A child of the movies, I was always consumed by fantastic stories told by others and translated into adventures to be retold by me through the action figure medium. As I grew older, I put the action figures away and moved into the realm of role playing. Though I never outgrew role playing, I certainly don't have the time for it anymore. Since I was eleven years old, I've been pouring almost every ounce of creative energy I have into writing. I graduated college in 1993 with a degree in computer science. I tried my hand at programming for a couple of years and found it pretty unsatisfying. I later became a partner at a comic book store, where I spent several years. Though it wasn't a financial success, the experience I gained from running the store and the people that I met (many of whom I'm still in touch with today) was priceless. After leaving the store, I settled into a career of teaching. I still teach at a public high school in New York. Ironically, I've picked up computer programming again, which is what I mostly teach. I've been writing the whole time. I released my first book electronically in 2010. Forty Leap was a turning point for me in both style and story building. The Book of Revelations, which was written earlier but released later, was sort of a midway point between the writer I was and the writer I've become. I experimented with a very odd style and a story that employed diverse characters and controversial situations. In September 2010, I released the first installment of Zombies! Zombies! has been a tremendous success for me that came very close to being made into a television series. Since Zombies!, I have written a five part miniseries called Castes and have been working on developing tabletops games, the first of which, ApocalypZe, was published in early 2014. A couple of free stories about some of the characters in ApocalypZe have been released. I have written others and am working on putting them together into a novel.
Forty Leapby Ivan Turner
What if you could travel into the future? What if you couldn’t stop travelling into the future? You might lose a minute or an hour. You’d get bewildered stares from your family when it takes you five minutes to retrieve your sister in-law’s cup of tea from the next room. You’d have to beg for your job when you missed a week because of
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What if you could travel into the future? What if you couldn’t stop travelling into the future? You might lose a minute or an hour. You’d get bewildered stares from your family when it takes you five minutes to retrieve your sister in-law’s cup of tea from the next room. You’d have to beg for your job when you missed a week because of jumping into the future. Blocks of time would suddenly be behind you. And during those blocks of time, people might leave. People might die. The world might change around you. What happens then if you start to lose years? Then people finally start to believe your story? Then they want to study you. They want to harness your curse as a power. As the generations pass you by, what does the world become in your absence? Who are you when you finally emerge into each new era?
I’ll tell you who you are. You’re Mathew Cristian, that’s who.
When Mathew begins to lose time, he loses the ability to maintain his secure lifestyle. He struggles to preserve what he has known for so long just because it is all that he does know. But as his leaps through time get longer and longer, the changes around him grow more and more stark. He emerges from his leaps disoriented and out of place. Sometimes he is hunted. Sometimes he is revered. He meets and forms strong bonds all because of his condition, only to have those bonds broken by that same condition. And yet, though the state of the world is different from era to era, the world itself rarely changes. Eons may pass, but humanity is a constant. Everyone is excited, preoccupied, afraid. And the further he goes through time, the more he evolves as a person, the less frantic becomes his search for a cure and the more curious he becomes about what’s on the other side of the next leap.
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This was a fantastic read. It is truly refreshing to see an independent author turn out such a high quality story. It is a very smooth and natural read. The characters that Mr. Turner creates are immediately relatable. I felt my self being sucked into the story and truly had a hard time putting it down. I was first turned on to his writing by the "Zombies!" serials that he writes. I quickly went out to see if he had written anything else (to read between releases of "Zombies!") and that is when I stumbled across "Forty leap". I truly cannot recommend this enough, and honestly would have paid a lot more for a read this satisfying. If I have to point out a negative, and I think ALL books have them, it does have some typos. I quickly adjusted so I really can't say if there were a lot. I do not think there were. I also chalk the typos up to the fact that he is an independent author who presumably does not have the access to a slew of editors. With that said, please do not let a few typos discourage you from leaping into this book!
Great story. Very original. I could not stop reading it. Great ending too!
Well worth MORE than the price! I found myself guessing what would happen next and then was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. Very refreshing and original. Over 740 pages of adventure that moves fairly fast, with a few longer sections for character or world development. You'll get an interesting peak into civilizations far into the future, and you'll be genuinely surprised at what they are like... I can't wait for the next book by this author as I've already read this and the whole Shawn of the Dead series!!! GREAT JOB IVAN! Vic from VicsPicks