Travelerby Dennis W. Green
Travis Becker is a police detective. So is Travis Becker. And Travis Becker. As a matter of fact, Travis Becker is a detective in countless existence streams, all of them living various versions of their lives, completely and safely unknown to each other. That is, until a brilliant scientist friend of his not only discovers the existence of parallel timelines, but how… See more details below
Travis Becker is a police detective. So is Travis Becker. And Travis Becker. As a matter of fact, Travis Becker is a detective in countless existence streams, all of them living various versions of their lives, completely and safely unknown to each other. That is, until a brilliant scientist friend of his not only discovers the existence of parallel timelines, but how to navigate them as well.
When a tragedy in one reality causes a chain reaction of events in other realities, Trav suddenly finds himself both at odds with and allied with different versions of the same people he knows throughout every reality...including himself. And if he can't trust himself, who can he trust?
As the stakes grow steeper and Becker struggles to keep his sanity intact while fighting to keep the very fabric of time from unwinding, he realizes that the decisions he makes are not always black and white...sometimes they are blue and red.
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I’ve always been drawn to books with any kind of dimensional travel be it time, parallel universe, or ‘space’. Initially getting to know the characters was a bit confusing and I was a touch skeptical. Trav wasn’t a super likable guy which was understandable and made me want to get to know him but also kind of want to shake him! This changed as I became even more immersed in the plot and began to see his personality through all of his angst. I absolutely loved the action and mystery of figuring out what was going on right along with Trav. I was completely engaged and then a lot of things started to come together. I couldn’t put it down and even put off dinner to finish. My favorite parts of the whole book are the twist I didn’t see coming, and the end. I can’t say much about the twist because ‘spoilers’ but I absolutely loved it because of the fact it was really a surprise for me. The ending was also amazing. There is another book which I’m eager to read to continue on this adventure with Trav but this book has a very nice ‘wrap up’. I really appreciate having closure at the end of a book. If you like mystery with some bonus sci-fi I highly picking this up. This novel was provided free from the author through CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.
Solid First Novel. Thumbs Up! 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 no where 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.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.
Traveler, by: Dennis W. Green. I met Dennis Green at a recent science fiction & fantasy convention. I asked him to pitch Traveler to me, while chatting at the author meet and greet. I have to admit, I was hooked before he paused to take his first breath. We decided to swap books, read, and review the other’s work. Here are my unbiased thoughts on Traveler: Sometimes, authors can get carried away with the ideas and concepts that constitute the science of their fiction, yet on others, they focus so intently on the spatial backdrops, or otherworldly settings, that the story inherently suffers. But in some cases, the author is able to balance the scales and achieve a harmonious blend with what is known to us and that which is abstract, or foreign. On occasion, it is that perfect amalgamation of genres that captivate our inner science fiction geek, while at the same time fulfilling our need for suspense and good old fashioned detective fun. Enter Traveler. At its heart, Traveler seeks to examine the complex relationships between probability, reality, and choice, while also keeping its feet relatively close to the ground (literally, not figuratively). This is some heavy science to confront, and done differently, could have tipped the scales and completely changed the dynamic of the story. With that said, Green hits the sweet spot (in my opinion) and has crafted a story that is equal parts human interest and mind bending science. It is a credit to Green, as both an author, and a storyteller, that the confluence of moving plot pieces comes together to form such a clean, well-paced, and captivating plot. The science is dissected and presented in such a way that it is easy to understand, while also believable. Part of this success lies with its characters. Trav Becker is a great main character, but so are Trav Becker, Trav Becker, and also, Trav Becker. Never before have I been presented with the same character in such different ways, and thanks to concise writing, kept them all straight. Trav Becker is flawed, contrite, and as far as leading men go, top notch. We learn some valuable lessons about life from him, such as the weight of the decisions we make, the lasting effect of consequences, as well as the idea of forgiveness. All of this is thanks to his various iterations. Sam is another strong character, and counteracts Trav’s Captain Kirk as a more logical and emotionally controlled Spock might. He is a necessary function for the plot, as he provides both backstory, and the implications of the science itself. I found Sam to be likeable, well-formed, and generally easy to care about. Mary presented a very unique opportunity within the plot, as in one instance, she represents a love lost, while in another, a love fulfilled. I really like the dynamic she represented, and how she was utilized within the story. Morgan is another personality that makes the most of her limited page time. She provides a classic, non-scientific link to Trav’s predicament, while also squashing many of the stereotypes associated with female characters in fiction. I am confident that Morgan will win a place in many reader’s hearts, just as Trav, Sam, and Mary (and Morgan) have in mine. I found Traveler to be an intriguing, addictive, and heart wrenching read, and can honestly say that its story, and its characters, will stick with me. I have read some reviews that criticized the book because of its various interludes. After the first such break in action, I was prone to agree. Yet, as I progressed through the story, and learned more of the science woven into the plot, the more I started to appreciate them. Through these interludes, Green is able to expand the scope of Traveler, and also provide some tangible links to the science of a multi-dimensional world, both to significant events in world history, but also to pertinent achievements or events within the plot itself. I found these interludes wildly creative, and very successful at building the lore behind the science. I give Traveler 5 stars. It is an engaging, genre-bending story with just the right amount of twists and turns. It offers wonderfully flawed and relatable characters, a vivid setting, and some clever music tie-ins (for us music lovers). I strongly recommend this book!
Good science fiction, and good jazz for that matter, is beholding to its roots. Dennis Green has skillfully tipped his hat to those who came before him while skillfully making Traveler uniquely his own. I really enjoyed the interludes that implied quantum theory and parallel universes may have something to do with “psychic powers” and that the truth may really be out there. Traveler, a great juxtaposition of SF and murder mystery, is a great read – a real romp across the slipstreams of reality. I highly recommend it and look forward to the sequel.
I started reading Traveler on a Sunday afternoon, with the intention of getting back to work after the first chapter, well 75 pages in I still had not put the book down and my sunday was slowly fading away. The story starts off with so many things that just make you want to keep reading to see how the author ties it all together. A great start.