Sci-Fi, Military Thriller, Time Travel… and Dinos.
4.25 out of 5 stars
I remember Jake Bible posting a rough sketch of what he thought the cover should look like (I tried to find it so I could share it with you) and it was basically a stick dino, a bubble, and a stick person. The cover art on this is gorgeous and I’ll tip my hat to whoever designed it. It’s a perfect depiction of Bible’s world.
The Flipside tells the story of a world where dinosaurs are real and time travel is possible but only in certain “time bubbles”. One company owns the rights to them in the US and is using it for tourism to “the flipside”. Tragedy strikes and a team is left on the other side for a year. When they were supposed to come back – we find out that things aren’t what they seem.
I’m familiar with Bible’s world building from his other books but this was really well thought out and beautifully written. I felt like I understood each person, place, and thing along with why they were there. I like when I don’t have to try hard to imagine the world that an author is trying to create.
The characters in this were also awesome. They were all strong in their own way and each provided some comic relief when you least expected it. I won’t go into describing or explaining any characters – just know that you are in for well developed and interesting ones.
Andrew B. Wehrlen did a fantastic job narrating this book (as he’s done with other Bible titles) – he gave each character their own voice without overacting each part. I found that listening to this made it immensely more enjoyable than reading it myself would have (I don’t have a lot of good voices for characters in my head).
Overall, I thought that The Flipside had it all. Jurassic Park elements (and even a reference to the movie), a futuristic setting, a “far in the past” setting, strong characters, time travel, and oh yeah, dinos. Definitely dinos.
The Flipside by Jake Bible
Narrator: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
Published by Self Published on June 12th 2018
Genres: Dinosaur Thriller, Technothriller, Thriller
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The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real.
Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period.
They reveal the Flipside.
Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain, possibly destroying everything then and now in the process.
Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening.
What Cash and the others don't know is all that waits for them is horror and nightmares - a destroyed base, packs of ravenous carnivores, pterosaurs bent on plucking every human from the ground to be eaten far above, and so much more.
Can Cash and his team stop what is happening?
Or will they end up stuck Flipside forever in a perpetual prehistoric nightmare?
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.