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Syncing Forward

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  113 reviews
ISBN-13 9780990486107 moved to the most recent edition here

1st Place Gold Award in the 2015 Feathered Quill Book Program for Science Fiction/Fantasy!

Finalist in the 2014 Book Pipeline Contest!

Travel to the future - it will only cost you everyone you love.

Attacked and injected with a drug which slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling
Paperback, 488 pages
Published June 15th 2014 by W Lawrence
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Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book that makes me cry 4 times gets 5 stars. Oh and a book about time travel and the future, that is a bonus. This was an excellent spin on the whole concept of time travel. What is time travel exactly? Well this story gives us something different. Oh, maybe I should mention that I won this in a giveaway. Not that I think that should matter, I am glad I have read this. I recommend it to anyone who likes time travel, mixed in with some future building. Yes, the future building was amazing. Scar ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, free-copy
First off, for full disclosure, I won this book from the author through a contest run through the Time Travel group here on Goodreads. The author posed the following question to the group “What will be the top headline or news story for March 1, 2035? The best answer wins. My winning response was, The end of disease and eternal youth now comes with risk—loss of free will. Who is hacking the health robots in our bloodstreams forcing people to do the will of those now controlling these formerly b ...more
I think that our most realistic expectations for time travel into the future would be a type of travel that would be a one-way ticket with no turning back. The time traveler would either travel at the speed of light or would be placed into a type of suspended animation and would return from their travels or be reanimated to find that the world has become the future. In books like Hollow World and A World Out of Time, the time traveler has no friends or family to miss and, thus, they feel more ps ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is so much I want to say on this book, but every time I begin, I find I am giving away too much information. This is an incredible story that immediately pulls you in with an adventure from start to finish. The way this guy writes is amazing and I can't wait to read more from him. Once I picked this book up, I just could not put it down.

The information on communication and body language that he offers at the beginning was very interesting and I like the way it is all explained to us, inclu
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greatest Book Ever?

I am not sure how to discuss this book without giving away plot points....This is probably the saddest book I have read in years. This book rips your heart out, stomps on it....presents it back to you stitches up your chest and just as it begins to beat rips it out again.

Some books are fun, Some books are over the top, Some are mysterious, Some are boring....This book although I would categorize in the highest of sci-fi its heart it is about an everyman dealing w
I cannot say enough about Syncing Forward, I was captivated by the novel the entire read. W. Lawrence has done a magnificent job with a difficult subject. As a first novel, it is so much better than one usually expects. Multilayered, Syncing Forward is both heart breaking as the reaction of a typical family to a devastating event as well as thoughts on mankind going into the dark future. W. Lawrence has done a masterful job of taking the large complex view of the future and keeping it from getti ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book, especially as a Summer Read. From the very beginning I was engaged with the story - good character development with personalities that I started to root for (or despise!). I loved the premise of someone almost living forever in an on-again off-again suspended state, and how time for one person does not equal the same for another person. Loved getting a glimpse into what the W.Lawrence thinks the future will hold for us (scary!!)... and perhaps the scariest part of the boo ...more
Paul Wandason
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Syncing Forward is one of those novels which I'm sure will stay with me for a long time. It touches me most as a husband and a protective father of 2 young daughters, but also as someone who's nervous of all things medical. And naturally, as a time travel fan!

For me, it's a novel about the human side of time travel. Not the "feeling dizzy" stuff from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, but that of zooming forwards in time and missing time spent growing up with your family. The emotional stuff. The stu
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Would you ever travel forward in time if you knew it would be a one way trip?" Martin James didn't want to but he had no choice.

The year is 2021, while investigating something for his company Martin James is injected with drugs that slows his body down so much that his seconds are months to us and every time he goes back under it is years before he awakens again. The people who did this to him have the cure but they can't be found.

This is not your time machine time travel. Imagine waking up t
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good book with an unique science fiction theme. Science and technology are nicely mixed into an interesting tale about a fellow moving forward in time 4000 times faster than normal. My biggest complaint is the main character is fairly flat due to the limited development in the story. The use of flashbacks would helped alleviate this problem IMO. Plus the reason to reach the end "almost" peters out. A good recommendation to those a bit tired of all the dystopias popular nowadays.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
What an amazing book! I found the start a bit slow, but once you get past the interviews, the hits just keep coming. Definitely worth 5 stars!
Rebecca Rakes
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a contest on Goodreads. My review is in no way swayed by that.

When I started this book I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.
Martin James is a very intelligent and intuitive man trying to figure out who is stealing supplies from his company. During his interviews of the suspects things go terribly awry. One of the suspects takes pity on him and begins to inject him with a drug but is thwarted in his efforts to complete the dosage. This begins Martin on a
Allyson Doutt
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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S. K. Pentecost
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenn Appel
A new take on Rip Van Winkle that kept me reading till the end despite some obvious conflicts in philosophy between the author and me.

If you think traditional family values can save the world even unto the far future, this book is for you. (Lord knows they've been doing a bang up job so far.) But even if you are a cynic, the originality of the storyline will keep you immersed, despite the occasional liberal fist shake to the gods.

