Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Map of Time

by Félix J. Palma
(The Map of Time trilogy #1)

If you were to walk the streets of London at the end of the 19th century, the topic of conversation you’d most likely hear people discussing would be either the recent grizzly killings of prostitutes by the elusive Jack the Ripper, or time travel. The later is all the rage due to two things. First, is the recent publication of a book by a first-time novelist named Herbert George Wells called The Time Traveler. The second is all of the handbills currently circulating throughout the city advertising actual trips in time to visit the year 2000. They’re advertisements for a company called Murray’s Time Travel which claims to have created the actual machine described by H. G. Wells and have now begun taking people to visit the future.
Andrew Harrington couldn’t care less about time travel. He’s the son of a wealthy business owner and has just fallen in love with Marie Kelly. Unfortunately for him, the mortality rate for people in Marie’s line of work has been rapidly increasing due to The Ripper. When Marie becomes the latest of Jack’s victims, time travel takes on a whole new meaning to Andrew. Is it really possible now to travel backwards through time and is it possible that he could do it and save the life of the woman of his dreams?
The story that ensues is fantastic! Félix J. Palma is a Spanish author and I think this is his first book translated into English and published here in the U.S. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that he was picked up by a publisher here. He has written a book that defies an adequate description. The book was probably one of he most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. It contains three parts, each with its own set of loosely associated characters and a storyline surrounding time travel. Andrew’s and Marie’s is only the first of the three. My description of the story makes it sound like this is a science fiction book, and would only be enjoyed by those who read that genre. It’s definitely much more than that. To say much more would give too much away. So I’ll just say that I highly recommend this book to everyone – wife, parents, brothers, sisters, wife’s book club, brothers-in-law who read one or two books a year.
Read this one.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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