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Feedback (First Contact) Paperback – February 9, 2014
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 9, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 460 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1495491951
- ISBN-13 : 978-1495491955
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.04 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But sometimes, as in “Feedback”, Time Travel is both taken seriously as a physics hypothesis—and is neither let loose to cover everything nor confined to where it hardly matters. In “Feedback” we are treated to a nice demonstration of how a Time-Travel premise can be tweeked into something that both preserves the past and yet allows for human determination to help shape the ultimate future.
This story gives a new level to the term flash-back, as we bounce back and forth from two different story-lines, both equally engaging and both quite distinct until nearly the end, when all things become, at last, not just tied together, but twisted into an infinite loop. And it is a rare book that saves the surprise ending for an extended epilogue—and for that new experience, for this old, old bookworm, I have to thank Mr. Cawdron.
Having just finished reading this enthralling story, I suspect that I could spend a great deal of time poking holes in it—Time-Travel tales are notoriously loose-logical. But this book keeps you moving right along—and it would take a keener mind than mine to have noticed any glaring errors during the course of my reading. And, hey, if it’s good enough to support the willing suspension of disbelief until the last page, it’s hardly fair of the reader to try and tear it apart, after the fact—we’ll leave that to the poor fool who has to write the screenplay adaptation.
I would have to give the author a nod simply for writing a Time-Travel story that I enjoyed. But “Feedback” was more than just acceptable—it was a great sci-fi ride through space, time, and science—and that’s all I ask from any book.
Being an avid sci-fi reader I've come to associate hard sci-fi with bad character development, as opposed to 'soft' sci-fi with good character development. Not so for Peter Cawdron. He (seemingly) effortlessly builds and develops very real characters, blending them with a solid dose of scientific facts and spins it all in compelling plots that tend to challenge the common assumption about a given subject in a very refreshing style.
Reading anything from Peter Cawdron is almost a guarantee, for a very solid, enjoyable read. Cawdron is like the Freddie Mercury of writing, his repertoire is broad and he appears equally at home, whether the subject being space, aliens, zombies, crime, love or humor.
It's clear from reading Cawdron's work, that he genuinely loves science. He seems to suck up new concepts and ideas like a Dyson, and isn't afraid to venture into quite a bit of research to come up with plausible and enjoyable new takes on almost any subject. On top of that the majority of his plots reveals a very reflected approach to all things about being human in different society structures, as well as to the risks/rewards of several technological and behavioral trends we face both as individuals and as a (human) race.
One notable feature of Cawdron's artfully crafted books, is, that there's no common denominator in plot development, or at least none I recognize. Some authors seems to build their plots from a template, that after three or four books, makes you sigh 'here we go again, boriiiing...', right before terminating your reader relationship. The unpredictable plot structure of Cawdron's worth, even after having read about fifteen of his books, deserves high praise.
Cawdron has easily joined the exclusive club of my all time favorite authors, being in good company with people such as Alastair Reynolds, Ramez Naam, Iain Banks, Cixin Liu, Richard Morgan, JRR Tolkien, Neal Stephenson, Ann Leckie, and several others.
I did not find this in Feedback. The science amounted to no more than name-dropping. The story seemed more suited to Hollywood, with lots of bang-bang and puppy love. And I did not find the time travel aspects convincing or particularly meaningful. I finished the book, mostly due to Cawdron's solid writing style. But in every other respect, I wondered how it came from the same author. Choose another of his, but I don't recommend Feedback.
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The paradox theories expressed in this tale are always going to be fun or over-whelming depending on how much thought you give it. I also loved the idea of inter-galactic travel being possible not because of speed but time.
There were plot holes galore and some really frustrating glaring nonsense. But on balance this was very readable. Except the Epilogue. I wish I had just not bothered reading that. In fact, I'd advise anyone not to read it. It;s as if a different person had written it and hacked the book at the printers and snuck it in. Dreadful.
The only ‘down’ I had reading this book was that I thought it become clichéd at points, which disappointed me, but there was a reason for the clichéd actions and it left me smiling as I got sucked in!
Having read Mars Endeavour first and then Feedback with great enjoyment I will be working my way through his other titles in the coming weeks.
Once you get used to the back and forth between the past and present events, they add to the tension.
Also, just when you think you know where the plot is going, another twist in the tale happens.
Well done! Recommended.