The breathtaking new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Wired.
What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not millions of years back, to the age of the dinosaur. Not even a minute back. What if you could send something back only a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an event, or win a lottery.
Nathan Wexler is a brilliant physicist who thinks he's found a way to send matter a split second back into the past. But before he can even confirm his findings, he and his wife-to-be, Jenna Morrison, find themselves in a battle for their very lives. Because while time travel to an instant earlier seems useless, Jenna comes to learn that no capability in history has ever been more profound or far reaching. Now, as Jenna fights to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against her, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance....
Containing a stunningly unique slant on time travel, Split Second is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have listeners pondering the natures of time and reality long after the end.
©2015 Douglas E. Richards (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SFBook.com)
"Richards is a tremendous new talent." (Stephen Coonts)
"[Richards can] keep you turning the pages all night long." (Douglas Preston)
I chose this as an audio book for my drive to work. For this, it is nice easy listening. The story was quite reasonable but the characters were awkwardly shallow. A good choice for adults with basic reading skills or adults who want a very simple book to occupy them while doing other activities.
"I finally found my replacement for Crichton"
Looks like I finally found my replacement for the late, great Crichton
Split Second is a book about time travel… but not really. What if you couldn’t go back to the age of the dinosaurs, or even watch your birth. But, you could only go back a fraction of a fraction of a second. Literally less than a blink of an eye. What good would that do? Apparently, two rival corporations and agencies know what, and will kill to find out more.
The narration was done by Kevin Pariseau was excellent. The hard science within this could have been a tongue twister for many narrators and readers alike, and Pariseau cruised through it like a hot knife through butter. Pariseau’s voice was perfect for this, sophisticated and smart. The accents he uses and the different dialects were all really well done and added to the story nicely.
Okay, I took a night to compose myself from this book, it made me feel and think things that books don’t normally do. I’m a fan of the technothriller genre. Ever since I started reading Michael Crichton, I was hooked. He just had a way of writing both scientifically compelling and incredibly thrilling fiction. I’ve found a few authors since then that fit the bill and seem to quench my insatiable thirst for more Crichton (RIP). But, Richards may be my new key.
Split Second was a book that started out with a bang, literally — a murder of a top physicist who was working on a new theory that he had only shown to one person. From there it was an incredible whirlwind of great storytelling and character development.
Character-wise, Aaron Blake needs to be seen again, I’m not sure if Richards even writes with certain characters in mind, but Blake was amazing. He was absolutely everything you would want out of a protagonist: smart, cunning, incredibly good at getting out of bad situations–what more could you ask for? Seriously, Aaron Blake needs another novel!
Jenna Morrison’s character was really interesting too, she had gone through so much in such a short amount of time that it was really fun to watch her characters developmental arc.
The two main antagonists were also amazing, and one of them turns out not the way you expected them to be. Always wonderful when a book can misdirect you like that without leaving you feeling betrayed.
Overall, the story itself was the main blockbuster here, but the supporting cast makes this an easy 5-star book. Douglas E. Richards has skyrocket to the top of my authors list and I will be voraciously reading his other books now.
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"My favorite Richards book!"
This is a good one D. Richards keeps getting better, I loved the character development and the science part was cool. It starts good but from there gets progressively more and more interesting.
For certain especially after we are introduced to all the players and learn a little more about there motives.
Very good clean and not distracting the way I like it.
This is not a old school time travel for example going back in time to spend some time with King Arthur (if he did in fact exist) or to stop the assassination of JFK but rather as the description says what if the farthest we could possibly go back is less than half a second. What could possibly be done in such a short amount of time (or space) if anything? If that even somewhat interest you then you should read this book, I will not spoil anything for you but the author has some cool ideas.
"Amazing spin on time travel"
What an awesome story. Very surprising and gripping. You get to see time travel in a whole new way.
"Wait .45 of a second will you!??"
Not in the top 1/4, but definitely in the top 1/2, and I listen to a lot of books!
Lee Radulin ( sp? ) was interesting in how manipulative and smart he really was. His nemesis, Evan Wright, was strong as well, but sort of went of the rails at the end.
Clearly voiced the characters respectfully, consistently and thoughtfully. A fine reading.
I certainly tried to. It's a relatively long book, but worth the time.
Get it. It is part of a new subset of time travel books that I am enjoying a great deal recently and does add to the genre. OK it get's somewhat "pie in the sky" at the end, but that does not take away too much from the overall offering.
after investing hours into this book and wondering how someone in the present could benefit by something sent to the past, I discover with 2 hours left in the book that somehow they can send something back to themselves originating in their own timeline..what? This only works if you can time travel to the future... Well, it was fun while it lasted. I found the narration annoying, the voices and accents were consistent but they were kind of cliched and ruined the characters. Beyond the disappointing science/scifi, the writing was sophomoric and stiff. I can see that I will not be reading book 2 any time in the future...
I agree with another reviewer, Mr. Richards has written a book on the same scale as Crichton. The science is way beyond me, but the explanation of same makes one ponder the "reality.". Highly recommend!
I could only take a couple hours of listening to this... Corny/caricatured dialogue, characters, and plot progression... Very melodramatic, and not in a good way;) Felt like I was listening to an exceptionally poor acted movie... Rife w/ awkward use of language and conversation... At one point it's actually explained to us that they're called thunb drives bc they're no bigger than a thumb... Really?? Like I said awkward...Premise and what there is of an early plot are quite unrealistic, and to top it off the narration is uninspiring at best... I'm absolutely returning this stinker...
""No time like the present", Knight said."
Not as much scifi as I expected, but a good thriller nonetheless. The beginning was a bit slow and it took me a while to get into it, but it is well worth sticking with it. There is some pretty good discussion of time and time travel which is interesting in itself aside from its relation to the story.
A brilliant scientist has made a time travel discovery and it is on a thumb drive and in the cloud. Two groups are trying to get this information and the scientist's girlfriend is caught in the middle:she has possession of it and they want it. She goes on the run and enlists the help of a former military man turned PI.
Moves and countermoves, a megalomaniac, possible world domination, time travel and a strong female lead are some of the components of the story. Interesting ending that I did not quite see coming. Listening to this book was time well spent.
Kevin Pariseau gave a fine reading, as usual.
Well-told story; loved the exploration into time-travel theory on the lay level, and ethics.
Narrator is distracting at first because he sounds a bit like a pompous announcer, but once I got used to his cadence, the story kept my attention.
A decent idea for a plot that under delivered. Instead of leading the reader through disovery and adventure this was a modicum of uncreative action followed by long unbelievable conversation explaining the entire plot amongst heros and protagonist. reminded me of the old Batman series with Adam West, where the villain would explain in extreme detail his evil plans for no apparent reason .
Science that started good and real quickly turned into made up drivel that conflicted with itself and led the story into unbelievable state.
The narration did appear to get a bit better towards the end but the first half reminded me of a 50s documentary not so much any attempt to truely bring the characters to life.
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