be an excellent new series―British Fantasy Society
Inventive and entertaining... a fast-paced and fun first book in what promises to be an excellent new series―Culturefly
Takes readers on a carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in―Publishers Weekly (on Just One Damned Thing...)
The humour is very Pratchettian―SciFi Pulse --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Jodi Taylor is the internationally bestselling author of the Chronicles of St Mary's series, the story of a bunch of disaster prone individuals who investigate major historical events in contemporary time. Do NOT call it time travel! She is also the author of the Time Police series - a St Mary's spinoff and gateway into the world of an all-powerful, international organisation who are NOTHING like St Mary's. Except, when they are.
Alongside these, Jodi is known for her gripping supernatural thrillers featuring Elizabeth Cage together with the enchanting Frogmorton Farm series - a fairy story for adults.
Born in Bristol and now living in Gloucester (facts both cities vigorously deny), she spent many years with her head somewhere else, much to the dismay of family, teachers and employers, before finally deciding to put all that daydreaming to good use and write a novel. Nearly twenty books later, she still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up.
- ASIN : B07TF5YS7N
- Publisher : Headline; Reprint edition (October 17, 2019)
- Publication date : October 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6009 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,285 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For as long as Matthew has been around in this series, he's still without much presence. His hair makes numerous appearances, and we get told again that he likes the Star Map. With Jane and Luke we get told things about their lives and histories. Jane dives in to protect her team members from bullies, overcoming personal hesitancy about life in general. Luke tomcats around before suddenly finding his True Personal Strength. A random female villain who seems to be Bitchface Barkley 2 makes a brief appearance. Max makes a brief appearance during an historical moment, but seems to be flattened by stereotyped descriptions of her character and interactions with the Time Police. ("Mother-in-law from hell . . .")
The best of the St. Mary's series uses interesting historical scenarios, a well-developed cast of supporting characters, humor that mostly occurs from the juxtaposition of character and situation, and a sense that the characters are in a fight to continue an important mission. I hope the Time Police series can improve to match the original series. I'll keep reading to find out!
In ‘Doing Time’, Ms. Taylor has moved from St. Mary’s to their arch rival, the dreaded Time Police. It must have a challenge for her to write, as in her St. Mary’s novels the members of the Time Police are, with just a very, very few exceptions, illiterate Neanderthal buffoons who run around the time line shooting people for the hell of it.
We learn that this description is inaccurate. No more than maybe two-thirds are monosyllabic thugs (for whom it’s hard to write dialogue); most of the rest are just doing their jobs until they can retire, if they survive that long. And a few— a few are good, decent human beings, hoping to guide the organization in more suitable directions, and happily they are in leadership positions. If the aforementioned illiterate, brutal thugs don’t manage to violently remove them, there is hope for change.
Into this interesting mess is inserted a group of three misfits, who are our protagonists. One is the wastrel son of a mega-billionaire, a young man who has taken responsibility for nothing in his life. Luke Parrish has not so much joined the Time Police he has been, in his own words, trafficked to the organization— his father made quite a large donation to the Widows and Orphans Fund in exchange for their accepting Luke, who had no say in the transaction.
Luke is joined by Jane Lockland, a young woman who has not so much been raised by her grandmother as beaten down by her. She carries a notebook in which she lists everything she hears, in the vain hopes of getting nothing wrong. She has volunteered for the Time Police because she has nowhere else to go. Why they accepted her is another question.
The third member of our unlikely triad is Matthew Farrell, only son of Dr. Lucy “Max” Maxwell and Chief Technical Officer Leon Farrell, both of the Institute of Historical Research at St. Mary’s Priory, where they study historical events in contemporary time (not to be confused with time travel). Young Matthew— he doesn’t actually know how old he is, which is another story— had been partly brought up at Time Police headquarters for his own protection (he’d already been kidnapped and abused once by someone trying to get at his parents and St. Mary’s). He’d joined up largely because the Time Police maintained the Time Map, a room-sized depiction of Time which Matthew could somehow comprehend and even manipulate with his mind.
None of the three young people is, on the face of it, a decent candidate for the Time Police. Their collision with the Time Police is the stuff of which delightful comic novels are written.
Highly recommended, particularly to those who’ve first read the St. Mary’s novels.
We're introduced to Team Weird: Matthew--yes, our own Matthew Farrell, last seen as a boy in "Hope for the Best"--Jane, and Luke. We get to see some of their training, as well as the trouble they get themselves into. There's action, there's adventure, there's character growth. Oh, and we also get some of the St. Mary's crowd as an added bonus.
It also has one of the best lines ever: "Luke--I am your father." I laughed for three minutes after reading that.
A superbly satisfying read on all levels. I look forward to the next in the series!
Bottom line this book is wonderful. Yes Max is still a Tiger where her son is concerned. She and Leon play a small role in this book. READ The First book in the St. Mary's chronicles. This book has many of our old friends in it.
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I fully intended to keep my 'favourite' badge for Matthew, because we know him already and I had no wish to warm to the other members of his team...ha, ha. Hahaha. I would follow any of them, anywhere. Jane is amazing. Her arc was thoroughly satisfying. I loved that some old friends from St Mary's popped up, really loved seeing them, but I would have been okay, story wise, if our new heroes had had to manage on their own. And I say that as someone who was highly sceptical that the - boo, hiss - Time Police would ever capture my heart in the same way. (That is NOT a challenge to leave anyone out in future. All stories are improved with added Markham!)
I would love to list some of the laugh-out-loud moments, but I think it’s better for readers to trip over them themselves. Just know that I lost count of the times I wanted to share a bit with anyone in the vicinity. Especially near the end. In the office. I’m giggling just thinking of the line.
Not enough stars to do this justice. I loved it.
There is trouble brewing in the Time Police as old ways and new ways collide. Change does not come easily for many. The question is can the Time Police embrace changes and become an organisation to be proud of rather than 0ne that is feared. Only time will tell.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I enjoy The Chronicles of St Mary's mostly because Jodi Taylor did such a good job making the reader really dislike the Time Police at the end of her last book so I was surprised how early I was drawn into the story and I can't wait for the next instalment
If you enjoyed Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series then I'm sure you'll love this new series too.
For centuries the Time Police have brutally stopped any time travel, the last ditch attempt to stop the universe imploding from the meddling in history of corporations, countries and individuals who just want to know Saturday's winning lottery numbers. But now the major threat has gone the Time Police find themselves dinosaurs, the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut. The Commander is trying to change the Time Police, less killing of anyone in a five mile vicinity and more proportionate response, but the old guard don't want to change.
Three oddball new recruits join the Time Police: Matthew, a man who was kidnapped by a time-travelling criminal who took him to Victorian England and sold him as a chimney sweep. Matthew is the son of the notorious Max (from St Mary's) but has eschewed St Mary's for the Time Police. Then there is Luke, the spoilt playboy who's own father bribed the Time Police to take him for two years to teach him a lesson (think military school in the future. Finally, there's Jane, a runaway from her grandmother, she is short and timid - hardly the image the TIme Police want to promote.
Inevitably Like, Matthew and Jane become a team, because none of the other recruits want to work with them, their approach may not be orthodox but somehow they manage to successfully complete their first two assignments.
Who doesn't love a group of misfits succeeding despite their ineptitude? Throw in Julius Caesar, a giant rabbit and a 21st Century family and I was hooked. Loved this start to what promises to be a fun new series with all the humour of St Mary's.