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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Syncing Forward- William Lawrence

Author:  William Lawrence
Publisher/Year: Self Published/2014
Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy
Format: Free Paperback from Author in exchange for an honest review 

The Juicy Stuff:
Would you ever travel forward in time if you knew it was a one-way trip?
Mr. Martin James has no such desire, but after being injected with a mysterious drug against his will, Martin hurtles through the years. This cruel twist of fate forces him to watch his children grow up and his wife grow old in a matter of days. Only an elusive group of scientists have the ability to stop his nightmarish journey; the very people who injected him in the first place. And while Martin James hopes to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

W. Lawrence weaves a future history filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.

Where to purchase Syncing Forward
Amazon - Kindle
Amazon - Paperback
B&N Nook
How It Made Me Feel:
I'll start this review off by saying that I received this paperback book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.  I couldn't be happier.  The book sucked me in and had me traveling right along with the character.  The book starts out with our main character,  Martin, undergoing an investigation at the pharmaceutical company he works for, and he is conducting interviews of possible suspects in the investigation.  Truthfully, this intro stumped me and I wasn't sure where the story was going to go or how it would connect to the summary that drew me in in the first place.  I did, however, enjoy the author's writing style and how do you really know how a book is going to end up only a few pages in?  I continued reading and I am so glad that I did!  The pace of the book kept up and I couldn't help but continue reading.  Martin is a character that is continually adding to the story and to his own development and while I haven't ever shared the same experiences as he does in the book, I still felt it easy to relate to some of the emotions he had through out the story.  He was a very believable character that was easy to like.  This story had me guessing with the best of them and I LOVED the depth of explanation when it came to some of the pharmaceutical terms and locales.   

I can honestly say that this isn't your usual cookie cutter time travel book, but, if I can say so, it's much better.  Syncing Forward has fresh ideas and a very different outlook on what the future might hold for us.  It was a bit frightening at points to imagine that this was a true possibility for our future.  Having the ability to slow down our bodies so that years seem like minutes, hours, and days? No thank you!  Haha. That's kind of scary! Especially when it's administered against your will!  That, in addition with the fabulous character development and wide range of personalities made for a great novel that I will gladly read again. 

What I Thought Worked:
I loved William Lawrence's take on how the passage of time is different for different people.  His descriptive writing style made it easy to understand, read, and enjoy and I felt as if I was the one experiencing the slowing of time.  That would be a very hard thing to have to live with and I feel the author did a great job writing it.

What I Thought Didn't Work:
The only thing that stuck with me that I didn't fully enjoy was the summary of the book on the back cover.  Maybe it's because I haven't read too many books in the similar genre? But I didn't feel like it appropriately described the book I read.  There were parts I agreed with, but I did feel like it was lacking some keys points.  But that's it!


Why It Got That Rating:
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it was a surprise that I wasn't ready for.  The writing was very well done and I greatly appreciated the wide range of character personalities. 

Who Would I Recommend To:
I would recommend to people who enjoy books about time travel, maybe books that are a little different than the norm, and to people who enjoy great character development!

About The Author
The Author
W. Lawrence's Website / Twitter Facebook  / Goodreads

W Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California, and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He wants a boy dog. He works in the world of corporate security as an investigator and professional interviewer/interrogator.

Lawrence is obsessed with 5K zombie runs, comes home empty-handed from hunting turkeys, and loves non-fiction books about pirates. He has no problem reconciling that his two favorite shows are Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.

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