Newly retired workaholic Roy Washburn is not ready for a life of leisure. On a trip to the mall with his wife, he finds a small metal cylinder with odd markings. One nudge of the cylinder's triangle-shaped pointer and Roy finds himself embarking on an exciting new adventure in the Time Stream. There he meets The Traveler, a tall, gangly being who shows Roy how to use the cylinder to visit other civilizations that co-exist on "his" Earth, each occupying a different, thin Time Slice. The Traveler solicits Roy's help in recovering an object invented by his murdered father and beyond his own reach. Roy is his last hope. At first it seems that the Traveler's wish might be easily granted. But after Roy's wife Emily becomes ill and his daughter's long-held resentments rise to the surface, he can no longer "travel" at a moment's notice. He also discovers the very real physical and mental risks involved in roaming the Time Stream. Despite the dangers, Roy is determined to help the Traveler. But he can't do it alone. Fortunately he has a loving wife and a core group of loyal friends. But first he must convince them-and his daughter-that he isn't crazy ...
I had assumed that this book would focus mainly on the time travel aspect, but it was more about the relationships. It's a wonderful commentary on how anger can blind you to reality, and how living in the past can destroy your relationships in the present.
The story centers on Roy. His life is turned upside down by finding the Time Slice Traveler(TST), and then he finds out his wife is terminally ill. While experimenting with the TST Roy meets the Traveler. The Traveler is a freaky looking alien type that is in desperate need of help. Roy goes on the adventure of his life and, in the process his relationships are tried by fire. Even in the midst of his sorrow and hardships Roy learns to appreciate the things he still has and the people in his life that care about him.
Time Slice delivers a different take on time travel, but that doesn't overpower the message throughout the novel. I found it to be less of a 'time travel' novel so much as it was a story of redemption that happened to include time travel :)
Genre: Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi
Source: Thanks so much to Tribute books for my review copy and involvment in the Time Slice blog tour.
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