A Fantastic Listen
5 out of 5 stars
Flux will definitely be a book that stays with me for some time. I’ve always been a fan of Robinson’s work – but I couldn’t put this one down. It had me from the very first flux and held on tight until the final sentence.
Flux tells a story of people “lost in time” as Robinson writes in his synopsis. They are fluxing back in time and not only do they need to figure out how to get back home but they need to figure out when they are and what caused this.
I realize now in my trying to write more about this book that I really can’t without spoiling it. It has a lot of things that happen. There are the obvious callbacks to movies like Back to the Future but there were other pop-culture references to things like The Land of the Lost among others. Robinson is able to put these in without them feeling forced.
The last third or so of this book absolutely flew by. I ended up staying up to finish it because I knew I only had a couple of hours left. I’m glad I did but I ended up sitting there shocked for a few minutes as well. The near ending (maybe with 20 minutes or so left) had me actually reacting out loud (there’s another reference I refuse to spoil that made me actually laugh out loud and say “wow”).
This was a book that was made even better by Jeffrey Kafer’s narration. He always adds something to all the stories he reads, but with Flux it was almost another level. It was just that good.
Flux is a book about (unexpected) time travel, but it’s also a book about so much more. It’s definitely a book about love, loss, and family. Robinson is able to pull emotion out of me numerous times throughout and I love him for it. There were times that I felt as hopeless as the characters in the book.
Also, the monsters and creatures that Robinson dreams up (along with plucks from history)… just perfection. A great addition to a time travel story is creatures. There is one particular one that had me Googling this morning to know if there was more mention of them.
Overall, a great story that is brought to life on audio. Flux is a book I won’t soon forget.
Lost in time, the town of Black Creek, Kentucky becomes home to temporal layers of people, creatures, and monsters from disparate eras. Journey beyond the time of humanity and witness the rewriting of mankind’s genesis.
For Owen McCoy, a typical day on the job as head of security for Synergy, a research company conducting mysterious experiments, is boring at best. And that’s the way he likes it. Patrolling the Appalachian mountainside, where his now deceased father taught him how to hunt, is relaxing and connects him to the past.
But today is not a typical day on the job. It begins with asking a thief to join him for breakfast. Seeking to set the young man on a better path, Owen invites him to walk the perimeter with him and consider a more honest living. Before their patrol can begin, they discover evidence that the facility has been breached. When Owen’s truck explodes, he’s confused, but ready for whatever might come his way.
At least, he thinks he is.
A wave of light-bending energy – the Flux – rolls down the mountainside, transporting Owen, and everyone in the nearby town of Black Creek, to October 14, 1985, the day before his father died. Two hours later, the second Flux hits, and then a third, and a fourth, each time collecting Black Creek residents from various times. They’re carried through eras filled with wild animals, monsters of myth, and ancient beasts…and then beyond.
Joined by a ragtag group of temporal stowaways, including family members, Owen fights to restore order, stop the Flux, and return home, facing off against futuristic tech, primal killers, and the fear of losing his father…again.
International bestselling author of The Others and Infinite, Jeremy Robinson combines science, action, and strong characters to create an ever-changing landscape that explores the past, the human condition, and the lengths people will go to save those they love.
Flux by Jeremy Robinson
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Published by Breakneck Media on May 31st 2019
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Also by this author: Hunger, From Above, Herculean, Viking Tomorrow