A Flash In Time

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A long-running government project is nearing a pivotal moment. Results are expected as the funding costs have reached exorbitant amounts. Corporal Ivanov Longfeather is a member of the tribal police keeping watch over the Sandia Mountain reservation area. The tranquility of his shift is abruptly interrupted by a noticeable surge in energy in the air around him. Longfeather feels different and notices the aberrant behavior of wildlife he comes across. He begins to question his mindset with every passing second. This unease is only heightened once he descends the mountain heights and temperature anomalies compete with the sudden disappearance of a local monument for high strangeness.

As the morning progresses, the weirdness becomes the norm as a pair of mutilated bodies are located, the parts belonging to an unknown male and female. Detective Jaylee Washington is a seasoned homicide cop coming off the adrenaline rush from his latest case when he and his partner are assigned the case of the maimed bodies. The joint investigation between the detectives and Longfeather leads them to a government-backed laboratory. Their efforts at obtaining answers are stymied by one of the chief doctors at the lab. Washington believes there is something covert if not sinister going on at E-R Mag Labs.

The next surge of energy occurs and the display of power is noticed by everyone in the immediate vicinity, and not everyone emerges unscathed. Washington and his fellow law enforcement brethren pay a return visit to the labs, demanding immediate answers. The situation is rapidly spiraling out of control and even the lab scientists are worried. A weapon has been unleashed capable of unimaginable death and destruction. The police need to be informed on how to deal with the crisis before the next event.

Pandemonium is all around as a government experiment goes haywire in the opening pages of A Flash in Time. The pacing of the plot is effective as the calm before each event disarms the reader’s defenses only to be shocked with every successive calamity. There are multiple themes in the book that play out in the chapters: man’s meddling with nature, the frustrating inaction of government bureaucracy, collaboration in times of crisis, and the appreciation of the important things in life. The various characters from Washington to his partner/mentor Bart to Longfeather bring depth, humor, and compassion to the story. This book is a winner from start to finish, a sci-fi adventure with heart.

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Author John N Frye
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 366 pages
Publisher ReadersMagnet LLC
Publish Date 15-Dec-2023
ISBN 9798890913517 Buy this Book
Issue February 2024
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy