Three Days to Never
Albert Einstein's groundbreaking scientific discoveries made possible the creation of the most terrible weapon the world had ever known. But he made another discovery that he chose to reveal to no oneâto keep from human hands a power that dwarfed the atomic bomb.
When twelve-year-old Daphne Marrity takes a videotape labeled Pee-wee's Big Adventure from her recently de...more
In its defense I’ll admit that I probably wasn’t in a good frame of mind for something like this. I’ve been distracted by a couple of things, and it’s that glorious time of year where for 10 days in the spring and fall I ...more
So this book is awesome! It's a whacky weird skiffy thriller about a father and daughter, and family secrets, and time travel, and Einstein, and ESP, and Israel, and just, stuff. Wildly creative and totally absorbing, with some funny tucked in around the edges. And it's not perfect – the thematic movement about determini ...more
With Three Days to Never, Powers manages to make his fantastically ...more
For me, here Powers mines what these days has become his usual formula -- twists on souls, espionage, alternate history, people using unusual powers, fantastic explanations for ordinary events -- and, well, finds it pretty much tapped out. In "Three Days to Never" EVERYONE has amazing abilities, not everything is adequately explained, and the competing groups (I won't even ...more
I picked this up because it promised to have a bit of time travel in it. It ended up having a bit of everything in it.
One and a half acts into this book I had no idea what was going on. I didn't like it. There was just too much happening for me to follow. That, plus with so many supernatural things spinning about, I had a hard time understanding the ground on which the book stood. I considered giving up numerous times but something told me to wait and that it was all about to ...more
The novel opens with the mysterious death of Lisa Marrity on Mount Shasta. Just before her death, she calls her grandson Frank Marrity and tells him she has burned down the shed behind her house. Worried, Frank ...more
This is another one where I see high ratings and thrilled reviews, that's why I looked this book up. I found a long ...more
OK. I gave this book 80 pages, which is close to my standard 100pg cutoff point.
There's stuff about psychics that is sort of interesting, and it's all wound up in a Jewish conspiracy that involves kabbalah and Israeli intelligence agencies...but it just didn't grab ...more
This book combines supernatural, science fiction, and spy genres. I thought the combination was deftly handled, but the book might be a bit too densely packed for some readers.
The main charact ...more
Powers also manages a fairly complex and intertwined action plot with a lot of skill. He even deftly copes with two very different characters who have the same name, something anyone ...more
I wouldn't be surprised if the interconnectedness of it all was more profound than I could absorb. By three-fourt ...more
I picked it up because I was intrigued by the story line: secret Einstein inventions coveted by opposing sides, occult, ghosts, psychics, time travel, and the ability to change things you've done in your past and be granted and entirely new life. It all sounded like something that would be right up ...more
By the time I finished the book, I had only two quibbles with it: first, the back story on one of the secret organizations seemed rather hast ...more
For me, in this case, there was a little too much going on-- there were the two rival groups, one a long standing secret society named Vespers and the other the Israeli mossad. And as I mentione ...more
As usual, Powers packs lots of detail into the plot; even describing the type of pipe tobacco the main protagonist from 1987 smokes. Sometimes I find that his striving for authenti ...more
The first few chapters are difficult to get into, as they jump right into the story, with the characters being as confused about events as the reader is. I'm delighted by this type of storytelling, as I'd much rather the author show us what's going on thr ...more
"Three Days to Never" continues his common practice of setting novels in the contemporary world that contain fantastic or magical elements. Similar to "Declare", the word of "Three Days to Never" has government agencies and secret societies, behind the scenes, working to secure various magical technologies and artifacts. In this work, these are elements of Mossad, from Israel, and a societ ...more
Powers does have a writing style that may take getting used to. Luckily I had already read two of his previous novels, but sometimes you do have to tread carefully to fully u ...more
Powers does a couple of things better than anyone else I kno ...more
Most of Powers's novels are "secret histories": he uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors heavily influence the motivations a ...more