Time Stand Still: (Book 1 in the Darren Camponi Mystery Series)

Time Stand Still: (Book 1 in the Darren Camponi Mystery Series)

by John Misak


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Time Stand Still: (Book 1 in the Darren Camponi Mystery Series) by John Misak

It's the offer of a lifetime. Get a chance to go back in time and relive the days of high school.

Private Investigator Darren Camponi gets the offer so many people dream about. He's been hired to find an old classmate who has stolen intellectual property; time travel. His classmate, Jason Caufield, is on the run from the government and the university he stole from. Everyone wants the tech for obvious reasons, and they are willing to do anything to get it. Camponi gets in over his head. What had seemed a simple locate turns into a game of cloak and dagger, and no one is safe.

Caufield needs a volunteer. Camponi reluctantly agrees. Once in the past, Camponi tries to change events, as he has inadvertently chosen a time just before his grandmother's suspicious death. He has forgotten most of what happened and must somehow piece the events together and prevent her death. Caufield warned him about changing events. Every action Camponi takes has a consequence, both in the past and the present.

In the end, Camponi must prevent a murder in the past and unravel a conspiracy in the present, all while paying careful attention to every move he makes. What seemed like a dream, returning to his youth, has turned into a nightmare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497315280
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Time Stand Still 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Ohio private investigator Mike Holmes offers his New York City friend and colleague Darren Camponi some easy work. A university hired Mike who subcontracted to Darren to locate a former employee Jason Caufield who the school claims stole intellectual property. Darren knows the mark as he went to Merrick High School with him. Though wary of cases that seem too easy like this one in which he only has to report the locale of Caufield, Darren begins his investigation only to quickly learn that the college is not the only bureaucracy interested in the missing Jason. The FBI wants to find him too and they pressure Darren to drop his search. However being a native Long Islander, Camponi refuses to quit at any costs. Still when he finds Jason, he learns the intellectual property is a time machine that needs testing, but will the beleaguered Darren be willing to serve as guinea pig? John Misak provides fans with an amusing exhilarating hard-boiled private investigative tale that is fun to read because of the hard case mentality of the lead protagonist. Darren fills the plot with zest as he struggles with the Feds, the university, and even NYPD to complete his mission. Though the minor dab of science fiction seems out of place within this wild ride, Mr. Misak somehow effortlessly switches the genre so that the audience like Darren half believe that Jason has invented what he claims. Perhaps the only error in TIME STAND STILL is that Manhattan has no 43rd Avenue. This is a terrific detective tale worth reading. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like reading new authors. I found this book by clicking on the wrong link one day, and I must say I am happy I did. The toughest thing about this book is classifying it. It has elements of suspense, mystery, sci-fi, and humor. All of the ingredients mix well and create a fantastic story. This book is about what happens when you get the chance to relive your past. The author thinks of situations and ramifications you'd never think of, and deals with issues that most books about time travel never cover. I don't think this book is really about time travel, it's about life, and how ordinary people get through it. If you like books that pull you in and never let you go, this one does just that. At some points, it had me laughing out loud. At others, it had me thinking 'How did he think of that?' Buy this book for yourself or a mystery lover in your life. You'll be happy you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time Stand Still was kind of a tough book to read because the characters never really get off the ground, meaning they're flat and one dimensional. The middle was okay, but the ending was predictable. I couldn't really recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started off as a normal detective story. Then, out of nowhere, it launched off into one of the most interesting stories I have ever read. Everything's here: great characters, a mind-boggling plot, humor, tension, and a clever narrator. This is fiction at its finest, both literary and entertaining, accessible to just about anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say this book was disappointing at all. In fact, I found it to be quite good, and highly entertaining. The book is paced well, written well, and has a good deal of humor to boot. If you like mysteries with an interesting twist, this should do the job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I met this writer at a local signing, and was thrilled to be able to read a book from an author I'd actually met. But the book was very disappointing.