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Leaders who rely on war and fear. The men and women who refuse to accept a tyrannical government. And an unreliable means of time travel in which most people don’t survive. Welcome to the nightmarish future of The Theta Timeline.

Freedom was not stolen overnight, but gradually chipped away through a campaign of war and terror. People were told new laws and restrictions wer
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Watch The World End Publishing (first published November 30th 2014)
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Jan 15, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
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Mar 02, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Hillary M.
Feb 02, 2015 Hillary M. rated it it was amazing
This is without doubt the best book I've read all year. It's intelligent, satirical, clever, and so, so important to our society. Everyone should read this book.

Its importance lies not only with the smart way time travel was handled and understood in the book, but in the world that was left behind, full of pain and stress and vengeful, fearful governments. Like said in V for Vendetta, people should not be afraid of their governments-- governments should be afraid of their people. That's the most
Nov 21, 2014 Barracuda rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most imaginative and piercing books I've ever read. And that’s coming from someone who didn’t care for “1984.” This book has shades of that story, but is so much more accessible, interesting and faster moving.

This is the story of a man who risks his life, via a very unsafe and untested form of time travel, in order to prevent a tyranny from forming. Along the way, you find out what happened to other time travellers who tried the same thing and you get a clearer picture of ju
Dec 12, 2014 Fran rated it it was amazing
The Theta Timeline: Chris Dietzel

Creating fear when people are weak and are easily convinced of a specific idea or mindset is part of the primary focus of issue in The Theta Timeline. What happens when the public falls prey to the ideals, mores, thoughts and manipulations of a small group of people that slowly infiltrated their government, took over in a subtle manner and managed to convince some or most of the population that what they were doing was for their own good and safety. Thinking is b
Oct 02, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Trust me. I'm from the government....

...well we all know how that usually ends.

THE GOOD: Chris's writing style is good and refreshingly typo and grammo (my new word) free. I liked that the time travel aspect was dealt with in a very pragmatic, well thought out way, which is often lacking in this genre. Also, there was a rational explanation of the time travel paradox (you know - travelling backwards in time and knocking your granddad off his perch).

THE JUST OK: In fact, every second chapter for
Ronel van Tonder
Mar 01, 2015 Ronel van Tonder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The Theta Timeline is the fourth book from sci-fi author Chris Dietzel. The preceding three books are already on my TBR list.

This novel has all the elements of a classic dystopian: corrupt overlords, oppressed civilians, and the revolutionaries who want to put an end to the system of tyranny - once and for all.

But the element that sets this book apart from the rest? Time travel. I must admit, this was what made me hesitate to read the book. Most time-travel theories are either implausible or g
Sarah Brillinger
Jan 02, 2015 Sarah Brillinger rated it really liked it
I read this book, then came across this quote afterwards.... this about sums up what's going on in this story:

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country" - Herman Goering, Hitler's Reichsmarschall

Ain't that the truth? Looking at our history here in North America, we
The world of the Theta Timeline is an interesting departure from Dietzel's previous work. Where the De-evolution featured individuals struggling to accept the end of the world, Timeline focuses on those struggling desperately to change a world gone horribly wrong in ways that will be chillingly familiar to many readers.

As with previous works, Dietzel's style heavily relies on the thoughts and actions of his characters with minimal dialogue. However, the tone so neatly fits into the world he has
Marcia Russell
Nov 23, 2014 Marcia Russell rated it it was amazing
Democracy is dying. The human race is being suffocated by crippling restrictions. Everyone is under the ever watchful eye of cameras and informants. A brave group must think of a way to change the course of history but how, when every move, every word, every reaction is weighed and judged harshly.
This offering from Chris Dietzel is exceptional. In a world where many are already complaining of an infringement of privacy due to cameras and wire taps the author has jumped ahead to a society not unl
Annie Mahn
Dec 02, 2014 Annie Mahn rated it it was amazing
A punch in the gut, that's what it feels like to read this book. But it'll be the best gut punch you've ever had. This is a powerful story that will leave you dizzy at what you just read.

Having loved Dietzel's Great De-evolution books I had no idea what to expect from this. It's nothing at all like those books. Shockingly, I think it's even better. Instead of the end of the world and hopelessness, this story was about a tyranny that takes power not too far into the future and the book gave me a
Jul 13, 2016 Cass rated it it was ok
Really interesting, but ends stupidly and I don't get why authors publish half a novel. Is this a serial? What was the point of it all? Great idea, great world building, but only half a plot.... What the heck, publish it anyway and see how many suckers pay for it.
Larry Murray
Sep 26, 2016 Larry Murray rated it it was ok
I had to really push myself to finish this book. I picked up a copy because of the 'time travel' element. (I'm working on a story concept that has a time travel element and I've been reading everything I can find that deals with time travel as I try to consider as many theories as possible.) If I hadn't been reading this book for research, I probably would have given up within the first few chapters.

While the writing was more narrative than what I personally prefer, that wasn't the biggest negat
Oct 03, 2015 Tanja rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Truth be told, I’m more or less tired of dystopian futures and this one would have been too over the top for me if it weren't for the time travel aspect.

And I loved what the author did with the time travel aspect here. I always like an infinite number of timelines, and everything is happening at the same time approach, but that in combination with timelines shifting if something in the past gets changed was something new for me and it took some time to get my head around this theory - in a good
Jul 11, 2016 Norma rated it really liked it
Shelves: s-f, reviewed, 2016
"You are always flipping the same coin..."
A book so superb in many ways, sadly reduced by constant repetition as if the reader were too dumb to get the message the first (second, fifth and tenth) time. The commencing third or so of the book is terrific, setting up a very convincing description of the need for state escalation of war and homeland security measures to maintain the leadership powerbase to subdue, intimidate, and negate any concerns of it's citizens. By these measures of ever increa
Sep 03, 2015 Saz rated it really liked it
I loved the little details of the time travel experience in this story; the things you might not think of, they are clever, witty and well worth the read.
The premise of the world being literally scared stupid with fear mongering spin doctors and over controlling agencies- highlights todays current situation and delivers a compelling story about people trying to restore some freedom in particular one guy who while chosen isn't 'the chosen one' he's a regular guy with intelligence, common sense &a
While reading The Theta Timeline, I stop to check the Drudge Report for today's news...

ND First State to Legalize Armed Drones for Cops...

Free to fire tasers, tear gas from air... back to that book. Review to follow...

Wow. Chris Dietzel spells out in plain and clear language how a government can gradually turn tyrannical in his dystopian novel, The Theta Timeline, and although it's a work of fiction, it sounds eerily similar to the things that are happening in our nation today. Every
Kyle Austin
Apr 04, 2015 Kyle Austin rated it really liked it
Let's take the US's love of war and security state, throw in a little time travel and a lot of preaching, and write a novel. Ultimately a pretty fun experience, especially if you pay attention to politics and current events, but the characters take a backseat to the message and the plot can get somewhat repetitive. I'd still say definitely check it out though!
Rick Rider
Feb 06, 2015 Rick Rider rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not one single person
Shelves: mistakes, 2015-books
I can't believe how tedious this book is. I think I might like the story if it weren't surrounded by such over explained and dreary tedium.

I can't think of another book I refused to finish. This is a first.
Feb 25, 2016 MR A J CHALMERS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Loved the way the narrative jumped between the main storyline and historical events. I am not a fan of time travel fiction but found this story fascinating.
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“A government that trusts its people is powerful only if the people also trust their government. A government that does not trust its people is only powerful if it knows exactly what everyone is doing at all times.” 4 likes
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