Book review: Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
December 16, 2014 3 Comments
From the publishers: “It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.
Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.
Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century?
And, if so, could another single bullet save it?”
Time and Time Again: What I thought
I’m a Ben Elton fan and a time travel fan and this book was wonderful. Stanton comes from the future and his task is to prevent World War I. There is only one particular moment in time when he can make the leap to the past, and he almost misses it. But he gets there and gets the job done.
Of course, that is only the beginning of the story!
This story had a few really good twists. Every time when I was sitting back, seeing how this story would evolve, something happened that made me think, yes, of course, that is also possible!
Stanton is a 21st Century man who goes back to the past. Of course, he sees the world around him with our modern eyes. I liked that, as in historical fiction the point of view is (obviously) usually by someone from that era. Because of this, it was easy to feel engaged in the story, but it also created a distance: Stanton was never really ‘in’ this older time. So, it always felt slightly distant. That wasn’t a problem, as it wasn’t really historical fiction. It was about time travel.
The end of the story went rather fast and I wanted to pull the writer back, ‘Hey, slow down a bit!’, but in fact, it was the right thing to do as the ending was not quite the ending. Did I mention twists?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (very good)
Number of pages: 400
First published: 2014
I got this: for review from Transworld Publishers
Genre: historical fiction, time travel
Other books by this author that I read: Meltdown, Blast from the Past, Inconceivable, Dead Famous, High Society, Past Mortem, Chart Throb, and Blind Faith.