Review: Linear Shift by Paul Kohler

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Publisher: Global

Publishing Date: April 2015

ISBN: 9781940740065 

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.3

Publisher Description: No one said time travel would be easy.  Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. 

Review: The first 30% is really slow as the “countdown” to departure nears. So slow as to be near maudlin in design. For instance, our two time travelers to be are whining about their training and are always seeking ways to go see people they shouldn’t. Of course they get caught at it, are reprimanded and that’s it. Cooper’s friends are abducted by the General because Cooper talked to them. Huh? If the General wanted to limit Cooper’s interaction to others once he was informed of a possible mission into the past, wouldn’t he have abducted Cooper’s kids as well? Why tell him the mission parameters in the first place? Get him interested first with the carrot (money), then sign a non-disclosure agreement (the stick), then brief him on the mission. If he says no then confine him to the base until the mission is over. But at no point during this process is he allowed to call or contact anyone. Additionally Cooper and Julie are given classified documents that they can take home and read at their leisure. Huh? The hiccups continue, when in 1942, Peter is able to break into the U.S. Mint and blackmail a guy into giving him some bronze pennies. Wha?

The story line was not that believable. The big question is why would Peter and Co. agree to go time traveling when there is no evidence presented that such a thing is possible? Additionally, the risk of losing his family is very high when he returns due to the temporal shift.

Even if you can get over the logic flaws in the story-line and the sometimes juvenile writing processes, the story line still moves sporadically and without tension. 

Read this while waiting to get a bot fly larvae removed from your back.

 

 

 

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