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3.18  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When architect Eddy McBride, a fortysomething self-absorbed noticer of details and self-appointed seeker of truths, stumbles upon a way to visit, watch and ultimately participate in events from his family history, he finds answers to long-ago tragedies and mysteries. But each time Eddy returns to the present, he unleashes the unhappy consequences of exploring history on hi ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Gallery Books (first published April 15th 2014)
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very hard book to review. Not because its a bad book, but because it is a special book. I finished it several weeks ago, as I was allowed to have an advanced copy, I have been putting off writing a review simply because I am unsure how to do this book justice in a review. Ernie Wood the author writes beautifully and the prose come to life so vividly in your mind. The main character does not even realize he is time traveling he just believes he has such an incredible memory that he can ...more
I had to throw in the towel on this book, so this review is based on an incomplete read. The middle was dragging so much that I keep finding things to do beside read it. I made the next day's soup at 10pm one night. I got a new hobby in order to avoid it. I even found myself stuck in line for 2 hours and decided I'd rather stare ahead than read it. There are ideas that are good here, but it really defeated me. There's a lot of thought and musing, but constantly sulky characters grated on my ever ...more
Tom Mathews
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of time travel & family research
As an amateur genealogist, history buff and fan of time travel stories, I am jealous as hell of Eddy McBride. The forty-something architect and main character in Ernie Wood’s first venture into fiction writing has an ability that I would kill for. His knack for paying attention to the details of the world around him has allowed him to slip into the past and experience events from his own past and from the lives of his family. One Red Thread deftly captures a world where people can, by attuning t ...more
Clark Hallman
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
One Red Thread by Ernie Wood – This is a time-travel book about an architect and his family and friends who try to change their lives by altering the past, which is certainly an acceptable time-travel premise. Unfortunately for me, there are far too many pages of boring dialogue and boring thoughts from the characters, and very little gratifying action and accomplishments in this book. I did not find this book to be engrossing, but others might enjoy it.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I usually love time travel stories and I was encouraged by the many four and five star reviews of this one. Alas, I really didn't like it at all. It bored me. There was way too much introspection and not enough action. I didn't want to pick it up and there wasn't anything else since I rarely read more than one novel at a time. it is: I did not finish it. It was just too awful for me, in the truest sense of the word. Boredom and death and sadness....not my idea of a good read. I got th ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's rare for me not to finish a book, but I got half-way through this one and realized I had no interest in finishing it. The story unwinds at a glacial pace & I had a hard time accepting the time-travel concept used. You have to take that leap of faith in the author's story, and in this one I just couldn't do it.
On to better books!
Bob Nolin
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Stopping at page 100. Too often I'm scratching my head, torn out of the story by odd passages. Eddy's wife tells him she's pregnant. He seems to have no reaction whatsoever. He says nothing to his wife. Were they trying to get pregnant? Is this good news? We don't know. His relationship with his wife just kept hitting queer notes that threw me. And then, 90 some pages in, she gets to talk in her own voice (which sounds exactly like her husband), and comments on the preceding 90 pages. What? Is s ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to have access to an early draft of this fine first novel. It's deemed "science fiction" by some readers because it involves time travel, but that characterization seems off to me. I thought it read more like a work of period fiction. The book's premise is that our present lives are shaped by our past - what we know of it and what we don't know of it. But what if the veil behind which some bits of our past are hidden could be lifted? What mischief might that unleash on the ...more
Paul Wandason
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

One Red Thread by Ernie Wood isn’t just a novel – it’s time travel literature!

The contents of the book are complex, but the premise is simple. The main character, Eddy McBride, seeks to solve the mystery of his rich family history and the impact it has on his present. It is in this way that he finds and follows his one red thread – the common thread that runs through his history.

At first he has recollections of the past but then he finds that he’s transported back in time when those memories see
Heather Balog
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This book took me an extraordinary long time to read, not because it wasn't well written, simply because it was a difficult novel to grasp. The first several chapters flowed slowly, but jumped around in a sort of jumbled manner; different narrators, disjointed thinking, stories and actions that seemed completely seemed that the author was going somewhere but he hadn't bothered to inform the r ...more
Nathan Coops
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This gets 3.5 Stars from me. Ernie Wood is a talented writer and I think anything he writes is always going to land above average. He has a flair for elegant prose and his lush descriptions are truly evocative of specific times and settings. The details of a scene rush to the forefront of your experience and, in this book, those details help to immerse you in the history of these characters. There were more than a few times when I was taken with the precision of language he uses to capture the m ...more
Karen J Shields
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One heck of a read

