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The Continuum by Wendy Nikel
Review by Bill Lawhorn
World Weaver Press Trade Paperback / eBook  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781973828853
Date: 23 January 2018

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Time travel allows for unlimited opportunity and mayhem. Elise works for the Place in Time Travel Agency (PITTA). When travelers go amok, she cleans up. Her latest problem is bigger than it first appeared and leads her to find that there is more to worry about.

Elise must track down a pop star who went off the grid in 1912. Her quest to find and retrieve her quarry seems to proceed normally, but a missed piece of technology could leave millions at risk. Her visit to the past puts her near the Titanic's maiden voyage.

In the future Elise is sent to, she becomes trapped in a space habitat. One that could be in a Titanic-like position. She must decide if changing the future, if possible, is worth the risk. To top it off, she may not make it out alive.

This is a standalone novel not in an established universe so it does not have any barrier to entry. The story is told in the first person perspective following Elise through her adventures. Fans of time travel stories will find plenty to like here.

In the past, I really enjoyed the Time Patrol series of stories by Poul Anderson as well as Alex Scarrow's Time Riders series. Both series deal with maintaining a timeline and the adventures had by those charged with protecting the timeline. The Continuum fits right in with these series which explains why I was drawn to this story and why I liked it.

The story hits on several classic time travel tropes while visiting the past and the future. The problem of avoiding a paradox is one of the classic tropes. The story doesn't feel stretched as sometimes happens when an author tries to pad the story or tries to do too much creating an overly complex story which needs to have a hard to imagine series of specific things happen in order for the story to conclude.

The basic story is the classic time travel gone wrong with the hero needing to save the timelines and lives. Coming in under 200 pages means there isn't a lot of filler. I enjoyed the story and it didn't eat up a lot of my time getting there. I was happy that the story did not bog down in trying to explain the mechanics of how they time travel but rather focused on the effects and action of time travel. I believe that time travel should be left to short discreet pieces rather than a long, drawn-out event.

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