St. Sunniva University in Minnesota is is home to a deadly accident in the time-travel lab of one of the university’s esteemed professors. The university is eager to keep this information under wraps and university security officer Nate Kirkland and Julia Olson, assistant to the dean of science, are assigned to investigate. The investigation is going to require that they take advantage of the time travel machine to go backward in time to find out what lead to the events in the present. But the evidence is pointing to a murder and a cover-up and when Kirkland, Olson, and a pair of grad students enter the time machine, they find themselves whisked back to ancient Pompeii just a day before the devastating eruption. Now they must overcome history in order to save themselves and find the answers they’re looking for.
I found this book to be a great deal of fun at times, and tremendously dull at other times. When the characters were left to explore and experience events, this was entertaining. When we were provided with information about the characters or the school or the time-machine (or even moments in history) it felt like a dull info-dump session.
You do need to buy into the basic premise that the school is trying to protect itself against academic espionage (not the most exciting of themes for me) which is why it won’t report a murder. Once you’ve given in to that, you are ready for the rest.
The moments I enjoyed, typically the exploring of the past, I enjoyed a lot. But when the book didn’t hold my interest I struggled to want to read any more.
Looking for a good book? The Far Time Incident by Neve Maslakovic is a time travel romp mystery story that has moments of real enjoyment but lacks novel-length consistency.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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The Far Time Incident
author: Neve Maslakovic
series: The Incident Series #1
paperback, 342 pages