Looks like I finally found my replacement for the late, great Crichton
5 out of 5
Split Second is a book about time travel… but not really. What if you couldn’t go back to the age of the dinosaurs, or even watch your birth. But, you could only go back a fraction of a fraction of a second. Literally less than a blink of an eye. What good would that do? Apparently, two rival corporations and agencies know what and will kill to find out more.
The narration was done by Kevin Pariseau was excellent. The hard science within this could have been a tongue twister for many narrators and readers alike, and Pariseau cruised through it like a hot knife through butter. Pariseau’s voice was perfect for this, sophisticated and smart. The accents he uses and the different dialects were all really well done and added to the story nicely.
Okay, I took a night to compose myself from this book, it made me feel and think things that books don’t normally do. I’m a fan of the technothriller genre. Ever since I started reading Michael Crichton, I was hooked. He just had a way of writing both scientifically compelling and incredibly thrilling fiction. I’ve found a few authors since then that fit the bill and seem to quench my insatiable thirst for more Crichton (RIP). But, Richards may be my new key.
Split Second was a book that started out with a bang, literally — a murder of a top physicist who was working on a new theory that he had only shown to one person. From there it was an incredible whirlwind of great storytelling and character development.
Character-wise, Aaron Blake needs to be seen again, I’m not sure if Richards even writes with certain characters in mind, but Blake was amazing. He was absolutely everything you would want out of a protagonist: smart, cunning, incredibly good at getting out of bad situations–what more could you ask for? Seriously, Aaron Blake needs another novel!
Jenna Morrison’s character was really interesting too, she had gone through so much in such a short amount of time that it was really fun to watch her characters developmental arc.
The two main antagonists were also amazing, and one of them turns out not the way you expected them to be. Always wonderful when a book can misdirect you like that without leaving you feeling betrayed.
Overall, the story itself was the main blockbuster here, but the supporting cast makes this an easy 5-star book. Douglas E. Richards has skyrocketed to the top of my author list and I will be voraciously reading his other books now.
Split Second by Douglas E. Richards
Narrator: Kevin Pariseau
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
Published by Audible Studios on December 22, 2015
What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not millions of years back, to the age of the dinosaur. Not even a minute back. What if you could only send something back a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an event, or win a lottery.
Nathan Wexler is a brilliant physicist who thinks he's found a way to send matter a split second back into the past. But before he can even confirm his findings, he and his wife-to-be, Jenna Morrison, find themselves in a battle for their very lives. Because while time travel to an instant earlier seems useless, Jenna comes to learn that no capability in history has ever been more profound or far-reaching.
Now, as Jenna fights to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against her, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. . .
Containing a stunningly unique slant on time travel, SPLIT SECOND is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have readers pondering the nature of time, and of reality, long after they've read the last page.
About the Author:
Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED. In addition to his latest technothriller, SPLIT SECOND, he has also written WIRED, AMPED, MIND’S EYE, BRAINWEB, QUANTUM LENS, and THE CURE, as well as six middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a “special guest” at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. His essays have been featured in National Geographic KIDS, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today’s Parent, and many others.
The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.