by Joe Kimball
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Timecaster by Joe Kimball

Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster-one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to school kids and obsess on his wife's profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses the TEV to view the crime, the identity of the killer is unmistakable-it's him, Talon Avalon.

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ISBN-13: 9780441019182
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Timecaster Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J.A. Konrath is the author of the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series that includes Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, and Shaken. Under the pseudonym Joe Kimball, Konrath has written the science fiction novels Timecaster and Timecaster Supersymmetry.

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Timecaster 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SpartanX15 More than 1 year ago
I just could NOT put it down. It is a great work which I have completely enjoyed. I was caught up in the plot within the first 15 pages or so. The flow was perfect, the characters fully conceptualized and the necessary back story was developed as the main plot flows. Wonderful, just wonderful.
StarSpun More than 1 year ago
Talon Avalon is a timecaster and a homicide detective. In 2064 Chicago,murder is almost unheard of in this new utopia, and he spends a lot of his time lecturing to grade school kids. His wife is a social worker (aka a government licensed prostitute). When Talon's neighbor shows up claiming that his aunt has been murdered and asks for his help, Talon is intrigued. When he goes to the sweet auntie's apartment to investigate, he finds an apartment chock full of contraband such as paper books, liquor, and even a still. When he uses the TEV to trace the crime, he's shocked to see himself kill the woman. It's unmistakably him, but it just can't be, and now it's up to Talon to prove his innocence. I am a HUGE fan of Joe Kimball's (aka J.A. Konrath) Jaqueline "Jack" Daniels series, so when I found out he had a brand new sci-fi novel out, I didn't hesitate to run out and buy it! Talon is actually Jack Daniels' grandson and he partners up with the grandson of another main character in the Jack Daniels series, Harry McGlade, who's grandson is just as disgusting, rude, and oversexed as his grandfather. Talon is a guy's guy, and he adores his wife, but does NOT adore her profession, even though it keeps them in a huge house and also paid for his 2024 Corvette Stingray, retrofitted for biofuel and ridiculously expensive. Most people ride special bikes and nearly every available space is used to grow biofuel resources. Going on the run in 2064 Chicago isn't an easy proposition, since everyone has a chip that serves as their credit cards, keys, ID, and more. But that's ok, because Talon takes care of that problem using moxy and a particularly rambunctious raccoon. He's also being pursued by a fellow cop and timecaster that already has a vendetta against him, and is out for blood. Kimball's trademark snark is on full display here, and the story is told from Talon's POV. There's lots of action, lots of cool futuristic gadgets, a ton of laughs, parallel universes, and a sex scene that had me in a fit of giggles (and it's not what you think.) This was a quick read (because I didn't want to put it down), and the ending opens up a whole new can of worms, so we can be sure there will be another in the series, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A reviwer wrote sometime in April 2012 that this was J.A. "Konrath's first foray into sci-fi". May I suggest reading SOME Konrath material before making idiotic statements like this? I've yet to read this book, but I couldn't help mysef, some readers are so ignorant, and it's like it is some kind of sin to NOT act like you know everything about the author while writing a review. I can personally say that I HAVE read everything except for this book and the one that follows by Konrath/Kimble/any pen name i can find for him, additionally I have read everything that he's co-written with others like Blake Crouch, but I wouldn't dare to say if he's written other genres. Please stick to the facts...yes i liked it bcuz.... no it sucked bcuz... Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<i>Timecaster</i> is more of an action/adventure story set in the future than a hard science fiction novel. Nevertheless, J.A. Konrath (writing as Joe Kimball) puts some interesting what-if ideas out there, and they help the story to good effect. It's a fast read--one cliffhanger after another. Overall, it was a mindless escape with the usual Konrath humor, lots of imaginative action sequences, and downright over-the-top violence and sex. I have a few minor quibbles with the plot, which I'll leave out to avoid spoilers. There are some anachronistic cultural references that should be long forgotten by the time of the story, but, as those are mostly just punchlines to throwaway jokes; they don't adversely affect the story. The book felt short, both in actual length and in the sense that the ending leaves you hanging. It's as though Konrath held back the final act in order to sell a sequel. Someday, I might read the next one in the series, but it's not high on my list. Formatting for the nook was pretty good, with just a few missing characters and a couple of backwards apostrophes. I wish the legacy publishers wouldn't put so much front matter in their ebooks; the reader has already bought the book and shouldn't have to click through pages of jacket copy. It felt like padding, as did the useless glossary at the end. Perhaps if there were links to the glossary wherever the futuristic terms are used, it would have been useful. But, honestly, the meanings are clear enough in context, and, by the time you get to the end of the book and realize there's a glossary, it's too late to make a difference.
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WilliamConner More than 1 year ago
As Joe Kimball, this is J.A. Konrath's first foray into Sci-Fi, and he turns out a very entertaining book. All the elements of classic Konrath are there - suspense, lots of humor and sarcasm, action, twists, depth of characters, intense violence, etc. But as Kimball he takes everything up a notch, including a jaw dropping sex scene. Add the futuristic setting with all of it's gadgets &amp; lingo and you've got the perfect Sci-Fi book. Plus with Harry McGlade III giving his so-called help to Talon you just can't go wrong. Looking forward to reading the sequel this summer 2012, Timecaster Supersymmetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can you say "Minority Report"? Yeah...yeah...not the same story...I get it. But stolen concept? For sure. Lame.
DeviousPlot More than 1 year ago
just to make things clear I HAVE NOT READ THIS. but this sounds almost exactly like the plot to Minority Report. does any one else agree?