Shift (ChronoShift #1)
Zack Mason

What is the worst thing that could happen to you? For Mark Carpen, it is the death of his children at the hands of a drunk driver. In the tragic aftermath, he also loses his wife, his job and everything else of value. Grief stricken, Mark turns his back on society for a life wandering through the North Georgia woods.

That is until he finds a strange watch in the middle of those woods. A very special watch. One that gives its wearer the power to travel through time at will rectifying past wrongs and stopping tragedies before they happen.

Mark is determined to use the watch to save his kids, yet certain mysterious forces are poised to stand in his way and a shadowy group of assassins has decided that Mark Carpen must die.

Shift (ChronoShift #1) book cover

Though bland in tone probably due to Mason’s religious overtones, this was nevertheless an interesting idea, if confusingly played. I’d be interested to read the next not so much to find out what happens to the characters but how the author resolves things, which is probably not the best motivation for wanting to buy a book!

Phrases like “dad-blamed”, “Can I he’p you”, and the other colloquialisms, as much as they were intended to provide authenticity simply annoyed me by their overuse, and the vapidity of Carpen and his band quickly palled. I enjoyed it for the possibilities afforded by the technology but it’s not writing I can say is either inspiring nor particularly well-handled.

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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