This one turned me inside out and upside down. I've read the theories about the new physics and how they see time and dimension differently from classic theories, but it's hard to comprehend in your own head, let alone to turn it into possibility by making into such a rich story full of fascinating characters. Congratulations Mr. Wood.
Now I need to rest my head and read something simple and easier to understand.
Laura Jean
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It was quite a cerebral look at time and how a group of friends tries to avert a tragedy that occurred 30 years before. If we can visit the past, can we change it? Are we doomed to repeat? How do our personalities affect this process?
Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it, the writing was so bad. ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wood, Ernie
One Red Thread
Tyrus Books
978-1-4405-8273-8, hardcover, 336 pgs., $24.99
May 2014

If you could go back in time, would you? Would you change events if it were possible to do so? Intervene to prevent a tragedy? Should you? Courage, noble sacrifice or hubris? How would you determine which specific link in the chain to alter, which thread to pull to alter the pattern without the whole tapestry unraveling? Is it even healthy for us to understand “too well” the relationships between th
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I agree with the reviewer who said that this is a hard book to review. It really doesn’t fit into a nice niche. To say it is a science fiction/time travel book is selling it short. Most time travel novels rely on a portal or some sort of trickery and then focus on the difficulty of fitting into an unfamiliar environment. In ORT, however, the past, present, and future coexist, often interacting, with the characters at first stumbling on the ability to move between realities, then doing so with pu ...more
Jan Pelosi
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: families, time-travel
Even though I will admit here that I almost stopped reading about 50 pages in because I was so confused, I did keep plugging away at this book. I love the concept of time travel, and if there was only one super power I could have, that would be it. This book really made me long for something I'll never have, the ability to go back in time and see my parents, grandparents, great grandparents in their every day lives--to see the events that made them who they were. Changing events in the past can ...more
Jim Johnson
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel was written by a fellow I met at a recent Men’s retreat at U Bar U in Texas. The novel portrays the problems of a middle-aged architect named Eddy in exploring his family’s past. Some traumatic events happened to his family, when he was young, including the loss of his older brother, who was run over in a hit-and-run accident. Eddy seeks to recover events of the past and delves into it in such a way that he has visions of past events and, in fact, seems to be transported back then so ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time travel story, which is quite unlike your average time travel story, really engrossed me from beginning to end. The story concerns Eddy McBride, an architect in his forties whose attention to detail, in life in general as well as in his work, often makes his wife Sheila and colleague Tim shake their heads. His obsession with his family history is another thing altogether, and it leads him to make numerous visits to various times in the past that were pivotal to his family and other peop ...more
Amy Valentine
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ernie Wood's time travel/family history book pulls you in with engaging prose and interesting story lines. Like any good mystery, the reader is left wondering page after page about what will happen next to the various characters. Will the characters in the present be able to change the past? Will events in the past continue to affect several generations of two different families after the time-travel incidents? I recommend One Red Thread to readers interested in exploring the concepts of how the ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eddy meets Walter Lee, he has no idea how his life is about to change. He discovers he can time travel back through his life. At first he observes this time but then he decides it's important to fix past mistakes. An unusual book that makes one ponder about their own life and wonder about how life could be different if one decision had been different. This looks like the first fiction Ernie Wood has written and he did a wonderful job of moving back and forth in time. Enjoyable. ...more
Lynda West
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was privileged to read an early draft of the highly engaging One Red Thread.. The novel has a tangible sense of time and place as Wood moves his protagonist seamlessly through history and events both catastrophic and quotidian. The traveler, and the reader, ultimately have to live in the present and confront the effects of that past on this present.
I look forward to making the journey with the "traveler" again post publication.
Jack Goodstein
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Sometime overly complicated meditation on time travel and the obligation to try and change events. Complicated even further by references to multiple narrative points of view and references to "Rashomon," so there is always a question about narrative reliability. ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Ernie Wood’s graceful One Red Thread haunted me long after I reluctantly finished it. Beautiful, moody and touching, One Red Thread is about memory, and the ever present past, yearning to be touched.”

— Frank Coffey, author of Dying Light, The Shaman and Night Prayers
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ONE RED THREAD is my debut novel, but I've been an award-winning writer of non-fiction books, documentary film scripts, newspaper and magazine journalism, and advertising for years. I've also taught journalism. Like my protagonist Eddy McBride, I've followed architecture as a longtime passion, pursuing graduate coursework in the field and writing widely on the subject, including a history (Univers ...more

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