The Punch Escrow

The Punch Escrow

by Tal M. Klein

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Overview

The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Dubbed the “next Ready Player One,” by former Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman, and now in film development at Lionsgate.

"Featuring themes similar to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, the dense sci-fi feel of a Michael Crichton thriller and clever Douglas Adams-like charm, the book posits an intriguing future that is both inviting and horrific." —Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—the world’s most powerful corporation, in a world controlled by corporations.

Joel Byram spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday twenty-second century guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942645580
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 153,185
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children's book projects on Kickstarter —something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, "Daddy, why don't you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?" Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and will be the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.

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The Punch Escrow 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘The Punch Escrow’ incorporates, evil corporations, sci-fi technology, and some funny moments which all combined for a fun story. The plot is unique and inventive and the characters are fun and interesting. The writing is great, I really felt as if I was part of the story. If you love sci-fi (or 80’s music) this book is right up your alley. I highly enjoyed it.
Andrew Goodall More than 1 year ago
Great read! Amazing compact storyline with switching POV of the maine characters Jole and Jole2. “The Punch Escrow” has been a fun read it kept me interested the whole way through reading it, it was an unforgettable ride into the future! Klein had a lot of creativity and emotion that he spent putting into characters and the twisting polt. I found myself wanting to continue the read page after page the story was able to pull me in deeper. It provokes deep thoughts about the future, technology, and humanity. I can tell that the author spent a lot of time building this world for us to fall in to! The Plot: The Punch Escrow takes place in the year 2147 where teleportation is the main mode of transportation, people decide when and how they age with nanotechnology, each person has a neural transplanted comm system, and pretty much everything is automated or run by artificial intelligence. Joel Byram is on his way to Costa Rica to meet his wife for a second honeymoon when something goes terribly wrong with the teleport. He teleports to Costa Rica, but he doesn’t. Suddenly, there is another Joel in Costa Rica, meeting with his wife, and taking over his comms and identity. Now New York Joel is on the run from the corporation that controls the teleportation system, and from the religious group that is set out to destroy the company.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Keeps you interested with snarky him or and retorts as well as good storyline.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
The Punch Escrow is inventive, astounding, and intense! This one will take you on an unforgettable ride to the future! Prepare for twists and turns, action, humor, and a thought provoking plot. The Plot: The Punch Escrow takes place in the year 2147 where teleportation is the main mode of transportation, people decide when and how they age with nanotechnology, each person has a neural transplanted comm system, and pretty much everything is automated or run by artificial intelligence. Joel Byram is on his way to Costa Rica to meet his wife for a second honeymoon when something goes terribly wrong with the teleport. He teleports to Costa Rica, but he doesn’t. Suddenly, there is another Joel in Costa Rica, meeting with his wife, and taking over his comms and identity. Now New York Joel is on the run from the corporation that controls the teleportation system, and from the religious group that is set out to destroy the company. I don’t know if I have any words that can properly represent this book. I was blown away by the immense amount of creativity that Klein has shown with this story! This one is going down as a “one sitting read” because I could not put it down! The Punch Escrow is one of those books that provokes deep thoughts about the future, technology, and humanity. I can tell that the author spent a tremendous amount of time building this highly imaginative world for us to fall in to! The book has awesome foot note details that help us delve in to the “history” of the world, and the writing style has an immense amount of detail and imagery to help us really see the story. I really loved the plot. I felt like it really involved me, and I was thoroughly surprised at every twist and turn. When I arrived at the “big reveal” of the story, and the secret behind the teleportation system, my mind was blown! This plot revelation was unbelievable, incredible, and terrifying! I think I would have had the same reaction the main character had if I had found out this secret in reality. I really enjoyed reading the story from Joel’s perspective. He was an interesting character. He was intelligent, had a funny sense of humor, had decent morals, and ended up being pretty brave and heroic! I really loved his admiration for the 80’s (1980’s)! Klein did a fantastic job with getting us in Joel’s head and making us feel like we were caught in this crazy situation with him. I enjoyed the rest of the characters. I felt like they had just enough development to help me understand their personalities and roles in the story. I liked Joel’s wife, Sylvia. I was intrigued by Joel 2, and I really loved the “mad scientist” villainous character! This one made it in my top list of Science Fiction novels! It had an incredible plot, profound writing style, developed characters, and awesome plot twists! I really loved the Princess Bride reference and 80’s song title chapter names! There were so many fun science aspects in the story that I felt like the guys from The Big Bang Theory would approve of this book!
