Paradox Bound

Paradox Bound

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553418330
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm
Summary: 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.

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Oct 10, 2017

I try to read every book Peter Clines writes. His protagonists are the kind of people I would like to be, set in a backdrop that is a well thought out world, This book is of the same ilk, albeit in a world/universe that is well off most worlds ever visited by mere mortal authors.

I'm pretty sure that I didn't understand most of Paradox Bound's universe, but I was able to keep up with the characters. Cline's talent is in making the characters believable in an unbelievable world. It's not time travel, it's history travel, and the search for the American Dream is literal, so seeming paradoxes unfold chapter by chapter. His character dialogue is akin to John Scalzi's or early John Barley and the novel zips along like a well tuned model A Ford. Even when the road slips and skids, and the exposition of paradoxes gives this reader a hours long headache, the plot moves along inexorably.

I heartily recommend this novel to anyone who doesn't mind an occasional headache.

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