Days of Future Past : Days of Future Past

  • by John Van Stry
  • Narrated by Doug Tisdale, Jr.
  • Series: Days of Future Past
  • 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paul's been having a bad day, perhaps one of the worst days he's ever had. And now into the middle of all this, his instructor just got drafted by some mystical goddess to help save a world.
As for Paul? Well, he's really not supposed to be there, and if he thought he was having a bad day before all of this, it just got worse - a lot worse. He's now on a one-way trip, forced to help a man who despises him, while at the mercy of the world's biggest trickster.

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"And then I saw it - a Pizza Hut."

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The last day of his pilot's training assessment - and Paul Young was going to fail. Not because he was a bad pilot but because his assessor really didn't like him. Then, literally out of the blue, a woman appeared in the sky by the plane. She said she was a goddess enlisting the aid of Paul's unpleasant companion, Briggs, and sent them, somewhere, on their way to save the Navajo. Somewhere turned out to be about four hundred years in the future and Briggs, appointed saviour of his people, was just as unpleasant as before, handing Paul over to the greeting Indians as a slave.

So begins Paul's long discovery of the very different world in which he finds himself, unable ever to return home, which is also home to fairies, fae, goblins, elves, wolves, gun toting lovely ladies, card sharps and dragons, "It's a meat eater, Paul. And people are meat." With the occasional assistance of another minor god, the often fickle Koyote,, and two beautiful female companions, Paul's task is to secure weapons and fulfill the job which Briggs is probably incompetent to do.

The book is fun and thrilling, written in the first person as if by Paul himself. He has a wry, sardonic way of looking at life, given that most everything has gone wrong for him before. And things just don't seem to be changing much. Narrator Doug Tisdale jr. does an excellent voicing of the main protagonist, becoming Paul with his quirks, schemes and occasional grumbles, and the dialogue of other characters is also well defined (although the females do sound somewhat mechanical). But overall, a good representation of what the author must have intended.

I was gifted this book by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. It was an enjoyable listen, intriguing and strangely compulsive as the reader is shown a future possible world very different from those usually portrayed. Paul is a personable character and attractive to the new world ladies, so there is frequent reference to sex without it ever becoming graphic. And there is plenty of other action to keep the story full of interest. I believe there is to be a sequel: I, for one, will be looking out for it.
A definite recommendation to all who are fans of portal fantasy - or any fantasy world.


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- Norma Miles

Gods and guns and dragons! Oh my!

Lively, entertaining and has a infuriatingly despicable bad guy. The world-building is an interesting take on melding magic and technology, and thankfully the author doesn't make the mistake of over-explaining things; there's enough mystery left to give the world depth.

There is some wonderful detail to the flying scenes, which must have come from the author's previous career as a pilot. I particularly enjoyed the main character stopping to read the (short) instruction manual of a anti-air missile in the middle of a battle with a dragon. No, I'm not being facetious - although action movies have trained me to think that a hero/ine can wield any weapon without hesitation, I loved the realism of having to work out how to use a unfamiliar futuristic rocket launcher.

The narration is good. Doug Tisdale, Jr. has a pleasant voice, and I really warmed to his characterisation of Coyote.

The story doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger - the main quest of this book is achieved - but it is very definitely the first part of a series, as many of the main questions remain unanswered, and the book closes with our hero setting off on another quest. I liked the characters enough that I want to find out what happens to them, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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- Matt G

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2017
  • Publisher: John Van Stry