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

Quite an enjoyable book overall. Like most time travel stories, you have to pay attention and be fluid in your thinking. Not without its flaws, but the good parts far outweigh the bad.

I just couldn't get into this no matter how much I wanted to.

This was a great book like the first book I got First to Read. It drew me in and I couldn't put it down. I was interested and wanted to know what would happen next. I am no fan of time or space travel but even this book had me hooked.

Part of me really liked this. I am a huge time travel fan and I liked the basic concept. But the story itself I struggled with and the ending just wasn't for me. Part of me thinks this would be a great one to keep on the shelf in an American Lit class where students could get all the fun allusions and even touch on the quite literal journey for the American Dream.

I couldn’t get into this book at all. I tend to read ~100 pages at a time, but 30 pages into this one (spread over several days) I was terribly bored. Needless to say, I DNF this one.

I really tried, but ended up bailing on this book about 2/3 (and I had been straining from the beginning). Unfortunately I found the main protagonist, Eli so utterly annoying that the plot just couldn't save it. Harry may not have been annoying, but she was too bland to make up for how aggravating Eli was. I just didn't care enough to push through.

I've tried multiple times to read this book, and I can't get past 100 pages. I give up! It's just not for me. I'm sorry! I hate to DNF a book.

I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi but I read that this book was regularly described as an American Doctor Who. That hooked me. While that description is pretty accurate and it was the aspect of the book that helped me finish, I didn't love this. It took me a really long time to finish because I couldn't get into it for long periods of reading. I think the concept and ideas were really new and fresh. A physical American dream and traveling through history instead of time. However, it seemed to me like the book alternated between an explanation of something and intense action and nothing else. I felt like I was either trying to get a grasp on history travel, the faceless men, or the American dream or trying to keep up in a flurry of action where the main characters barely escaped with their lives. Because of that, I never got fully invested in the characters or whether or not they succeeded.

Great reading, got me interested from the first chapter, the way it handles time travel and how the plot evolves proved very original from my point of view. Totally enjoyed.

Peter Clines is a new author for me. I'm not even remotely familiar with the rest of his work but I must say I will be looking out for him in the future. I found Paradox Bound to be a wonderful story. I loved his version of he American Dream and I can only hope he has more in store for Harry and Eli. I very much want to adventure through as many more "slick spots" as I may. You did a brilliant job Mr. Clines and I for one will be adding you to my list of favorites.

I loved it! The time travel, the historical tidbits and friendships. It read almost like a 50's detective story. I think it was the faceless men that gave it that vibe. Such a unique twist not only on time travel (called history travel in the book) but on the American Dream as well. Extremely well written, with amazing characters and quite an interesting plot, with a twist and a great ending. The American Dream, it turns out is an actual thing, like an object. Created by an Egyptian God on behalf of the founding fathers of the United States. Problem, it has gone missing, yep missing. So the faceless men (who are extremely creepy) are charged with protecting it at all costs, they are suppose to be looking for it as well, but now they mostly go after the searchers, just your average people who have learned the secret and how to access the slick spots to travel through history. Eli first meets "Harry" Harriet Pritchard when he's 8 years old... he meets her again when he's a teenager and then third times the charm when he's 29, that's when he learns about the American Dream, also when the faceless men start chasing him and Harry. The faceless men chase them through history, as they look for clues to what happened to the American Dream.

I really liked this book. Eli and Harry are great characters who really hold their own throughout the story. Very quick and entertaining read -- great for all ages of readers. I loved all of the time travel and the little bit of historical pieces. Such a great book. Will definitely recommend to my friends.

Strange. Quirky. SciFi. Dystopian. Weird. Qucik & enjoyable read that would appeal to fans of Back to the Future.

I wasn't too impressed with the name, book cover or description. I picked it up as I received ARC from First to Read and I owe an honest review in exchange. But I was surprised and happy with the book. Definitely the description doesn't do justice to the book. I Finished this one in one day and I'm not even a sci-fi fan! It is a time travel book that's funny, mysterious, thrilling and Witt. And there are poignant parts. There are flaws, sure. I caught 2 loopholes in the story. But I'm willing to overlook them as the story is about belief.. And I was hooked. 4 stars.!

This is one of the strangest books I've read this year. It's entertaining, but it lost me in a lot of time travel details. I had to struggle a bit to finish it, but I'm glad I stuck with it as the subject is unique and some things will stick with you. I believe I did it because I loved the characters.

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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