In a book worthy of Michael Crichton’s legacy, A.G. Riddle delivers a non-put-downable, twisty, stay-up-late reading scientific thriller of parallel universes and quantum entanglement theory that upends your very sense of the flow of time.
A group of five scientists, originally connected via Stanford, get venture funding to try to develop a transportation device that could instantaneously move items around the globe using quantum entanglement theory. Turns out all the scientists have both deeply guarded secrets as well as financial distress that leads them to take the venture funding. They also have no idea if the idea is feasible until an accidental discovery enables them to create a time-travel device, Absolom, that can move mass into parallel universes. Trying to fund their company, the best use they come up with is for the exile of dangerous criminals and terrorists to the pre-historic past, with governments paying licensing fees to use the technology. Out of fear of Absolom, crime on Earth goes away.
Which is all fine until one of the scientists, Sam, is wrongly accused of murdering his colleague and lover Nora. From there everything in the Absolum world starts to unravel, and you find yourself immersed a scary murder mystery with time travel, dinosaur battling, and spying. Each character proves so compelling that you get swept up in their individual life stories as well as their intense team dynamics.
Best of all, the intensity of the plot has you quickly suspending disbelief and simply immersing yourself in where this thrilling ride will take you and who indeed is the murderer of Nora. Clear your time for this one, as you’ll not be able to stop reading. Next up- I’m completely inspired to read some of A.G. Riddle’s other novels!
Thanks to Head of Zeus, AdAstra and NetGalley for an advanced reader’s copy.