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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In 2080, technology has gone too far for J. L. Cooper. He thinks he can avoid pop travel teleportation, until he stumbles onto a video of a pop traveler who turns to dust.

Sparking a series of murders, attempts on his life, and threats to his brother, Cooper wants to pass off the evidence but knows he’s being watched and can’t trust anyone. And who would believe him?

With he
Published July 7th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published July 6th 2013)
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Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katy by: Curiosity Quills
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Science Fiction Mystery
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Star Trek buffs, people who enjoy sci-fi mystery mash-ups
Trigger Warnings: murder, conspiracy that endangers most people

My Thoughts: I do not think that my Star Trek geekdom is the only reason I see so much similarity between “popping” and “beaming”, although I suppose it is possible. Still, the whole concept is pretty cool, and wouldn't it be nifty to have your own popper and could just pop on over to anywhere immedia
T.B. Markinson
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a fun sci-fi thriller that I couldn’t put down. There’s a little bit of everything: romance, action, suspense, and fun. The author puts on new spin on the genre and I loved it. Highly entertaining and exciting.
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In the near future, where people can 'pop' to any destination really fast, private investigator Cooper finds out that it's not all pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows.

It was a nice and quick read. Interesting from the very beginning, as it starts with someone disappearing while using the pop-device. It's far from real hard science fiction, it's just the teleportation and some androids really and it reads like a regular det
Heather Gardner
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pop Travel was a thrill ride! A great story about a terrific idea that gets horribly abused by the 'Powers That Be'. Ms. Tyler created some really interesting characters, like, Cooper. I would love to run into this guy one day and POP around the world with him. Geri, is a strong, confident woman that can handle herself in any situation. Put them together and you get an unstoppable team ready to do whatever it takes to save the day! Great job. Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Crystal Collier
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I don't read this genre, so I was happily surprised when I found myself attached to and rooting for Detective Cooper. His dopey appearance saves that man's bacon more times than I can count, and I had to roll my eyes at each antagonist who underestimated him. Here's a true underdog who will always do what's right, and who may just be unassuming enough to save the day.

Nathan Yocum
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pop Travel Delivers Real World Issues in a Sci-Fi Setting

Full Disclosure—I received a copy of this novel free in exchange for an honest review.

I love science fiction. Love it. L-o-v-e i-t. Science fiction is my morning coffee. It is the place my mind goes when the day gets slow or dull. It is what I see behind my eyelids on my daily commute. When I reach into that meditative place; that nominal realm that most writers tap into for inspiration, science fiction spills from my fingertips. I’ve trie
Jamie Ayres
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seemed fitting I was reading Pop Travel by Tara Tyler, since I was traveling this Labor Day weekend! Anyone who has ever wished they could escape airports and the endless delays of flying (and who hasn't?!), will love this novel. In Tyler's novel, teleportation was the answer, but every new technology has glitches. Tyler says she was Inspired by Michael Crichton's incredible style to take on the challenge of writing a fast-paced techno-thriller. I think she succeeded and that you'll enjoy the ...more
Christine Rains
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why go through the hassle of flying or endure a long boring car ride when you can arrive at your destination instantly? Pop travel make your journey go by in the blink of an eye, but J.L. Cooper has never felt right about it. When the private detective recovers some evidence that proves his suspicions to be true, he must use that very technology he hates himself to conduct his investigation. Big Brother is everywhere, and they don't like Cooper poking around. FBI agent Geri Harper is sent to kee ...more
S.K. Anthony
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thrilling ride . . . err Popping experience!!!

J.L. Cooper is a private investigator who finds himself in the middle of the biggest cover up of his time! He's hired to look into some suspicious disappearances and what he finds is more than a little disconcerting. In the year 2080, there is a new way of travel: Pop Travel!, its a new laser technology that sends a person from a transmission dock to a receiver dock anywhere in the world . . . by slicing them into pieces and putting them back
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, scifi
In the year 2080, the newest technology is Pop Travel, a way to "pop" from one place to the next. It still takes place in an airport (unless you're rich enough to own your own pop travel set up), but instead you are issued a tranquilizer and when you come to a moment later, you have arrived at your destination.

J.L. Cooper is a private eye in a little town outside Atlanta. He leads a quiet life until a nervous, paranoid man comes with him asking for help. His fiance disappeared after popping and
Nicki Elson
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an inventive and totally fun story! Pop Travel is a unique combination of old-timey detective story and futuristic novel. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and Tyler does a great job of moving the story back and forth between the different sets of stakeholders at just the right moments. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to be able to see what was going on from all the different angles, but when it all comes together in the fast-paced final chapters, I was so glad to have that in ...more
C.D. Coffelt
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At what price is fast transit? What is the lure? Convenience? Speed?
Certain suicide?

Pop Travel by Tara Tyler is a novel that starts with a disappearance and ends with a private detective’s assessment whether pop travel, a teleportation device that gets you there fast, is safe.

Cooper doesn't want the case. He believes his wannabe client is going off the deep end. But his superficial investigation turns up evidence that grabs his attention. And then he can’t let go. For the safety of his life as
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a series by Tara Tyler. She gave the book to me to read after I obtained the second book in NetGalley for review and suggested I read this first as it sets the scene. And what a scene it is...

