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Past Tense

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Last year, Alan Reece, an unassuming animal doctor from the West Country, was surprised to discover that he had become the 'Conduit', a link between reality and the strange world beyond. Not even beginning to understand this, Alan deals with this problem as he deals with most in his life - he ignores it. Unfortunately, ripples from his unwitting transformation have freed a ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 10th 2010 by Immanion Press/Magalithica Books (first published October 2010)
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Feb 28, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
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Nick Marsh's Past Tense is almost two books in one. The first half of Past Tense is science fiction/horror, and it's pretty much of a sequel to Marsh's first book, Soul Purpose (reviewed here). The main purpose of chapters 1 through 44 (or I through XLIV) is to provide a reason for the rest: the marvelous time travel feast that gives Past Tense its name.

The present day bits about the vet Alan Reece and his friends George and Kate, who saved the
Dermot Davis
Jun 20, 2013 Dermot Davis rated it it was amazing
I love reading Nick Marsh books because not only do you get to laugh but you also learn something about physics, medicine and history as well! What I'm beginning to discover in this particular series is that it's very inconvenient to one's lifestyle to be a conduit (basically a doorway between worlds) as people, spirits and things from other worlds just wouldn't leave you alone and you'd seldom get a minute's peace, invariably having to save the world every couple of months or whenever strange ...more
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May 25, 2014 Chris Bullock rated it it was amazing
Hadn't read the first book in the series, but this seemed to be very good on a standalone basis. It is left open ended enough to be continued, but it still has a reasonable conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with significant historical content and modern science to make it interesting. The occasional touch of humour made it seem all the more realistic.
A good read.
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Dec 31, 2011 Rhawks rated it it was amazing
Sequel to Soul Purpose - just as good if not better
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Nick was born in the sunny vale of Manchester, in North-West England, back when everyone else was busy wearing flared trousers and purple shirts. He has continued to be out of step with fashion ever since.

Thanks to a certain ‘Mr Herriot’ Nick’s childhood ambition was to become a veterinary surgeon, an ambition that was only strengthened after a soul-scarring week working in the Coronation Street
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