guthron More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced tale of one of Science Fiction's greatest what if questions. What if we really could transport? Klein explores this from the perspective of the 21st century looking forward, taking familiar technologies of today to make the process possible, then cramming that question into an existential tale of one man's quest to restore his life to what it once was. But, as the star-crossed Joel is destined to learn, Humpty Dumpty never goes back together again. My one issue with the story was that I felt Joel was way too-hotheaded all the time. As such, his actions were a bit predictable in their unpredictability: you could always count on him to do something stupid first. Thankfully he does seem to grow through the story, particularly once he was face to face with the cause of his existential crisis. Still, he managed to both grow and remain true to his inner self as established throughout the book. Overall, from start to finish, a nicely woven tale of mystery, intrigue, love, and espionage set in a dystopian Earth where even the mosquitoes aren't what one would expect them to be. Wait, did something just pee on me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Punch Escrow is packed with action and wit-it's Jason Bourne meets Mark Watney. The take Klein has on teleportation is both original and engrossing-this book definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I found the footnotes to be distracting at first, but after I got used to them they became an extra element to the story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Martian or the Bourne series.
PeterRyan More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Klein has written a mature and thoroughly unique sci-fi read.
StoneJamison More than 1 year ago
"Best Sci-Fi book I have read in years. Although I am usually a "Far Future" Hard Space or at least Space Opera reader, The Punch Escrow kept me entertained through and through. Truth be told, never before have I read a "Near Future" SF book quite as entertaining as this one. There was enough science FICTION to keep me interested in the technology, and enough actual science to keep the "near future" predictions believable. Trust me this is a VERY hard balance for a long time SF reader. Additionally, truly enjoyed the dynamic relationships between the protagonists. Their plight, and how it so very emotively impacted them made the whole story very "real." Really don't want to spoil anything for you, so I'll just leave it at this: Pick up a copy of The Punch Escrow before the movie comes out! 1, you won't be disappointed and 2, when all of your friends are talking about the movie, you can say, "Oh yeah, I LOVED that book!""
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
It’s the year 2147 and nanotechnology reigns supreme! There’s no more pollution because genetically engineered mosquitoes suck carbon dioxide out of the air. Cars drive themselves and chits are used to pay for travel. But the highlight of this world lies in teleportation, the ability to travel anywhere in the world in literally seconds. It’s all controlled by International Transport, a company where Sylvia, Joel Byram’s wife, works. The company is into changing life for the better, all with the science of quantum mechanics which IT’s scientists have completely dissected and applied to modern technology. But nothing is perfect, right? To start with Joel and Sylvia are about to celebrate an anniversary, and Joel realizes that this marriage isn’t working at all basically because communication between the two is nil, both in quantity and quality. Whenever Joel gets close to a time when they can stop and talk, something happens and the talk never occurs. Now Joel’s on his way to Costa Rica for a much-needed vacation for Sylvia and him. However, something goes very wrong and Joel is now the prisoner of IT scientists who proceed to explain that one part of him got transported to Costa Rica but another part of him, one might call “the soul,” is here, never left and ultimately probably dead although his body’s presence denies that last premise. Something’s gone dreadfully wrong and it all involves a war between corporate higher-ups, who just don’t know when to curb their greed and realize what they can’t accomplish with science, and a bunch of religious maniacs who believe the new scientific world is evil, the Tower of Babel Biblical story updated by centuries. All of this is accomplished with Joel’s snarky humor, clear descriptions (wee bit too many) of the hard science facts involved in the plot and this world, and a mystery filled with adventure and Sylvia and Joel go out of the box to find out precisely what IT Corporation has done that is science gone amok and why!!! For science fiction fans, this is a gem! Enjoy it all!