The Syndicate

The Syndicate

by Sophie Davis


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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.
Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920's, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture-as alluring a locale as they've ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.
Because history isn't playing out as it should be-a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they're willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

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ISBN-13: 9781530048809
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/29/2016
Pages: 642
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Syndicate 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors did an amazing job with this, creative as usual, just like the Talented Saga, I could not put this book down. It started off a little slow, which was to be expected but once it picked up, the excitement ran through all the way to the very end. I found myself using every opportunity I could to read this book. Even walking from my train to work (dangerous, I know !) The writing was descriptive, I fell in love with 1920's Paris. I felt like I was inside the book. There were so many different levels to the plot, it wasn't just one story line, but somehow they found a way to weave it all together. Sophie davis is brilliant. I was a little confused about how the customs stations work. Do they have a customs station set up in every single time period in every single part of the world in the hopes that someone will jump ? I would've liked to see that explained a little more thoroughly. But all in all, the most disappointment I had was finding out this has just been released in March and I'll have to wait at least a year for the next one :(
gordonpatrrick More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book for an Honest review. I have read all of the Talented Series and Blind Barriers Series and loved them. This Book does not disappoint. We start off with Stassi and Gaige in France in the middle of a job that goes wrong. Stassi has to flee in order to not be captured. I liked the relationship and banter that Gage and Stassi have its very amusing. They end up going to a second job in the 1920's where thing are not what they appear. I really like this book it has time travel, romance and mystery and I can not wait for the next one.
AngelLeya More than 1 year ago
Holy freaking cow! Stassi is incredibly grateful for the life she lives with the Syndicate--a time travel artifact procurement company--but she still wonders about her parents. A picture with a woman wearing her necklace points her to 1920's Paris, and when an assignment for that period turns up, she jumps on the chance. But this job, while more detail-oriented than others she's taken (stealing an unpublished manuscript from a famous and paranoid writer), has a lot more going on than she expected. Time has a hiccup, and she finds that her and her partners' lives are in danger--as well as the present time they left behind. Oh, my goodness. Where do I start? Let's talk about mystery. As if stealing a manuscript and trying to find more about the family you don't remember and the locket they left behind wasn't enough, there's danger on the loose in Paris that doesn't match up to the timeline. Pile on a healthy dose of romance and a load of Paris 1920's glamour, and a goofy partner that is equal parts entertaining and heartwarming, and you have a story that is equal parts entertaining and engrossing. I didn't want to put it down, and I find myself still thinking about it and wondering what all the future of the series has in store. This book goes on my must-read-the-whole-series list, which I only reserve for the absolute best stories. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Seriously, it is THAT GOOD!!!
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
The Syndicate by Sophie Davis impressed me with its mix of science fiction and history. The story begins with the Prologue during May, 1796 in Florence, Italy, which is being occupied by Napoleon and the French army. The main character, Stassi, has stolen Napoleon's letter to Josephine and she's running to ensure her escape. She's helped by her partner Gaige. They work for The Syndicate as runners and travel to the past to procure requested items that rich people pay a good chunk of money for. Gaige and Stassi later travel to 1925 Paris to collect a Rosenthal manuscript and they attend a party celebrating Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and its publication. Along with finding the manuscript, a serial killer on the loose adds to the suspense and danger. The elaborate cover stories of the runners, the historical background and interesting, dynamic characters make this a very fun science fiction read worthy of a 5 star rating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Syndicate employs time runners who travel back in time to retrieve artifacts. Stassi, her partner Gaige and roommate Molly are runners working for the Altic Syndicate under Cyrus. Time travel can be deadly! Stassi was almost captured on her last "run," by French soldiers in 1796! Molly was almost burned at the stake, taken for a witch! The next "run," for Stassi and Gaige will be difficult; they're going to Paris, 1925. What could go wrong...? Stimulating, suspenseful time travel adventure with a touch of romance! Strong characters, female and male, good banter and exciting action and storyline blend for an excellent read! First time reading this author, ready to read more! Enjoy!! I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book
