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. Volume XV Number 4 . . . . October 10, 2008
The Department of Time and Space takes custody of the machine and the corpse and shuts all other investigations down. Our hero, Spider, an ex cop, who left the force under “circumstances,” is curious about the mystery corpse who doesn’t appear in the official records, but he has a problem with whom he can trust. His boss at the repair shop is Dickhead McMahon, another off-the-wall character with an agenda all his own. The woman Spider once had an affair with is Inspector Iris Street in charge of the initial investigation into the murder. They were both constables on the force; he feels resentment for the way he was treated. This affair also helped break up Spider’s marriage to Molly, his ex wife. But now Molly is constantly calling Spider to repair her computer, coffee pot, and even the toilet when it stops talking to her. She doesn’t realize she is constantly in peril as the various forces try to keep Spider in line.
Things really begin to get complicated when Spider and the other characters start moving through time. He meets older versions of himself and tries to prevent events that have already happened. Time-lines split as scenes are replayed. The story goes back and forth from Spider’s present, to the end of time. He does not know who to trust as various factions battle to control time.
A sometimes gory science fiction story, blending murder, time-travel, adventure and a cast of interesting characters, this is one tale that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Who will live; who will die? Which version of Spider Webb will still be with us at the end?Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait is a fast-moving novel that will appeal to the reader who appreciates complicated plot lines, murder, and amusing dialogue. The “F” word is used on occasion when Spider is under stress.
Ronald Hore, involved with writer’s groups and writer’s workshops for several years, retired from the business world in Winnipeg, MB.
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