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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel; the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, a hand-selected team of historians and engineers incur into the past and observe history unseen and unnoticed. Their mission; observe and verify human history first hand.

The team’s investigation, however, yields radical
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 22nd 2012 by Create Space
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Rick Hunter
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, scifi, first-reads
I got this book as part of the Goodreads/Firstreads promotion.

This was my first and so far only book I've received as a Firstreads giveaway and I'm really glad that I did because otherwise I'd have missed out on a great story. I'm a sci-fi nut and this book was right in my wheelhouse. It's a well written piece of science fiction that doesn't weigh down the story with too much science, big words about elaborate scientific "stuff", and other nonsense that makes some sci-fi novels read more like a
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Established Sci-Fi Fans
Shelves: giveawaywinnings
I received this book as part of a giveaway; in return I offer my honest review. I am eternally grateful for the chance to read this book, and regardless of how I felt about it in the end, I’m glad I read it. I really, really, really wanted to like this book; I wanted to give it five stars, but after reading and considerable though, I simply can’t.

This is not a book for beginner sci-fi readers. This book is for people who are established sci-fi fans who have already read/watched crazy science fi
Kayla Krantz
I’m not much on science fiction, but the premise of this book had me interested, and I am definitely glad I gave this book a chance.

It’s crazy wonderful in the ideas it presents because I found a lot of the time I was listening, I was pondering things about the ideas of the multiverse and parallel universe. In this audiobook, we are introduced to a group of scientists who have perfected traveling to other universes, ones that they call “beta lines” to see if and how it affects their own line, kn
Chris Quinn
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Originally reviewed for the Reading Bud.

Plot | Story

The plot is an interesting mix of time travel and alternate realities. In the not too distant future, mankind has developed the ability to travel through time. The catch however, is that travel can only take place through the timelines of "adjacent" realities, ones which shouldn't differ all that much from our own. The team sent to investigate soon finds out however that they aren't the only explorers in this timeline, and that the Xeno, as the
( Format : Audiobook )
"To exist with intention."
Six people - four men and two women - living together in the close proximity of the very secret Janus station, their common cause to really see history as it was made. They've been there together already for over three months, will be together for a total of four years, all being well. But back on earth, when returned, only three months will have passed. Because Janus is no ordinary space station: it lies between two time streams, the Alpha, which
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was fun. There were so many places where it could have broken down, but it was written really well and the plot held up. Time travel is difficult and can easily be screwed up. Nothing stood out to me that gave me pause, however. The characters were well written and I wanted the best for them even though I knew there was little to no chance of that happening. I got more invested in the unfolding of the story the further along I got which surprised me a little. Mags was great. The ending ...more
John Roguetech
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The author is a decent writer and the main character was interesting enough. The plot started out well, and I enjoyed the premise of using actual history rather than the sanitized version found in school rooms. Unfortunately, minor plot-holes in the story-line continued to replicate and expand to monumental proportions. Some of the plot-holes I could overlook as perhaps being an intentional dark portrayal of twisted human-nature, but by the end, I was more gratified that it was over than disappo ...more
M.J. Sewall
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting time travel take. The devices and system was well designed. The characters were a little flat. I never felt fully invested in them, except with Mary. And then her choices seemed inconsistent. Well written, with great description – especially of the violence and lab dissections. Also, some beautiful turns of phrase – “like dark lava from a sacrificial volcano” – nice! Audiobook had a very good narrator.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what I was expecting,but this wasn't it.It started out very violently.Unimaginable cruelty.Then people skipping time.I couldn't keep things straight. Allyson Voller was a good narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He used to be my seventh grade English Honors teacher!
MrsK Books
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the futuristic station of Janus, a recent discovery had put everyone on edge. It's one thing to be discovering history through "unseen" incursions and quite another "expedition" when faced with an evil that is wielding chaos throughout time. The assignment is a five year mission surveying the differences between time lines (Earth's and Beta's). The expectation would be maybe of few "irregularities" because of "inaccurate historical data." What was found will prove even more frightening th ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
On board Janus - a research station located in between time lines - a group of scientists, historians, mathematicians, and soldiers observes historical events on what is known (only to them) as the Beta line. When they discover discrepancies between their own history and that of the Beta line, they discover that someone else has discovered time travel; someone who is using it to wreck havoc with history and its own sense of justice.

That's nearly what you would read in the back cover of this nov
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of the First Reads program and enjoyed the opportunity to read a novel by an author new to me. The premise is an inventive take on the time-travel concept and certain aspects of the story (including the initial reveal of the identity of the "intruder" they encounter in one of the timelines) were very interesting.

Unfortunately, there were a number of issues that detract from the overall quality of the work. There are a myriad number of grammatical and spelling errors
Ashley Tomlinson
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Going into this book I was a little worried I wasn't going to like it. I thought it would be too science-y and it has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads. I am so glad I ignored all of those bad reviews and gave this gem a shot. I LOVED this book, it is one of my favorite sci-fi books that I have read to date. It was amazing and it didn't get too much into the details of all of the science stuff, which I liked because it would have flown right over my head if so. I'm not going to go into too muc ...more
The Book Eaters
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, gem
The original review, and many other reviews and features, can be found at

When I picked this book from a whole bunch of review requests I was excited by the premise, a form of time travel has been invented which allows humans to travel back and witness history unfolding. However they are suspended in the nothing between parallel timelines, and Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers are only there to observe history.

