Hey everyone! Welcome to the Read and Review Challenge, started by the wonderful Jessica Therrien. It’s a great opportunity for authors and reader/reviewers to connect. Today I’m reviewing Land of the Living, by James Pinard.
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TITLE: LAND OF THE LIVING
AUTHOR: JAMES PINARD
GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
“LAND OF THE LIVING” is a fantastic combination of Science Fiction and Time Travel with some Thriller, Mystery and Romance thrown in for good measure. It is an introduction to time travel using your mind.
WHEN JAMES CREED WAKES UP IN HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE IN THE YEAR 1985, HE’S GREETED BY FAMILIAR PEOPLE AND SETTINGS. THE PROBLEM IS HE REMEMBERS BEING A 50 YEAR OLD MAN IN THE YEAR 2015.
Memory told him both of his parents and the woman he loved were gone, but he slowly realizes that he’s traveled back in time to an alternate version of the eighties. President Kennedy is still alive, and the head of a secret time travel program, and perhaps the strangest thing of all – his loved ones are still alive.
He faces a challenge for which he’s not prepared, but he doesn’t have to fight his battle alone. To his amazement, his son, Michael, travels back from the year 2035 to help him discover the true reason he was sent back.
But another mysterious time traveler hunts him from the shadows, and James’ journey becomes a race to save his future existence in the Land Of The Living…
As most of you are aware, the 1980s was my decade and when I read the blurb for this book, I had to read it.
James Creed is a 50-year-old man in who is supposed to be in 2015. The book starts off with him waking up in his 20-year-old body in 1985, sleeping in his old bed, in his old house. He’s freaking out because he can’t remember how he got here; you see, James can time travel via his mind to his past and future self. This is the first time something like this has happened to him, or at least he thinks so.
Things are different in this 1985. President John F. Kennedy is still alive, he has an opportunity to save a love that died on this particular day, and some things are just different. He’s confused and thinks it’s a bad dream, but it’s not. Others can mind travel through time also. If they’re alive during the time period, they could travel back into their old body. If not, they merge themselves into fresh corpses.
Imagine the shock when James realizes that his son travels from 2035 to help him on his mission. It takes some convincing, but he realizes it’s true. He also learns that there is another mind traveler hunting him, trying to stop him from completing whatever he was meant to do. Then there is the red-headed lady. Is she friend or foe? Every so often she pops up in the story with cryptic messages.
I enjoyed the premise and plot of the story. There were good action sequences and I’m impressed with the author’s vivid imagination and the directions he took the story. The characters were fairly well drawn out. I felt there was more telling than showing and some of the scenes seemed repetitive. He answered some questions towards the end, but many were still left unanswered and will need to be answered in the followup.
Overall, I enjoyed this read and it took me back to my favorite decade in time.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James Pinard is a writer of books, screenplays, graphic novels and poetry. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he currently resides in Orlando, FL where he works as a Computer Programmer for an insurance company. He has two beautiful, awesome children Michael and Ariel who inspired characters in his latest creation, “LAND OF THE LIVING.”
His past works include the short story “CREED” which was published in the PULP EMPIRE Collection Vol 1 and “DEARBORNE” in PULP EMPIRE Vol 2 by METAHUMAN PRESS available on Amazon. He is also a Writer and Creator of the Comic series “LUCID WORLD” Issues 1 and 2 published by TRAGIC ENTERTAINMENT.