Finding Time by Steve Poling

(Cover picture courtesy of The Independent Author Network Blog.)

Rescue the past to build the future. In 2280 EarthGov is desperate when aliens destroy their first colony. They’ll even comb through the wreckage of the aliens’ UFO that crashed in 1947—where one man claims he’s found a time machine. Now the race is on to scour history for the treasures and talents EarthGov needs.

Sid Feynman just wants a government grant. His hopes for a quiet academic life are dashed when EarthGov thrusts the beautiful historian Nell Playfair upon him and expects Sid to actually use the time machine.

Soon Sid and Nell are rocketing across light-years of interstellar space and millennia of history—seeking that which is lost and finding time.

[Full disclosure: Steve Poling gave me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

Well, that certainly wasn’t what I expected.

That’s a compliment, by the way.  Finding Time is a book with many different viewpoints, but Steve Poling handled each of them so well that it was never confusing.  The first chapter seems completely unrelated to the rest of the book until later, but when the reason behind the event was revealed it made perfect sense.  That’s what made Finding Time so interesting for me: the different narrative threads intertwining perfectly, especially toward the end.  I live when things are tied together in a way that makes sense and that is especially important in a time travel story.

I won’t even begin to pretend I understand half of the science behind time travel in this book.  Science was never my strong point, but hard science fiction fans will love this book for it.  I would have liked the explanations to be “dumbed-down”, but I am not the audience Steve Poling was writing for.  Each to their own, really.  I’m sure most people will have a better appreciation for his attention to detail than I do.

However, I did appreciate the characters.  Nell and Sid were the two main characters and they definitely stood out.  Their bickering is priceless, but you can tell that they become good friends by the end.  No, they don’t fall in love with each other.  Gasp!  A male and female lead that don’t fall in love!  Call the press!  As Steve Poling put it in his initial email to me: “there’s no cussin’, smokin’, or gettin’ nekkid.”

See?  It is possible to write a good novel without any of those things!  YA writers take note.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

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