The Kronos Interference

The Kronos Interference

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by Edward Miller, J. B. Manas

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How far would you go to save the world?

When physicist Jacob Newman is pulled from his family, his job, and his whole life to investigate a strange vessel discovered at the bottom of the South Pacific, he finds evidence of time travel, along with implications that a judgment day against mankind is imminent. But it isn't until he cracks the time travel technology and

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How far would you go to save the world?

When physicist Jacob Newman is pulled from his family, his job, and his whole life to investigate a strange vessel discovered at the bottom of the South Pacific, he finds evidence of time travel, along with implications that a judgment day against mankind is imminent. But it isn't until he cracks the time travel technology and uncovers a startling link to his own family history that he undertakes a dangerous mission back to 1924 to kill Adolf Hitler and undo a horrific episode of Earth's violent past. The results are catastrophic, and soon he discovers much darker forces working against him-forces he must overcome if he hopes to save humanity and see his family again.

Written in the vein of the late Michael Crichton, James Rollins, and similar authors who inject high concept plots with little-known historical facts and a touch of cutting-edge science, The Kronos Interference offers international intrigue, fast-paced action, and plenty of twists and turns. The book received the coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who called it "impressively original" and a "tour de force."

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Kirkus Reviews
In this time-travel thriller, debut authors Miller and Manas spin a clever, original variation on a classic alternative history premise:
What if it were possible to travel back in time and kill Adolf Hitler?

Jacob Newman, a brilliant scientist and nanotechnology expert who consults with the CIA on projects of national security, receives a mysterious packet containing his German grandfather's diaries from the 1920s, which detail a failed plot to poison Hitler at the beginning of his ascent to power. Although Newman's wife is dying of cancer, a global crisis soon takes him from her bedside. An alien vessel has been found on the bottom of the ocean, off the coast of Chile. Inside the elegantly described 'cavernous zeppelin shaped' space are eight giant floating monitors-arranged like some sort of avant-garde Stonehenge-that show images from horrific moments in human history, including the Crusades and the Holocaust. The ship also contains some strange pieces of alien technology; most notably a small object the scientists dub the Kronos Device, which, as Newman discovers, facilitates time travel. The scientists soon come to the consensus that someone or something has been sitting in judgment of humankind-and an ominous verdict could be delivered at any time.

Inspired by his grandfather's diary and desperate to afford humankind another chance in the eyes of the mysterious alien power, Newman decides to go back in time and ensure that the plot to kill Hitler is successful, thereby-in theory-erasing the ensuing heinous acts from history. Sci-fi fans will be familiar with what happens next: By interfering with the past, Newman inadvertently creates a future that is far worse. But here the novel displays some unexpectedly creative plotting: Newman's attempt to undo the damage he's done involves him in his own mind-bending parallel life, as well as the prospect of a harrowing sacrifice. The prose is unfussy, the pacing appropriately brisk, and the past and future sequences show the authors' admirable imaginative gifts. Miller and Manas' tour de force packs plenty of entertainment value, and the ending tantalizes with the possibility of future past installments.

An impressively original take on alternative history.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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The Kronos Interference 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Jacob Newman is ready to return home to his ailing wife and family. He is approached by two men that slip him something that appears to be his grandfather's journal and a photo taken of his grandparents taken in the 1920's. He is called in by the government agency to look at something they found. Seems to be an alien artifact about three times the size of Yankee Stadium. Jacob is reluctant because his wife is so sick and he wants to see her. His boss Malcom tells him that it is a national security emergency and he needs to go to Chile, where he will be transported to the artifact. He reluctantly goes and the artifact is a type of underwater floating vessel with eight floating screens inside. Each screen seems to be a window into a "violent" event of Earth's past. Jacob and Malcom theorize that the Earth may be on the verge of being judged by an alien race for all its violence. Also in the vessel is a weird device that they call the Kronos device. While experimenting with the device, Jacob is transported briefly back in time to the Dachau Concentration camp and sees his grandmother dead. After this vision he reads in his grandfather's journal that he had a chance to kill Hitler in 1924 and failed to follow through. Jacob takes all of this as a sign, that is, if he can go back and help his grandfather actually kill Hitler he will save his grandmother and the mass killing of millions and somehow "please" the aliens who "may" be judging the human race. Malcom warns him that he should not mess with the past because doing so could have catastrophic effects on the present. Of course Jacob doesn't listen and uses the Kronos device to go back and make sure the deed his grandfather failed to do, is carried out. The book is hard to put down and the author does a good job at making the reader care for Jacob and his predicament. The book also does a good job of showing the world what was inside the mind of Hitler. But as any reader can guess, you should not mess with the past. Outside of films like Back to the Future, all stories involving messing with the past only leads to worse consequences and this story is no different. Jacob should have realized this up front and listened to Malcom but just on a "flimsy" notion decides to go against common sense and for that I could not give this book the full five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my friends told me about this book. At the time it was 2.99...I love science fiction and the cover intrigued me so I thought..why not take a chance. I'm glad I did. While the story is one that's been done before and discussed many times, the way it was done was very different and original. The characters were interesting and the story moved at an exceptional pace. The history was impeccable and very interesting and the wists and turns kept you guessing the entire story. The ending was tied up nicely leaving no loose ends with the exception of a possible sequel. Considering this was written by new authors I was very impressed. I look forward to seeing other books by these new authors..And now I see it's selling for a mere .99.. that's a steal. If you like science fiction with a real feel to it..this is a must read!
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Walks in and crawls into his bed.