It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.
Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.
Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century?
And, if so, could another single bullet save it?
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Great idea, good fun but feels rushed
Yes - but not for a while, and as the plot depends on a few big twists towards the end I'd need to do my best to forget them. It's still an entertaining story, pretty well told.
The big plot twist about an hour before the end. I didn't see it coming!
No - but he's not bad. Some decent characterizations and he copes well with some of the author's occasionally clunky dialogue.
Not really - a few moments are intended to (the Serbian flower girl, for instance, and the two love stories) - but it's too fast moving for these parts to have too much resonance.
This is an odd one. I found the main idea and overall story to be thrilling and beautifully told, despite a few cheesy moments . (Stanton calling his mentor "Prof", for instance). The plotting is tight with some very fine twists and turns - one actually not that far into the book. The actual writing, however, struck me as a bit rushed and sloppy, as if the book were submitted without one final "polish". The ending is very hurried. I have no problem with what actually happens - it all just feels "reported" and tossed off in a few minutes whereas there is quite a lot of forensic detail earlier in the book. The twist an hour before the end, though, I didn't see coming at all, so I found very satisfying. So, both a very fine listen and a touch frustrating at the same time!
- Mr SA Lambe
Best Time Travel Thriller I've Ever Read
Great story, some good plot twists and great characters
Bernie - feisty Irish Women, great character
Good reading and story telling