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This book is less about science fiction and more about romance. There is some time travel but most of the novel, by far, deals with budding romance and other relationship issues. This is the second book in a series. I have not read the first book and was a bit confused at the beginning of this one. I recommend potential readers read Time Tsunami before beginning this one.
Dr. Dan Ableman is the inventor of time travel and the founder of TEMCO. He is actually a minor character in this book as employees of his have all the adventures. The company sends people back in time to counsel would be murderers, people contemplating suicide, etc. Lives are changed as a result.
There are some interesting issues that arise in a novel with time travel. Older selves can meet younger selves and encourage them with a view of the success they've become. A son meets his father, having traveled back in time, before his father has even married.
That brings up the pesky question in Christian science fiction with time travel as to whether man can change the course of history. Poppa, an older Dan having traveled back in time, knows what is going to happen so can direct people and their actions. For example, he says at one point, “You must save her, she's your future wife.” Knowing he is going to marry the woman tells us she will be rescued, thus taking away much of the potential tension in the plot. Nonetheless, Rotharmel did a pretty good job of presenting this complex issue in an entertaining way.
While there is not much old fashioned science fiction in the novel (space ships, photon guns), there is plenty of action. There is a really bad guy who wants to destroy TEMCO and he manages to capture some of the employees and torture them. Some of it is a little gruesome. Oddly enough, characters in the book exhibit levity during some of the most intense scenes of action. I found that a little disconcerting.
The strength of the novel, I feel, is not the science fiction aspect but the spiritual lessons the novel contains. There were many good ones as well as a gospel presentation.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy getting lost in a long and complex novel of Christian romance and who don't mind some torture scenes.
I am taking part in a blog tour of this book. You can read a guest post from the author and find links to other tour participants here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Danele Rotharmel knew she wanted to be a writer at age five. Her life took an unexpected turn when carbon monoxide poisoning brought her close to death. She ultimately experienced a crisis of faith, confirming her belief in a trustworthy God. Her illness became so severe she was put in quarantine for seven years. It was during this time she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. She currently lives in Colorado. You can learn more at http://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 484 pages. You can purchase the book here.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.