In the early twenty-first century catastrophe strikes, shattering the Earth’s timelines and leaving in its wake a bleak, post-apocalyptic future. The world realigns. With past and future fractured, communities desperately cluster together for protection from marauding War Clans and predatory Scythers. Humanity is under attack from the worst enemy it’s ever faced: humankind itself. In this climate of terror, a new breed of enforcer is neededthe Keepers.
Ex-soldier and ex-cop, hard-drinking Keeper Jack Trevayne is armed, surly, and vulgar. Equipped with his sentient motorbike, he is the only one who can protect humanity while keeping the timelines clean. He has the skills and he has the attitude. But he’d just rather have a beer.
The future is complicatedJack is not.
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About the Author
Peter Ryan is an English professor at a university in South Korea. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Sync City was inspired by a tour of the synchrotron at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Canada, and the question of what would happen if something went horribly wrong. Peter lives with his wife in Seoul. Sync City is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Irreverent, hard-boiled sci fi. The anti-hero, Jack, is a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, ex-soldier/ex-cop/biker trying to save a f-ed up world. Love his badass attitude and the biting social commentary. Some strong female characters, too. Cool references to Canada (Saskatoon/Saskatchewan) and Korea, as well. A great read!
If you like Mad Max and Jack Reacher then Sync City is going to blow your socks off. A seamless mix of hard-boiled detective and post apocalyptic Sci-Fi, the plot grabs you by the throat and keeps on squeezing. The hero of the piece Jack Trevayne, is a Keeper, or Temporal Enforcement Officer as he’s known. He pulls no punches as he rides his time shifting motorbike across a planet beset by temporal glitches as he tries to keep the peace. With a sly nod to Knight Rider, Jacks trusty but lethal steed has the ability to morph its firepower up to two generations ahead of the time zone it finds itself in. In the aftermath of the temporal event known as The Blink, Jack is pitched against all kinds of enemy forces, War Clans, Scythers and a multitude of other murderous forces roaming through the fractured time lines. But then things start to get really bad. Whole communities disappearing, overnight and lethal attacks by unknown forces in broad daylight. Something is changing and Jack doesn’t like it. Now all he has to do is stay alive long enough to stop it. If you read one new Sci-Fi book this year make it SYNC CITY…I loved it!
Warning: violence, more violence, bad language, and did I mention the violence? I'm very impressed by the tone and voice of this, and the consistency thereof. The story is told in the first person, through the eyes of the hero, Jack Trevayne; Jack characterises himself as Not A Nice Person, and his impatience with nuances and subtleties colour the narrative. He's a cocky, testosterone-fueled action hero, but somehow he manages this without coming off as arrogant or at all in love with being macho. That, I think, can be a very difficult balance to maintain, yet Ryan does it quite handily. The story is also told in two parallel narratives: one set in the past, the other set in the present. I think I was about halfway through the novel before I noticed that this was how Ryan was feeding New Information to me: rather than present everything in a text dump, the "past" narrative was paying out information relevant to the "present" narrative, just at the point where it was wanted. This is another difficult and interesting thing to coordinate, and I am impressed.
This is an engrossing book. The action is well written but what I was most interested in was the alternative world Ryan was able to create. I don't read a ton of science fiction but have always been interested in the concept of time travel and Ryan does an excellent job exploring a world without time. In a book about mixing timelines, there are two alternating stories--past and present--moving forward simultaneously. Intentional or not I thought that was a neat trick and pretty meta, blending timelines in a story about blended timelines. I would have liked to see more of the world outside the fuel depots--which seemed too based in our current reality anyway--but there will be plenty of opportunity to see that in the next book, which I eagerly await.
Sync City hits the throttle on page 1 and doesn’t let up till the end. Peter Ryan’s dystopic world is as unique as it is brutal and his main character is hugely entertaining. Very highly recommended!