I was offered this one as part of a blog tour, and I am very pleased I took it.
‘Million Eyes’ is the first of Berry’s SF time travel / conspiracy theory trilogy, introducing us to some of the key concepts, jargon, characters and mechanics which will infuse the next two novels.
Now, I love a bit of time travel shenanigans but am often let down by sloppy mechanics, poor explanations, and so on. Berry doesn’t disappoint – he obviously has a pretty hefty interest in causality, himself – the setting up / planting of consequences and paradoxes was strong. The story was compelling, and the theme of destiny vs. self-determination was very nicely handled. The pace is great, the characters are believable, the exploration of the different times is solid (I had one issue with something from the past being written in what I felt was too modern a style, but that was about it).
Although I read with quite a critical eye, there was very little to find fault with, quite the opposite; I blitzed through the novel and enjoyed every page.
And he’s only going to get even better.
C. R. Berry is one to watch.
What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen? Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to King Edward III in 1348. Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them. Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.
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