Monday, December 28, 2015

Time is a Many Splintered Thing

As I stated in a Facebook post the other day - this guy can write.

I first met Peter J. Wacks at Geekonomicon and, after being on several panels with him, decided to purchase one of his books. I chose Second Paradigm, published through Wordfire Press, after reading the back of the book twice and thinking that I was in for a treat. Second Paradigm is not a treat; it is a mind blowing experience. Although I do love the concept of time travel, this book takes it in an entirely new and unexpected direction and the ending will frustrate and satisfy you.

In "current" time, Chris Nost has been convicted of a murder, yet does not live long enough to carry out his sentence. He is murdered and the world he knew comes to an end. However, when he "awakens" in the police state year 2044, he realizes that he must solve his own murder that will lead him to answering questions of who and more importantly, what, he is. Is he a god, or perhaps the wrong man at the right time? Why is everyone so interested in him and why is no one to be trusted? Conspiracies are born, treachery is commonplace, and the truth comes with a price, yet Chris will discover that, at the center of it all, Time truly is a Many Splintered Thing.

Second Paradigm was my introduction into the mind of Wacks and it was quite a pleasure to be there. He reads like Gibson, talks like Kerouac, and is still his own voice. He makes you think and does not lead you with a pampered hand. Rather, he sets the stage one agonizing piece at a time and just when you may have figured it out, his characters shift to an entirely different thought that involves more questions and slower reading. The book is not linear, jumping from character to character, time period to time period, yet if the readers pays attention, the true story does come to light. I will not give the entire story away, yet I will state for the record that Nost is definitely a WHAT and not a WHO. Also for the record, the character Alex Zarth is one that you will not forget, no matter your time period.

I can not praise this book enough and I truly do look forward to reading more of Peter's works.


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