There have been several movies out this summer that were on my “must see” list, and I have to confess, I haven’t made it to the theater once this season. That’s quite all right because when I haven’t been working, I’ve been kayaking at a nearby lake, taking hikes, and visiting open markets. When it’s too hot for that (and it has been HOT this year), I’ve buried my nose in a pile of books.
One of the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading doesn’t actually release until next week, but if you’re a fan of Techno-Thrillers, you’ll want to take note of Trial Run by Thomas Locke.
The premise: What would you do if you could break the bonds of time and space?
In Trial Run, two rival groups working from the same notes are attempting to do just that. One group is an ultra secret team led by Reese Clawson trafficking in secrets. The other is a group of European scientists seeking to discover where perception ends and reality begins.
Both groups have the same problem: members of their teams are in jeopardy and time is about to run out for everyone involved.
Trent Major is a UCSB graduate student in theoretical physics who has spent his entire life trying to be invisible. Now a series of impossible dreams have led to revolutionary breakthroughs in quantum theories, landing him in a spotlight he is completely unprepared for. Should his work fall into the wrong hands, the cost will be catastrophic.
Trial Run is a fast-paced, mind-twisting adventure that will easily keep fans of techo-thrillers turning pages and clamoring for more. Locke masterfully weaves the complexities of human relationships with our insatiable quest for ever-expanding knowledge, while offering a solid reminder that time isn’t as simple as we’d like to believe.
The story itself is filled with a rich cast of diverse characters from nearly every walk of life and offers mind-bending concepts that had me re-reading the same page on a few occasions. That said, Trial Run is written in such a way that even the most complex elements of the story still seem feasible.
I found it easy to get lost in the pages of this novel. It took me about a 12 hours spaced out over a week to read, during which time I nearly returned late to work from lunch and stayed up long past bedtime. The most difficult part of reading Trial Run was the realization that my copy was an advanced reader, which means I have to wait that much longer for the sequel.
I believe Trial Run will appeal to fans of Asimov and Philip K. Dick, and I have already recommended it to friends who enjoy the works of both. For more information about the Fault Lines series, author Thomas Locke, and for a free digital download of Double Edge — the prequel for Trial Run, visit www.tlocke.com.
Trial Run releases August 4, 2015 in both digital and traditional print versions.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.