sanshliangirl More than 1 year ago
*Copy Received from Netgalley* Originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie* This book is definitely one of my favorites! Set in the future, Stassi is a time traveler that goes back in time to gather items for the right prices. Original, fast pace, and very entertaining, I wanted to travel back in time again. Follow Stassi, I found her character to be quite interesting and strong. She was very smart, knew what to do in the toughest situations, and didn’t just stand by when there was trouble. I loved her as a character and she kept me interested in the story. I loved how they traveled to 1920s Paris. I loved the history and this area and wished I could travel back in time with them. I hope to read the rest of the series soon! All in all I give this novel a 5/5! It was very entertaining and definitely a series I want to finish. Do check it out if you like time travel, mystery, and suspense!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THE SYNDICATE!!!!! I read this every moment I got a chance. It was difficult to put down, but I finished it pretty quick so I could give an honest review. I immersed myself in this book because I loved the main characters: Stassi, Gaige, Charles, Cyrus and the rest. It was a fun, suspenseful, intriguing, romantic, descriptive storyline. I enjoyed being in 1925, along with Stassi & Gaige. I am looking forward to continuing this series! I've read many books by Sophie Davis, I loved the Talented Saga and am waiting for the next in that series as well as this one :)
Bryce-at-Novelstosong More than 1 year ago
Let's get straight into the review! Starting with the plot, I thought it was pretty well-done. The beginning starts out with the MC, Stassi, on a mission to retrieve a letter. We find out that Stassi is a runner, and she goes back in time to different places to steal ancient artifacts. She then brings them back to the present (which is 2446) to be sold to different buyers. It's like a black market for valuable objects from the past. The beginning started out very strong, and it did a very good job of pulling me in. I really like when books start out with lots of action, so I was quickly sucked into the story. However, it slowed down pretty fast after the first couple of chapters. This did put me off a little, as I was expecting a lot of action based on the first chapter. But once I got past that slow part, I had no problem getting back into the story. As for the characters, I really liked Stassi. She's witty, clever, and a strong female lead. I really enjoyed reading from her POV, and I liked how she dealt with the situations that she was put in. I also really liked her friendship with Gaige and Molly. I LOOOVED Charles. His relationship with Stassi was so cute, and I can't wait to see them in the next books!! There were a few small things that made me give the 4 stars instead of 5 (check out my review on my blog, to see my rant), but I still really liked the characters and the storyline. Although I did kind of see the ending coming, I thought it was the perfect segway into book two. I definitely want to see what happens next to Stassi and all of the other characters, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fresh, captivating premise for a new story in the Sophie Davis universe! These ladies are always great about dropping readers right into the action & getting you invested in their characters. Set in a futuristic world where time travel is a money-making business, we get to follow our new heroine through the streets of Florence as she makes a daring escape. After catching your breath, you get a good explanation on the technology & business side of this new enterprise & quickly learn about Stassi & Gage’s new mission. You can tell how much effort went into researching this book, with readers getting a lot of detailed points of history, sometimes a little too much at the beginning, when I just wanted to be sucked into the story. However, by the time we’re immersed in Paris, all the details vividly brought to life these characters & places. Stassi is a fun main character, especially with trying to control her innate sarcasm in a more restrictive time in history. Overall, Sophie Davis has crafted a more mature & engrossing tale compared to previous installments & that’s coming for someone obsessed with all of their series. I feel like there’s so much more to learn about these people & timelines. And the way new points & info are thrown out in every chapter keeps you reading long past when you planned to stop. Bravo ladies!
Crystal_619 More than 1 year ago
The Syndicate is another hit for Ms. Davis. This novel was an incredible read considering I really don't read this type of genre. Ms. Davis has a way with creating such a captivating story that I really don't consider it time travel. It has a hint of steam punkness to it which I love. The story within the story definitely kept me entertained. Wanting to find out where Stassi comes from and seeing who the bad guy is and if love is a possibility, the story makes you want to rush through it, but at the same time, you want to savor each scene. This is why I love reading Ms. Davis' stories and patiently wait for more.
