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How many of us have wished for the ability to travel through time? With such a power, we could avert past wrongs, save loved ones from personal tragedy, prevent major world disasters, and catch a glimpse of what the future holds in store for us. Joe Cooper has found such a power - and uses it. Together with his partner, Niki Ling, and Russian hit-man Smirnoff, Joe embarks on a series of adventures in an attempt to change the world for the better. But, as they soon discover, altering events in one reality can have alarming effects in another.

Time Leap 1: Date Me is the first of three time-travelling books by author Steve Howrie. Let yourself go and travel through time with Niki, Joe, and Smirnoff as they discover what life could have been like in ancient China at the time of the first emperor; find out who actually built the Egyptian pyramids, and what their function was; and experience an unusual matriarchal society in Scotland in 50,000 AD.

©2019 Steve Howrie (P)2020 Steve Howrie

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Examining the paradoxes

Having been brought up on hard Science Fiction such as Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlein, I have to say this is not that.......
As a huge fan of the time travel genre I started this with interest. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a well written and well preformed story. It is a simple book that makes no attempt to explain how time travel could work, it just does. But what it does discuss in an extremely clever way are the paradoxes that would arise. Very skilled writing that really leaves you thinking.
All in all, a good book that leaves you wanting more. Roll on the next two in the trilogy being recorded by Audible.

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A well written and highly inventive book!

I need to preface this review by explaining that I'm a big fan of Steve Howrie's work having read all of the novels in the Time Leap trilogy. I was delighted to discover that the first Time Leap Novel "Date Me" was now available on Audible. Actually hearing the story being narrated by a veteran audiobook narrator like Graham Mack is a wonderful thing. He does a great job of bringing a diverse array of characters to life which helps to flesh out nuances in the story that I missed the first time I read it.  Listening to the Audible version allowed me to connect with the work with fresh ears. Time Leap: Date Me is all about what happens when a couple perfectly ordinary people find they have the ability to Time Travel. Joe is a financial advisor and Nikki (his Chinese wife) works in book distribution. A lot of the drama in the first half of the book revolves around Joe and Nikki's efforts to prevent terrorist attacks. However, as they gradually come to terms with their new found power they become more ambitious in their goals as they try to stop World War 2 and prevent a nuclear holocaust in the future. In order to carry out tasks that require a skill set that neither Joe or Nikki possess, the couple enlist the services of Smirnoff a Russian hitman. Howrie writes Smirnoff as rather sardonic character that grows way beyond the cliche he so easily could have been. Smirnoff really grew on me and is the standout character in Time Leap. I hope Howrie one day gets around to writing a spinoff Smirnoff series called "Plenty of Time to Kill". The dramatic potential for a story about a time travelling hitman would be tremendous! In the later stages of the book, Joe and Nikki are driven firstly by the altruistic desire to prevent the death of the “people’s princess” then they start on time travel tourism in earnest and head to ancient Egypt which turns out to be very different from what they had imagined. After some more time travel in ancient China, they take they first big jump into the future.

This is a consummately well written and highly inventive book recommended for fans of sci-fi and time travel! 

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  • 19-10-20

Great Adventure.

A great time travel adventure..
Light hearted and an easy listen.
Not normally a time travel fan, but I loved this one.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.