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Timecaster by Joe Kimbal reminded me of a lot of books I've read and a few movies I've seen. I had a difficult time getting through it. I knew I was going to have trouble when the very first sentence made me feel out of breath. The story reminded me strongly of several Phillip K Dick works, particularly Minority Report and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I couldn't find it in me to care about the characters. I couldn't get into the plot either; I didn't find it believable or plausible for something supposedly happening in Chicago in 2064. I'll have to give this one a 3.5 for effort and leave it for more patient and tolerant readers than myself.

Book Blurb for Timecaster

Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster-one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to school kids and obsess on his wife's profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses the TEV to view the crime, the identity of the killer is unmistakable-it's him, Talon Avalon.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 3.50