JDue7 More than 1 year ago
Although I am a huge fan of Sophie Davis, I wasn't exactly looking forward to her idea for a time travel novel. It just didn't seem like my kind of story. Boy was I wrong. Once again, Sophie Davis has spun a tale that captivates. I don't like to restate the plot in my reviews, you can read that in the overview. What I will say is that just like all her other books, there are characters that are likeable and relatable, a story that is interesting and intriguing, the necessary plot twists to keep you wanting more, and just an all around great story. I am always amazed at the wonderful worlds she creates in her books, and the world of The Syndicate is just as great as any other she has created. Two big thumbs up from this huge Sophie Davis fan. The fact that I am already a fan of her books in no way swayed my review. Just check out her books and you will see why her reviews are so glowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a ARC of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. I, honestly, was reluctant to read The Syndicate because I have a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of traveling in time and not affecting the past, present or future. So, I reluctantly began reading this tale. Once I set aside my hangups, I found the plot and characters worth my time. The book starts in the middle of a jump gone wrong. We are introduced to Stassi and Gaige and catch a glimpse of their relationship. Their relationship is fully realized as the book draws on. I liked the chemistry and could see them as siblings though they are not related. I also liked the relationship that Stassi had with Molly and Cyrus, and I was glad to see more than just their initial interactions. I felt that the characters were believable and easy to like. The antagonist was creepy and I don't know that I got the closure that I wanted. I guess I wanted more details that explained a few things though I understand that authors leave some things for their readers to invent. The pacing was perfect. I thought this read had a good mix of suspense, romance, action, and intrigue. As I got deeper into the book, I found myself more and more reluctant to put the book down. The introduction of Ines and Charles and the mystery behind Stassi's necklace added to an already good story. This book had a few twists and I look forward to reading more about them. As much as I would like to say more, it would probably spoil the book. So, just grab a copy and enjoy the ride. My first thought after I read the last page was, "when is the next one coming out?" I really enjoyed reading the Talented Series and The Syndicate is just as well written and captivating. I also appreciated the absence of blasphemy, which is typically over used in YA books(though I hold the belief that it should not be used at all). There were some choice words that I could have done without, but I did not feel as though I was being cussed at. The romance was tastefully done and appropriate for the targeted audience. Thank you for an awesome read
Mokkelke More than 1 year ago
that story starts of quickly with a high end chase trough alleys and markets. stassi is running for her life, her partner not in sight. only at the very last minute does he show and "saves" her. when both are back at "their" present time you get a more detailed view of how the syndicate works. two people, runners, are sent back in time to recover old artifacts, artifacts that in turn are sold for a high price. sometimes a job lasts a few days, or a week. when stassi and gaige volunteer for the next job in paris, at the year 1925, they know it won't be an easy job since it's stated it will at least take 3 weeks. both have their own agenda but after a crash course they travel to "old paris" and get situated. from the first party there it's clear things aren't always what they seem. what should have been a routine job turns out to be so much more! mystery, danger, friendship,... a book well worth reading and i'm curious to the next one in the series! this was a new author for me and i wasn't disappointed. free copy given in exchange for an honest review
Teeniereads More than 1 year ago
As always, the authors do a great job with this book once again. It was well written and the characters are interesting and likable. Without giving too much away, the main characters are time travelers and are sent back to 1925 to capture something very valuable. I absolutely loved all the intricate details that were involved in the book. It was so interesting to hear details about authors of this era, their successes to come and their personal relationships. And very interesting to see it through the main characters point of view as she knew what would happen and had real emotion about it as she started to become friends with these people. It is obvious the authors did a good amount of research about the time period and this really shined through the characters in how they spoke, dressed and portrayed themselves. The two main characters have a very witty relationship and I found myself laughing quite a bit. I thought I knew what was going to happen and there were twists and turns that I did not see coming at all. I'm so excited to read the next book when it comes out because there are many unanswered questions about jewelry, a relationship she has with her boss and an unexpected love interest. This book was very different than I expected it to be, but in a very good way!!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC to give an honest review. If anyone who knows me knows I am not huge on time travel books, it is just something about them that turns me away from reading them. So when I was offered a copy I figured I would give it a try worse case is that I do not enjoy it. As I started reading I found myself wondering about how the time travel would work and how this world would be. I thought it was neat that you can suffer from time illness which isn't good for those affected by it. Stassi is a runner she and her partner Gage recover items from the past for clients pretty neat. The thing with Stassi is she has always wondered about her past so when a job comes up for her to maybe get answers to who her parents are she jumps at the chance. Though it seems that there is more that is going on in Paris in 1925 than Stassi and Gage thought. This job is suppose to take a while but with everything going on will they even be able to complete the job and will Stassi get the answers she wants? I really enjoyed the setting of Paris in that year, we get a taste of the clothing worn, the parties that were held to how women and men acted. I thought it was really neat we get to meet Hemingway. I loved how Stassi and Gage interacted as partners they had the humor in tough times which I thought made them two working together perfect. Though this is set in the future I didn't get that vibe the only thing that stuck with me is how they could time travel other than that I figured the year was 2016. Now one thing that I was hoping for was closure to the killings that were going on. Is it forever in history? Or was it wiped away? To understand that you have to read the book. The way the ending left off I do wonder what book two will have in store for us especially with a new runner coming into play.
