Adrian Magson is the author of 20 crime and spy thrillers, including the Harry Tate series, the Lucas Rocco series and the Marc Portman series. His latest books are ‘The Locker’ (Midnight Ink - Feb 2016) the first in a new thriller series, and ‘Hard Cover’ (Severn House - March 2016), the third of his Marc Portman novels.
A book of two strands and timeframes some 30 years apart which
eventually come together, can really only be about travelling back and forth in
time - can’t it?
Well, not really. In ‘Sequence’,
Adrian Dawson demonstrates that bringing together a crime puzzle and a
scientific mystery in perfectly credible circumstances spanning a 30-year
‘gap’, is entirely possible.
One of the big questions
involving time travel is, if one can go back, why not alter the course of
history – hopefully for the better? The answer is, you can’t. What’s done is
done, especially if we know about it. However, what is possible (and ably
demonstrated here), is that someone can go back in time and alter circumstances
in such a way that the history we know remains the same, but has in effect been
influenced by the future, thus ensuring a different outcome to what might have
been the case.
The main theme of this
though-provoking book is the existence of a set of tables which hold the answer
to the whole of mankind. The person who holds the tables, it is believed, will
hold the universe in their hand. Tie that together with a very earth-bound
crime – a dead body holding an obscure script in Latin, and you have a double
For LAPD Detective Nick Lambert,
in June 2011, finding the body is the start of another case, especially when
his investigations bring him in contact with the enigmatic Sarah Fiddes and her
mute, savante sister, Tina.
For scientist Josef Klein (in LA
in 2040), unearthing a supposed piece of space rock with unusual qualities is
the start of a very different sort of quest, and one which soon becomes an
But these two worlds are not as
distant as the dates might suggest, and one impacts greatly on the other, with
I have too many questions about
the whole fascinating concept of time travel to be at all good for my sanity,
too many ‘what ifs?’ without resorting to strong drink. But this book was
surprising, in that it opened up a channel of thought that I hadn’t considered
before. It also did much more, in that it introduced a set of characters set
very much in their own time, characters taken by levels of obsession, belief,
conviction – call it what you will – which come across as entirely believable.
Thought provoking and tense.