But they are not alone. Another tr
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The crew of the Janus has a unique and interesting mission. The technology on this space station allows them to travel through time. Well, sort of. What it actually allows them to do is travel to any point on the timeline that runs parallel to their own--the Beta Line. They can explore the past and the future, assured that if their non-interference protocols don't always protect them from having some sort
Shell Senseless
The Line is a sci-fi adventure about a team of historians and engineers who on board Janus are able to travel back in time and observe historical events for research. The team start to find that there is someone or something also travelling back in time to key events too- but instead of observing is creating havoc.

I must admit, I'm fairly new to the genre of science fiction and aside from Doctor Who novels haven't read a great deal of sci-fi books. Although The Line did have the occasional
Angélique (MapleBooks)
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science-Fiction lover
[I received this book from a GoodRead giveaway]
Rating: 3.5

I have never had such mixed feelings about a book.

First, the story of "The Line" is great. Just great. It's a fantastic new take on time travel and really well executed. The station in which the scientists are working looks really cool and different from the typical ice-cold design spaceship. It's a daring hard sci-fi novel with plenty of creative ideas. And once again, I really enjoy the plot. If I had to rate the story alone, it would b
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Firstly want to thank William L.J. Galaini for sending me a copy of this book after winning a first-reads giveaway. Arrived really quickly and being in GB it would have cost to send from the States. Much appreciated.

I tend not to put my comments in writing but in the spirit of first-reads and the author's generosity I will do my best with no spoilers.

Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed The Line. As SF goes it had some originality to it and some really nice thought provoking flourishes.
Clyde Wolfe
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
As a concept, The Line brings forth something new to time travel oriented sci-fi.

The novel starts off a bit shaky, as the fist chapter or two don't seem entirely necessary (especially at those points). But after reading further, I enjoyed the story. It utilizes a number of scientific factoids without going overboard, keeping the book in line for hardcore sci-fi fans and casual readers alike.

About half way through, the tale begins to change. Some of the actions of characters seem a tad too contri
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
My brother received this book through Goodreads:FirstReads and he loaned it to me...

I was unsure if I wanted to read it as I am not a time travel/space kind of girl but I do like some sci-fi and I like monsters. And I will admit, I thought the cover was pretty bad-ass. So, due to the fact that it was a free read for me and I had a day to kill, I figured "why not".
This was not a bad book but it was not fantastic. Pretty good story line, decent plot, a little one the different side. I just felt as
Derek White
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

A different approach to time travel. As many others have postulated we learn that there are many parallel lines of time, according to decisions made. If we were to travel on the obvious one we could change history, so the incursions into the past are made on the beta line, the nearest alternative to that we are on. The pseudo-science is explained well and even the least techno reader will follow it and try to sol
Seth Tucker
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of books that deal with time travel that are not well written or glaze over actual history. This book did not do either of them. While dealing with actual historical events, the author has crafted an interesting concept behind time travel that falls in line with Quantum Physics and provides an interesting concept. A well-written thriller this book provides a good concept with interesting well-developed characters that keep you turning the page. A must for fans of good science fic ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book on goodreads as a first reads giveaway. It is books like this that make me happy that I enter the giveaways on this site because I greatly enjoyed this book. In fact I ended up reading the majority of it in a single day. While it did not really go that deep into science, which I find usually backfires anyways, it had a great plot and told the story that it wanted to quite well. I would definitely read more books from this author again, and will definitely be looking out for Willi ...more
Phyll Mckenzie
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I am not one to normally write a review I will keep this short and sweet. I received this book as part of the First Reads program and was keen to try a novel from a new author. Reading this was a smooth and easy ride, I found the book paced well and enjoyed the depth in the main character. I found the unique method time travel entertaining, the pop culture references through the book gave me a smile. Overall I found this book to be a fun read and would recommend to my friends, thanks again fo ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book. I don't normally write reviews but I felt I needed to for this. This is really the first time travel book I've ever picked up. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, technology and plot twists! I admit having to look up a couple words but I did not have trouble following the story. Everything in this book is well written and thought out. Nothing seems to be added just for word count. Fantastic book and I look forward to others.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
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Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read . It has an original take on time travel .I picked up and started reading it and became so engrosed in the story that every thing around me faded away it was hard to put down. and like the great scifi authers of the past like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein it makes some pretty deep statements on the effects we have on our history.
Gwilym Meyrick
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this was an amazing book with a very good story line but it will mess with your head a little to. in other words I loved it!!
Tom Pringle
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very cool book!!! i look foward to more by William L.J. Galaini!
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William L.J. Galaini is a former English Teacher in Northern Virginia. He lives with his brilliant wife, his mischievous son, and his four needy cats.

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