Riv69 More than 1 year ago
(I received an ARC from the author for review. All opinions are 100% my own.) My first Sophie Davis book was Talented and it completely blew me away. Since then I've only read the second book in the Talented series but Sophie Davis has easily made it to my favorite authors list. I met her twice at BookCon (2014, 2015) and both times she was an absolute sweetheart. When I was able to get my hands on an arc of the Syndicate for review I was over the moon excited and after reading it, I'm so excited to jump back into Sophie Davis's books. The Syndicate did not disappoint at all. It's a wonderful combination of action and humor that takes place in 1920s Paris which is full of flamboyant parties and great literature. I absolutely adored the historical setting on this story and its contrast from the futuristic world that the characters are originally from. The whole premise of time traveling was so wonderfully executed and while I wish I could have gotten to know more about the premise, the time traveling aspect was a great set up for the overall story. The simple idea of traveling back in time to retrieve artifacts is so cool and I desperately wish we could have that now. Moving on to the characters, Sophie Davis has once again stolen my heart. I loved Stassi and Gaige from their witty banters to their undying dedication to each other. Their relationship as a team is firmly rooted in friendship, trust, and the willingness to do anything for each other. It was so cool to see the great writers of the 20th Century through a different lens from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald. I adored Hadley so much. She's like Daisy from the Great Gatsby with her flamboyant nature but with a wonderful personality. Then there's Charles Dupree. He is literally the perfect representation of a dream guy with his elegant nature. His relationship with Stassi was literally amazing and I desperately want answers. Have I mentioned that this book is full of crazy twists and turns? As if traveling back to 1920s Paris to steal a manuscript of an unpublished novel, there's also a serial killer called the Night Gentleman who has never been documented before in history. Needless to say, I didn't think he'd be playing a big part in the book but I was mistaken and spent a good part of the ending frantically turning pages and jumping at every sound. I kind of wish we got more regarding his identity but he's not dead yet so there's still hope for that. I think it's safe to say that I absolutely adored this book. Sophie Davis has a crazy amazing talent to spin a wonderful story that literally has a bit of everything. Read my reviews at:
Fionasbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, many thanks to the authors. As a huge fan of these authors I couldn't wait to read the first book in a new series. I was a bit dubious as I love the other series and wasn't sure this one would compare. I should not have worried in the slightest. The premise is a simple one - in the future there are runners who jump through time in order to retrieve items which their clients want to have. They are sent to a specific time and are tasked with fitting into society, finding the items and bringing them back through time to be passed on. It sounds simple enough, but at times it proves to be a lot more than an easy task. They encounter people who they need to charm, sometimes famous people. They need to dress for the time period they are inhabiting, but they have help regardless where they go. Stassi is a young woman with a hidden agenda, to try and find where she came from, who her parents were. She knows that the answer lies in Paris, so she jumps at the chance to be sent back in time to Paris in 1925. What she finds there, with the help of Gaige her jump partner, is more indepth than I thought when I first started reading. There are a lot of strands to the story, a lot to be unraveled. Even at the end of the book we are still left with unanswered questions. Another thing about the ending, it left me with an 'oh my god' moment. I cannot wait to read the next instalment as I was totally drawn into the world of the runners.
