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Now, Then, and Everywhen (Chronos Origins Book 1) Kindle Edition
From the bestselling author of the Chronos series comes a page-turning novel of time travel, fast-paced action, and history-changing events.
When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline?
In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.
In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows.
As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?
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“Walker (the CHRONOS Files series) opens the CHRONOS Origins series with this ambitious time-travel adventure…a twisty narrative that expertly blends the past and the future. Fans of intelligent time-travel stories will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Walker’s (Courier to the Stars, 2019, etc.) CHRONOS Files series will enjoy seeing the pieces of that mythology falling into place here, but new readers can easily jump in to this origin story with no prior knowledge. An enjoyable, mind-bending time-travel adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will eagerly anticipate the next entry in the CHRONOS Origins saga.” —Booklist
“A fantastic adventure introducing new, wonderful characters…If you enjoyed Rysa Walker’s CHRONOS Files, you’ll love Now, Then, and Everywhen.” —Boing Boing
“How fortunate that the CHRONOS Origins is a prequel series, making Now, Then, and Everywhen the perfect book to kick-start my Rysa Walker addiction.” —Supanova
From the Publisher
In the future world that bestselling author Rysa Walker imagines, where time travel is possible, there are those who study history by literally traveling to it. But, as historian Tyson Reyes finds out, there’s always the danger that one misstep could erase everything. When he encounters another traveler, one who could hold the key to the science of time travel itself, the two must join forces to figure out what, or who, may have caused a massive shift in the timeline.
Understanding our history is crucial to ensuring our world evolves the way we hope it will, avoiding previous mistakes, and charting a course to a civilization that makes our ancestors proud. As Walker blends our past and an imagined future, I began to realize just how precarious our present truly is, and I’m thankful that this novel’s characters are there to guide the way.
- Adrienne Procaccini, Editor
- ASIN : B07SLZC6FX
- Publisher : 47North (April 1, 2020)
- Publication date : April 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4010 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 503 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,153 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As you will gather from the title, this book is about time travel. Told in the first person, chapters are interspersed with snippets from other sources such as newspaper articles, some fictional, some not. The author provides a handy guide at the end of the book to help you sort fact from fiction.
This book is what I characterize as a beach read. It’s enjoyable, breezy fun. You won’t be tripped up by vocabulary. You won’t be intellectually challenged, but given the Civil Rights Movement context of this novel, you might unexpectedly learn a little something.
In the end, the story both wraps up and leads you straight into the sequel.
BOTTOM LINE: A captivating fast-paced time travel novel. One in a series, but works well as a standalone.
I suppose what tended to lessen the enjoyment was the over-use, or, rather, the forced use of the f-word. Mind you, I’m no prude. Heck, I enjoy Stephen King and the late Elmore Leonard as much as anyone, but, in this story, with these characters, the word just didn’t strike me as authentic. It felt forced, almost...well, never mind. It simply didn’t work as well as it could have.
Actually, what I mean is this. Well into the story, there is a romantic scene that IS tastefully shown WITHOUT over-showing. This is a stimulating display that let’s us see.... Had the language been on par with the romance, I’d be rating it five stars.
A fun, if imperfect, novel with enjoyable characters worth my time.
Four stars out of five.
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It ticks all the boxes: character, plot, settings, dialogue are all spot on. I love the era they travel back to and the complexity of the problems they solve. I'd highly recommend reading it.
This book REALLY filled the bill.
This book was okay. I love time travel and this book is time travel from the future to the 20th Century. The concept of an organisation of historians who investigate history through experiencing it was really interesting. I liked that each historian had a very specific topic they covered, such as religion, gender, or music from 1960's USA.
I didn't realise when I selected this book that it's a prequel to a whole series of books. As it was a prequel I didn't think it would matter too much that I haven't read the other books. However, I found myself feeling like I was missing the significance of people mentioned. There were a lot of name in this book - I was even struggling to keep track of Madi's family to be honest, never mind the time traveling historians or the people of historical significance!
I've put this book under "alternate history" but there wasn't a huge amount of "alternate" about it. Thanks to a plot McGuffin, we don't really get to see how things would look if various events of the 60's had been different.
Overall, this book was okay. An interesting premise, but very complicated to follow and loads of names!