Paradox Bound

Paradox Bound

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires? So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake"--Goodreads.com.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 25 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553418330 (hardback)
Call Number: FICTION CLINES

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harrybosch
Feb 12, 2018

If you are looking for something a little different, then this book is worth a read. It is time travel with a difference. It is both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time. It has some concepts that are a bit difficult to get a grasp on, like how to you look for or find something as vague as "a dream", and slip zones in the road.
Car lovers will like the old vehicles used , such as a Model "A" Ford capable of 90 mph or more, that runs on water, and a 1951 Hudson Hornet, and various 1953 and 54 Buicks and Pontiacs.

Dive into the world of Paradox Bound, and go on the action-packed road through history on the search for the American Dream. This book has a time-travel, a mixture of American history and fast-paced car chase scenes that leave you wanting more. This is a book by Peter Clines and I can’t wait to talk about it.

I wasn’t sure how the book was going to turn out when I first put a request on it. At first, I really like the premise and the cover but was afraid that it would disappoint me. But, as it turns out I was wrong. I really enjoyed the book and couldn’t get enough of it. There was time travel or should I say traveling through history, there was a bad ass female character drives an awesome car and there was action at every turn. I really like the story how it brings in the American Dream and how the author came put it in this fresh story. My only issue was that there were some parts that left me a little confused and had a hard time wrapping my mind around but overall I enjoyed the book.

fineplan Dec 08, 2017

This was an excellent ride through time. The characters are charming, the action is perfect, the world building solid -- or as solid as can be with time travel novels, anyway. Despite the characters being "paradox bound" this may be the first time I have read a time travel novel -- and I've read quite a few! -- where I didn't get knocked out of the story thinking, "Wait... That doesn't actually make sense with time travel..." True, not everything is explained in any detail, but I had enough faith in the book to just believe that things worked as advertised. I'd also say that the ending was perfectly satisfying. I was worried as I neared the end, because I wasn't sure how the Dream could be found in so few pages and have everything work out in a way that made sense with the characters. Clines did it though!

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NedSu
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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