Paradox Bound by Peter Clines

Paradox Bound

Peter Clines

An ingenious, irresistible new time-travel thriller from the author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series!

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Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town’s still got a video store, for god’s sake.
 
So why doesn’t Eli Teague want to leave?
 
Not that he’d ever admit it, but maybe he’s been waiting—waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who’s roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who’s a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model-A Ford.
 
The one who’s being pursued by…something.
 
So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli’s determined that this time, he’s going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend.
 
To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history­—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.


Advance Galley Reviews

This was my first time reading one of Peter Cline's books and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The summary doesn't do it justice. It was overall very strange, quirky and entertaining. I loved the premise, very unique historical fiction, sci-fi vibes. Time jumping face off against faceless men to find the American dream.. it was crazy but it was also a fun read. I liked his style of writing and will be looking into his other books. Thank you to the publishers for this chance to read this great book!

Prior to reading PARADOX BOUND, I had never read a Peter Clines book. You can be certain I will be reading others now. This book was such a unique idea! Things and people that we have always taken as a figure of speech are actually real! The confusing elements of time travel were expertly navigated.Throw in some history and classic cars and I was hooked. It was a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

I LOVE Peter Clines - I first came across him with The Fold, then raced to read everything else he's ever written... I love his style - it's quirky and well-plotted, with great characterization and a strong, clear voice. This book was obviously one of his, but it felt a little less crisp than the others. Not so much so that I disliked it, not by any means - but it did feel a little more forced at times, with the story development not feeling quite as organic and smooth as I've come to expect from him. I'm a huge fan of time travel/history travel, so I was hooked on the concept from the start. I loved the interplay between Eli and Harry, the concept of the American Dream as an actual physical item, and the way the towns of Sanders and Hourglass became characters in themselves. The Faceless Men are a great concept and made for seriously creepy antagonists. I liked that they were so true to their mission that their role in the book pitched and yawed with the plot development. Generally speaking, I love when characters (or places) develop with the story line like that - it makes the story feel more genuine, since real people shift perspective and attitude in the real world all the time. I did, however, think that Eli's shift from a cheerfully clueless well-meaning tag-a-long to the savior of the day was a little too dramatic to feel entirely plausible. Still, he's a charming character, full of good intentions, and his fumbling Everyman-ness is what made him so endearing. Harry is an absolute delight - spunky and feisty yet still human. In other words, everything I've come to expect from a Clines heroine. The book was a fun, easy, fast read. Yet it somehow still left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Perhaps it's that the resolution came about so tidily and handily. The pacing was pretty even for the vast majority of the book, then all of a sudden things seemed to speed up and race to the finish line in a way that felt more rushed than intentional. Still, the story was a highly entertaining one and I do hope we'll see more of Eli and Harry in future (and past)!

A really fun, fast read. Eli runs into Harry a woman dressed as a Revolutionary soldier, driving a Model A, and soon she is blazing down the road, accompanied by gunfire. Eli meets her a couple times before he joins her to search for the American Dream. They are crossing and weaving in and out of roads through time looking for the Dream and being pursued by Faceless men who are it's protectors. Riotous action and figures competing for the prize and mind boggling time jumps and conjectures. An enjoyable and hard to put down adventure.

 


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