Book Review: Time Will Tell By Eddie Upnick
This book was another one of those surprises that you are never really expecting. I needed something quick to read, or rather listen to, on my trip I was taking this past weekend. I needed to make sure that everything would work perfectly while I was driving, so of course I deferred to audible.com on my iPhone. Right before I left I downloaded this new book called Time Will Tell by Eddie Upnick. Now being a member of audible I would’ve use one of my monthly points, but I had used them all for the month. So I picked a title that wasn’t too expensive and just flat out paid for it. As it turns out, it was one of the better choices I’ve made.
The book starts out in year 2133, the Nazis have control of the world, and as you would suspect they did pretty much done everything they set out to do, including destroying most of the economies, committed mass murder, placed cameras in every location including bathrooms, bedrooms, and anything else that you can think of that would be an intrusion on your life to make sure that your loyal to the Führer.
Fortunately for the world, four scientists hatched a plan to change history. They’ve constructed a device that allows them to time travel back to Berlin in 1938 and change the world. As they set up the machine to transport them back and self-destruct once transportations complete, two SS agents follow them back at the last minute to chase them down, trying to prevent this from happening. These agents also bring some of the most horrific weapons from their timeline.
The four characters that have gone back in time were carefully selected to attack individual pieces of history to ensure the Nazis failed, each of the attacks taking place over a long cycle of history and correcting history to our current past. It kind of reminds me of some of the other sci-fi shows, particularly Doctor Who, when you see the Doctor go into the past and make something happen that makes history exactly the way it currently is known. The story is also being told to a keeper of a retirement home in confidence that it won’t be released for 10 years after his death.
The story tells the history of all four characters, from one of the character’s viewpoints. This includes his contact with several alien lifeforms, and at some points his involvement in galactic disputes. It’s remarkable to me the level of detail that’s been put into this story. As only the first two-thirds are actually the story, and the last third seems to be a grouping of details based around his life and a general idea of what happened following the main story.
Overall a very good read, or in my case a good listen. If you’re sci-fi fan are particularly fond of time travel, I highly recommend Time Will Tell by Eddie Upnick. I would rate this story and 8 out of a possible 10. Now I’m looking forward to some of his other books, such as 2052 or Future Tense. I hope that you’ll enjoy it too, and I look forward to seeing you on the next review.