Inflection Point (Inflection Point #1)
Nick Cook

As the gunfire and explosions of the Somme ring in his ears, Nathan Bishop finds himself staring death in the face. But when a mysterious figure offers him a way out, he can’t help but be intrigued. The catch? It means traveling back in time to ancient history on a mission to save the future.

On the eve of World War I, Nathan is a man with a keen mind for science, forced to work as an electrician converting Oxford’s colleges to electric light. But his true dream is to work on experimental projects that push the boundaries of logic and reason. So when Professor Felix Schneider offers him the chance of a lifetime, Nathan is ready to grab it with both hands.

But what is the secret behind Schneider’s research in his private lab? Is it a threat to national security? As Nathan delves deeper, he realizes that the truth is beyond even his wildest expectations and will shake the foundations of everything he thought he knew.

As the events of 1914 unfold and the country calls on its able-bodied men, including Nathan, to fight, he must choose between Clara, the woman who has always supported his ambitions, and his duty to his country. But the decision he makes will have consequences that ripple throughout time, impacting not only those closest to him, but the entire galaxy.

Can Nathan find the courage to fully embrace his dreams, even if it means sacrificing his own life and the lives of his friends? Find out in this compelling tale of love, duty, and the ultimate power of choice.

Inflection Point is part of the Multiverse Chronicles, an epic series of interlinked stories that includes the Earth Song series, and the Fractured Light and Cloud Riders trilogies, that follow humanity’s struggle to survive across parallel universes.

Author For my friends across the Pond please note that this book is written in UK English and uses single quotes rather than double ones. Yes, Brits are weird like that!

Inflection Point (Inflection Point #1) book cover

Though conceptually I was looking forward to this, it didn’t really work for me. Mainly I think it’s a language problem – Cook’s dialectal efforts just don’t really hold water, not when you’ve enjoyed Dave Duncan’s Past imperative or David Walton’s Quintessence. The behaviour also felt a little off: William was your typical good-in-a-fight but drinks and is a troublemaker, Nathan just seemd very easily lead but with some attempted flavourings of 20th century honour and Clara just got angry at men things. Then there is the typical time travel trope of hearing something but it being too subtle to identify or worry about and it later proving to be you all along – that’s par for the course these days – as is a second shady travelling figure who’s out to thwart our heroic do-gooders from completing their mission.

it felt like this book borrowed from plenty of other time travel stories without adding much original. No explanation is given as to why things are set during the Great War, and the differences in technology between that era and the book’s future are massive, without needing to add alien intelligences into the mix. Read to complete, but did consider at several points just putting it down. oh and the typos – calvary! It’s like solider, you can’t escape it. And the other interesting one was “a little courtesy”, not a curtsey.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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