I just finished reading The Kronos Interference by Edward Miller and J.B. Manas and it was great!
The cover touts it as “Crichton meets Hitchcock,” and it lives up to that billing and them sum. It is a fantastical look at time travel, and its implications, while weaving a plot of intrigue that is at times scary and scientifically brilliant, while creating amazing historical anomalies.
How do I talk about this without giving anything away? I should start with the teaser text on the back cover, which is as follows:
“How far would you go to save the world?
When physicist Jacob Newman is pulled from his family, his job, and his whole life to investigate a strange vessel discovered at the bottom of the South Pacific, he finds evidence of time travel, along with implications that a judgment day against mankind is imminent. But it isn’t until he cracks the time travel technology and uncovers a startling link to his own family history that he undertakes a dangerous mission back to 1924 to kill Adolf Hitler and undo a horrific episode of Earth’s violent past. The results are catastrophic, and soon he discovers much darker forces working against him—forces he must overcome if he hopes to save humanity and see his family again.”
I can’t say much more than they did, because I refuse to give anything away, but if you want more than my word for it, it was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 list.
It was called “heady and provocative” by IndieReader, “emotionally dangerous, morally challenging, and visually stunning,” by Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show podcast, and “a strong addition to general fiction collections,” by Midwest Book Review.
I second all of those. I couldn’t put it down and when it was over, I wanted more. Isn’t that the point of a good book? It also makes you think on moral and ethical levels making it all the more fascinating. Good books on time travel are hard to come by, but I think this one is done with the correct intentions. It poses the right questions and at times answers them as necessary.
Miller and Manas did their homework and have created something special with The Kronos Interference, that should be considered a modern classic tale of time travel.
I would like to tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil anything. This is an original story the likes of which I have never read. It takes on time travel in a wonderful direction, but still poses the standard time travel questions about ethics and morality. It’s about learning lessons and not repeating the same mistakes, while at the same time, it is about acting before thinking and making mistakes. All in all, it is brilliant.
Enjoy it and happy reading.
And read it soon… I understand they are working on a sequel!