Youngadultatheart More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. I was very pleasantly surprised by The Syndicate. The concept of time travel interested me from the beginning but this book has so much more than just that. It also has mystery, murder and the start of a romance. The twist of having the murders thrown in that weren't part of that past history really added to the suspense. There were a few different plots entwined in this story, the main theme of travelling through time to find a lost manuscript, the murder mystery to solve and most enticing Stassi's past and the mystery of who her parents were. Even more intriguing is, what is the connection between Stassi and Charles' pasts? I laughed at all the witty banter between Stassi and Gaige, their relationship is just like a typical brother and sister. I liked the relationship between Stassi and her boss Cyrus. It was nice to see the parent less Stassi getting away with things that others wouldn't with Cyrus acting more like a surrogate father than a boss at times. I don't think that the relationship with her friend and roommate Molly has been fully developed yet. Even though Charles seems very proper and stuffy I think that is because of the time period that he is coming from. My favorite Stassi and Charles scene was the make out session in the Rolls, it is probably even more comedic in 1925 than it would be now. I didn't see the end coming until it actually hit, but I was very happy with it. I have no doubt that we will see things heat up even more between Stassi and Charles in the future (no pun intended). I imagine Charles will have no problem fitting in any time period. I can't wait to see what happens next as the mystery and suspense continue! The only negative is the copy errors in the book, although they are not as bad as in other Sophie Davis books they were still there. Mostly missing words or letters, they do detract a little for those of us that read every word. With that said I would still recommend this book.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Family. Friends. Work. Outside interests. All of these are important things, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. However, I also have a grudge against them – collectively, they conspired to slow my progress through the 399 pages of “awesome” that is “The Syndicate”. In my opinion, this is the best work that Sophie Davis has ever published – at least of what I've read to date – and that's saying something. Let's start with the concept. There are a group of high-tech thieves / con artists in the future, with the ability to travel and an interest in profiting from the acquisition of artifacts from history. Our main characters, time “jumpers” Stassi, Molly, and Gaige – as well as their boss, syndicate head Cyrus Atlic, are personally engaging and have interesting back-stories, although Stassi's is the only one to receive significant attention in this first volume. And supporting characters? I could talk about the squad assisting the jumpers – Ms. Davis appears well aware that there are many jobs besides “star” in a major production. Instead, I'll mention literary Illuminati of 1920s Paris – Mr. And Mrs. Ernest Hemmingway. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Sylvia Beach. Oh, and a Mr. Charles DuPree, who holds more than a little mystery – including from himself. The basic plot – two runners from the future infiltrate the 1920s literary society to obtain a never-published work from author Andre Rosenthal. This task is complicated by the fact that the author is paranoid (apparently justifiably) about his work being pilfered, and has hidden it in sections around Paris. Straightforward enough, except that it turns out that there is a serial killer stalking the city – one that does not show up in the history books, and one that has demonstrated an interest in our protagonist, Stassi. Mix in a rogue Time Runner, along with a romantic subplot among people of different millenium, and intermix the plots so that they are all progressing along side each other – much as life itself occurs for us every day – and you have “The Syndicate”. I can't say that the work is perfect. I was hoping for more answers regarding the serial killer, especially the climax of that subplot. I still have questions, even after having completed this book – they weren't answered in the text, nor is there any indication that we will be revisiting them in the sequel(s). However, the plotline IS concluded in the text, as are the others introduced through this text. While there is plenty of room for a sequel, the book itself is self-contained without cliffhanger. Ms. Davis, the affection you have for this concept and for your lead characters just oozes out of every paragraph, and it is contagious, at least for this reader. Stand up, take a bow, take a little break – and then get back to your computer, because I, for one, am already impatiently awaiting the next book in this series. RATING: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for those sites that cannot handle fractions of a star. DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book at no charge in return for an honest and prompt review. The fact that I loved it was earned by the author through her literary efforts, not a precondition of acceptance.
LadyGraymalkin More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I can honestly say (gush) that I adored this book. It is a gorgeously written, incredibly detailed and researched novel that is like the best parts of Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and a bit of Veronic Mars put together. (It would probably make an epic TV show, someone get on that, please?) I need everyone to read this book so I have someone to discuss it with. The Main Character had so many charmingly irreverant asides that I absolutely laughed out loud many times. (This is such an unusual occurence for me that my family kept asking if I were ok.) I don't want to give any plot points away, because everyone should be allowed to enjoy watching the story unfold for themselves, but there is mystery, romance, humour, and science fiction in all the right measures.