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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Killing Time is the third book in A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed Series by Mike Murphey and a wonderful treat for fans of time travel with sophisticated characters and delightful plot twists. It is 2046 and ninety-three-year-old Sean Brody is living comfortably at the Brookhaven Assisted Care, North Phoenix. He has always been careful and has made safe choices in his life. But he is not without regrets and a chance at redemption is offered when Marshall Grissom and Marta Hamilton visit and ask for his help in saving Sheila Schuler, a friend of theirs and a fellow traveler lost in the limbo of time. Traveling back to his childhood in a parallel world has its challenges and one of them involves dying in Sean’s current world.
This book felt like an adventure of a lifetime, a perfect meld of science fiction and time travel, a story that confronts the reader with an eerie world of dreamland and the challenges of a waking one. The characters are elaborately written and I enjoyed how the author allows cultural elements to reflect through these characters. I loved Sean the moment I met him in the story and the author creates him to be a well-read, cultivated person, qualities that add to his eccentricity and make him a protagonist that readers will root for. The plot is cleverly written, overflowing with unpredictable twists. Killing Time is never lacking in drama, and it is heightened by the skillfully crafted dialogues. Mike Murphey is a master in the time travel genre, a great storyteller who creates believable characters and worlds that are exciting to navigate.