Here we see how we will travel in the future. As in Star trek we will be using transporters that break us down into our essential atoms and then put us back together again - hopefully, with everything in the right place! There were a few accidents it is true when they were trying t
William Bitner Jr.
Just finished reading “Pop Travel (Pop Travel Book One) by Tara Tyler. This is my first read by Tara, and it will most definitely not be my last. Reading this book was just a pleasure and so very much fun. A Techno Thriller/Science Fiction romp worthy of the genre is suitable for Young Adults and older. The characters were interesting and well developed. The story flowed so well it was as if the story was telling itself without the effort of reading. It was, quite simply, a joy to read. I have “ ...more
Nick Wilford
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel about the futuristic phenomenon of pop travel, a teleporting technology. This was probably because it's a character-driven story rather than being too heavy on the scientific elements (the latter were still there though and I enjoyed the explanations of Ms Tyler's invention). The main character, Cooper, is a grief-stricken private detective who it seems has nothing to lose and so ends up going after the big boys of the pop travel industry when it turns out that some u ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instant Travel Can Be Killer In More Ways Than One

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read Simulation!

Cooper used to be a lawyer. Then his wife died and he became a drunk. Once he got clean he decided to become a Private Investigator. Pretty boring stuff usually. He finally gets an intriguing client and before he knows it he is in over his head. What is causing all the Pop Travel related disappearances? Who is trying to cover it up? How far does the coverup
Sharon Bayliss
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So, a transportation method that deconstructs and reconstructs your body so you can pop around the earth with ease...what could go wrong? Just everything, of course. Cooper, a lonely 30 something private investigator begins researching a disappearance and ends up uncovering a massive conspiracy involving pop travel. You see there is this minor malfunction where people explode into confetti upon arrival, and the powers that be are happy to kill to cover up this secret. If Cooper doesn't solve the ...more
Sherry Ellis
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is 2080. Travel is a lot different than it is today. Teleportation, AKA "Pop Travel" is the favorite mode of transportation. The system however, is not without flaws. When travelers begin disappearing, J.L.Cooper commences an investigation and discovers a huge cover-up. It's up to him to expose it. But can he do it before more people disappear? And can he do it without being murdered in the process? You'll have to read to find out.

Pop Travel is an action-packed sci-fi book. The premise
Nick Turner
While reading it ran through the genres - a near future mystery arises when the teleporting, or pop travel, industry appears to be covering up the disappearance of travellers - but the what happened? and whodunnit were resolved half way through. Then it seemed like a conspiracy thriller but the agent (an attractive woman) assigned to keep an eye on the protagonist (a grizzled private detective) started to fall for him in the manner of a light comedy/romance. I read a review copy from the publish ...more
Elizabeth Seckman
Not usually a big fan of sci-fi, but I really enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful story full of so many good things- likable characters, intrigue, and a superbly developed future society. One of my dislikes of stories that take you into the future is the disregard for typical human nature, but that's not so in this book. Human nature stays the same- our greed and need for instant gratification put people's lives at risk. Clever story. Well written and fun. ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in its earliest form. I'm not sure how it's changed since being published, but here is what I liked about the original. I really liked the MC Cooper. He was complex and interesting. I also loved the fun mix of sci-fi and southern charm feel. I've never read anything with a combination like that. It's a great read for the suspense lover. ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thrilling, and engaging read form beginning to end. The main character, Cooper, is believable in his growth as a character, the action scenes are gripping, and the premise was interesting.

Jeff Kart
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book. A little goofy at the end. But some decent twists. Interesting concept of being able to pop instead of fly. Star Trek realized.
Jul 22, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
POP TRAVEL is a futuristic noir. It's an action-packed techno thriller, with elements of humor and a hint of romance. I compare it to a combination of Romancing the Stone and I, Robot. ...more
shannon  Stubbs
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I'm glad I stayed with the story until they met The Creator for pop travel. That's when the story got really good. I liked the futuristic theme to this detective story. It was also very exciting and it had a satisfying ending.
Rosie Amber
Pop Travel is a light SciFi set in 2080 mainly in Georgia. The book opens two years earlier with an introduction to "Pop Travel", a form of laser teleportation, and an unfortunate accident for one traveler.

We next meet PI Cooper, he is contacted by a nervous and shady character wanting him to take on the search for a missing fiancee. Aleesa disappeared one day and Phisner believes that Pop Travel was to blame, but all lines on inquiry have been shut down.

Conscious that everywhere you go security
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sci-fi thriller suitable for young adults and up.

Pop travel is the way to go. Jump into the transmission dock and your body is transported piece by tiny piece to the receiving dock; wherever in the world you want to go! A private investigator (Cooper), is begged by a client to find his fiancée after she vanished when using pop. Cooper digs deeper and finds a number of other disappearance - which authorities claim never had any connection with pop. The FBI puts an undercover agent onto
Cathrina Constantine
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pop Travel is everyone's dream! At least it's mine. To transport yourself anywhere around the world in minutes. It would save people a lot of hassles and time. Except what wouldn't be ideal is turning into a crispy critter upon arrival. That's what happens in the beginning of Tara Robinson's book, Pop Travel. It turns out there's a glitch in the whole transport system which seems to fry people into ashy dust. Why are these atrocious deaths being kept a secret?!

In steps Cooper to dig into a missi
Tonja Drecker
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I grabbed this, I was sure it'd be heavy on the science fiction, and although I am a scifi fan, I was delighted by the more mysterious turn this novel takes. This is a detective story, set in the future with a light hint of scifi while keeping a lot of things still grounded in a more modern day world. This mixture of familiar and fantasy made it very easy to dive into the world and easy to believe.

The characters are wonderful. I enjoyed following detective Cooper around as he tries to figur
Empi Baryeh
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is set way in the future where pop travelling is a reality. For those with travel nightmare stories, the idea of travelling anywhere in the world within minutes is attractive. Of course, any sane person (like myself - hehe) would probably mistrust the idea of disappearing from one place and (magically) appearing in another within minutes. This is exactly how the hero feels, and justifiably so because a glitch in the system is turning people to dust. Yikes!

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Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband.

Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She's an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action,

Other books in the series

Pop Travel (3 books)
  • Simulation (Pop Travel, #2)
  • Disposal (Pop Travel, #3)

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