Published by Audible Studios, Crown on September 26, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, History Travel
Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?
So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
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As a devotee of audiobooks, I will occasionally choose a book that might not ordinarily interest me because of the narrator. Peter Clines’ Paradox Bound could qualify as science fiction or fantasy and those genres rarely get my attention except this one did. I found the book description appealing and when I saw Ray Porter was the narrator, I jumped right in. Or, should I say, I jumped right back . . . or did I jump forward? Regardless of the direction, our protagonist Eli Teague and his unexpected partner Harriett (call me Harry) Pritchard are jumping forward and backward and into some events in our country’s history that will keep you guessing. To put it simply, they are in search of The American Dream. “What?” you may say, “Aren’t we all?” Eli’s and Harry’s search for The Dream is different because what they are seeking isn’t a hunger to achieve abstract goals and aspirations. What they are seeking is a literal object — an artifact which exists because our founding fathers, through the magic of Freemasonry and a mysterious Egyptian god, commissioned it to be made to represent their philosophy. To be brief and to avoid spoilers, I will say The Dream has disappeared and Paradox Bound is a delightfully imaginative past, present, and future search and rescue mission featuring charming characters, road trips, classic cars, old trains, and sinister Faceless Men.
Mr. Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators so I cannot be objective about his performance. I will only say this one was exceptional. He treats the guileless Eli and the world-weary Harry with affection and whimsy. I loved them both!
Even though it’s purely fiction, Paradox Bound is one of those books that make you wonder if you really know everything that’s going on around you. It is written, paradoxically, with equal parts of humor and darkness. There are real historical figures in the narrative and there are made-up figures. In the words of author Peter Clines, he maintains accuracy in some historical events and in the ones that aren’t accurate, it’s intentional. Translated, that means it’s his book and he can write it the way he likes. Intentional or not, I found parts of this tale too close to truth for comfort. Paradox Bound is very well-written and will have special appeal for listeners who like old cars, history, and irascible heroines.