by Dennis W. Green
Series: The Traveler Chronicles #1
Traveler by Dennis W. Green
Traveler is a science fiction mystery novel. Travis (Trav) Becker has the ability to travel between parallel universes and it turns out another version of himself is hunting down the other versions of himself. Of course, the big question is, Why? Sounds complicated, right?Well, it is, but it isn’t. Green has great skill in laying out a complicated plot in a fashion that intrigues you and keeps you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Even though he introduces several different versions of each of the characters, you can easily follow which version (or versions) you are encountering. Also, the science behind the travel between universes is neatly explained and for someone who isn’t a hardcore science fiction geek (and who loves time travel plots, but is just as easily confused by them), I understood it and was able to easily explain it to my husband.*
The only thing I wasn’t keen on were the interludes. The Interludes just seemed to pop up out of nowhere and did not seem to have a connection with the portion of the book I just finished reading. The Burton Tupper Interlude (page 87) was the most jarring to me. I was reading along, really getting into the story, something huge was revealed and BAM! this interlude popped up. It was the season ending cliffhanger of your favorite show and you have to wait all summer for the plot to be resolved. Fortunately, this is a book so I just paged ahead to the next chapter, resolved the cliffhanger and went back to the Tupper Interlude. I think Green was trying to make clear the point that Morgan Foster makes on page 148.
History is full of evidence of people sensing, and sometimes reaching, other planes of reality. … There are dozens of cases of people disappearing without a trace, and others who suddenly one day started insisting they remembered things differently that everyone else did.
Dennis W. Green, Traveler
I’m not sure the interludes were entirely necessary to get the point across, but maybe for a reader who isn’t drawn to science fiction and/or time travel-type books, they need that extra boost to understand Trav isn’t the only one that this happens to. Despite not being a huge fan of the interludes, I will say that Officer Brian Lowe’s interlude (page 231) was my favorite. But I love historical fiction and adored Stephen King’s 11/23/63.
Overall, Traveler is a strong first novel. The traveling between parallel universes is neatly explained and the plot draws you in. Mystery lovers and science fiction fans should get a kick out of the novel. Traveler by Dennis W. Green gets a solid thumbs up.
*My husband now uses it as an excuse for not getting things done around the house. “Well, maybe in another parallel universe, the dishes are in the dishwasher being washed now. Maybe you are just in the wrong universe.” Sometimes living with a science fiction geek has a downside.
by Dennis W. Green
Series: The Traveler Chronicles #2
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Prisoner by Dennis W. Green
Back in 2013, I met Dennis at the local science fiction and fantasy convention. After attending his reading, I purchased his first book Traveler, devoured it and have been shouting my love for the book since my first review. At last year’s ICON in 2014, I was thrilled to learn that Traveler would have sequel, Prisoner and was treated to a preview chapter during a late night author reading. I would doubly thrilled when Dennis offered me an eARC of Prisoner earlier this summer.For those of you who have read Traveler, you are in for another wild ride when you pick up Prisoner. Trav Becker and all his doubles are back at it shifting through parallel realities and trying to save the universe. Prisoner moved at a faster pace than Traveler; gone are the interludes. The reader isn’t “forced” to take a break from the action. You are able to read as fast as your eyes and mind can process the words on the page.
While Prisoner‘s plot moves at breakneck speed, the writing has a more relaxed feel. Trav is in even more trouble with the FBI looking over his shoulder and the stakes are higher. Despite the tension, I found myself laughing out loud at several points.
First order of business was shoes. I don’t know about you, but the thing I have always found most unbelievable about the movie Die Hard is not that John McLane crawled through eight city blocks of furnace ductwork, or wrapped a fire hose around himself and jumped off the edge of a skyscraper.
It was that he did it all barefoot. Dennis W. Green, Prisoner
Green seems to have loosened up a bit and isn’t afraid to show readers the humor in Trav’s life and his love of science fiction. In many cases, when the humor pops up, it is a situation where if you don’t laugh at the insanity of it all, you might just cry or hit someone.
The only bad thing about Prisoner…it ends in a cliffhanger. And it happens so suddenly, just like slipping across to another reality that I had to go back and re-read the final pages. I suffered from a killer book hangover and Dennis heard about it for two days on Facebook and Twitter.
.@dgreencr, a cliffhanger? Seriously?! *screams in frustration*
— Terri M. (@2ndRunReviews) July 15, 2015
— Terri M. (@2ndRunReviews) July 16, 2015
So who should pick up Prisoner? Anyone who read Traveler and enjoyed it. This series is a must read for fans of science fiction especially if you enjoy time travel or alternate universes/multi-verses. Fans of mysteries and crime thrillers will enjoy how shifting realities breathes new life into these standard genres. I’ll just warn you to buckle up and prepare for a wild, humor-infused ride. Prisoner will not disappoint.