(Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest and unbiased review, I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. All opinions in this review are my own.)
In an alternate timeline where China has become the sole nuclear power and a third world war is imminent, the United States has created a time machine, opening up innumerable opportunities to alter the history of the world and perhaps create a brighter future . . . or unleash untold havoc. When the project director overseeing the development of the time machine goes missing, security engineer Sam Reilly, physicist Danielle Olsson, and Army investigator Frank Marino must team up to get to the bottom of the mystery. They soon discover a pattern of scientists who've turned up missing or dead since the 1940s. Could it all be a coincidence, or has someone else been meddling with the timeline? The only way to find out is to go back in time, but what repercussions might that cause?
Flash Back by John Turiano was a stimulating sci-fi novel that included varying degrees of murder mystery, action, and espionage elements. The plot itself was multi-faceted and well-structured, and I especially loved how Turiano explored the consequences of his characters’ actions. I enjoyed how fleshed-out the characters were, and I appreciated the research that must have gone into this novel. Some information felt superfluous to the point of occasionally causing the narrative to lag. This was what hindered my enjoyment of the novel the most. Despite this, the story eventually picked up and finished strong. I would not say this novel is ideal for those looking for soft sci-fi, but the more technical concepts within were explained simply enough. I encourage sci-fi lovers looking for a good time travel story with a unique focus to check out Flash Back by John Turiano.
Book Two of the Time Travel Series, Extreme Peril, is already available, and I've accepted it for review. I can't wait to see where it goes!