My biggest problem with the work is that the nature of the hero's
Steve White
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great book. This is the first book that I can highly recommend. From the first chapter it had me enthralled, considering the current state of affairs in the world,in particular Western countries and the threat of Isis. The book is a fictional view into the world.

There were a few times in the book where I felt the proofread had gone a little astray but that's only a small moot point though.

Great novel, well done.

Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: end-of-world, sci-fi
I got this book because it was on Amazon's free SciFi top 100 list.
I didn't expect much.
I was pleasantly surprised. I tore through this book in less than 24 hours and am so sad its over!

Follow Martin a special investigator for a big pharma company as he gets injected with a mystery drug which causes time to slow down exponentially for just him.
Great story, great characters. I highly recommend this book!
Lenore Ashby
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was fast-paced and very exciting to read. It was hard to put down and kept me captivated until the very end. It made me think about where our quickly growing technology may be taking humanity. The story is fiction and presents a fascinating future; but I believe the real future holds possibilities that none of us can even imagine. I enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy/adventure.
Tamsyn J
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-perks
All in all this was a great book. At times it did feel rushed and it felt like details were left out. It left me wanting to know more about certain events. The author did successfully make you feel the way the main character probably felt though, as in you felt like you were missing out on things, on parts of the story. I did enjoy it though!
Melissa ownsbey
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow are u sure this is ur first book it was very good
i enjoyed it
it had twist turns and i was glued tomy seat reading this
it was great 5 stars plus i couldnt pronouce of if the names but i still liked it
looking to read more from u
thank u for giving me the chance to read this
How It Made Me Feel:
I'll start this review off by saying that I received this paperback book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I couldn't be happier. The book sucked me in and had me traveling right along with the character. The book starts out with our main character, Martin, undergoing an investigation at the pharmaceutical company he works for, and he is conducting interviews of possible suspects in the investigation. Truthfully, this intro stumped me and I wasn't sur
Elena Alvarez Dosil
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Martin James works in Security for a very big pharmaceutical company. He has a natural talent for the job and usually has everything under control, but everything falls apart when he interviews several employees who seem to be working on something illegal. The wrong question at the wrong time causes Martin to be kidnapped by this band and injected an unknown substance, which Martin will soon discover, makes him slow down until the
Donna Backshall
I'm calling this scifi-timetravel in my shelves, but honestly this was not a true time travel novel. It was more of a stagnating-through-time novel, with very little science to qualify it as actual science fiction. I was so excited to read Syncing Forward, seeing all the 4 and 5 star reviews, even some commenting on the great grammar, which is always highly important to me. However, I stumbled upon so much iffy writing, I'm guessing a proof-reader was never used, which is unfortunate, because an ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Syncing Forward: There's a word(s) for phenomenal books like these- supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

I'm sorry if I made you Google that word, I myself stumbled across it no more than a couple of minutes ago. ;)

I received this book as a 'Goodreads - First Reads' and this was the first time I won a giveaway (I was darn excited).

My first impression of this book was that it's going to be just like other mainstream books in the market but I was wrong. This book is phenomenal. Once you start readi
Oct 27, 2014 added it
Shelves: time-travel

In W. Laurence’s new novel Syncing Forward, the protagonist Martin James is investigating possible theft and espionage when he’s injected with a drug that slows his body down so much he finds himself unstuck in time. He’s able to realign with everyone else for short bursts of time. What seems like a day for James is months for everyone else, which naturally strains his personal and family relationships, as well as his search for a cure. I enjoy well written timetravel, when it’s more about how h
Erika  *and her little dog too*
There are so many 4 and 5 star reviews for this book, but for me, it didn't totally live up to the hype. The premise is pretty amazing, no doubt. What if time was involuntarily slowed down for you? What if the equivalent of a month for you was a lifetime for everyone you loved and you could only sit helplessly by as life rushed on--witnessing your children growing old and having children of their own, the world becoming an entirely different place in a space of time that, for you, was only a mat ...more
Terry G
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I should begin by saying that I am not a big science fiction fan. However, I found this book to be a very thought provoking (and disturbing) vision of the future. The story line is original and interesting. It is very well written and grabs your attention right from the beginning. W. Lawrence does a good job with making the reader feel Martin's (the main character) pain throughout the novel.

My only criticism is that it seemed to drag a bit through the middle...possibly because it covered such a
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent and thought provoking on several levels. As science fiction, the future posed by the author is scary but plausible. As an examination of family love, it succeeds in emphasizing the need to find what's important through the device of the short time windows the main character is facing. As descriptive writing, it brings the reader into the closed spaces and emerging world with frightening reality.
Randy Burgard
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique, imaginative, and plausible take on a dystopian future.

Early man walked away
As modern man took control
Their minds weren't all the same
To conquer was his big goal
So he built his great empire
And he slaughtered his own kind
He died a confused man
Killed himself with his own mind

- "We're only gonna die" - Bad Religion
Joseph H. Rudich
Excellent unique speculative fiction

Lawrence has written a book that truly deserves the sometimes-overused term, "thought provoking". Believable human characterization wrapping a view of the near-future.

As a bonus to those of us who miss the days when books were actually proofread, Syncing Forward is published with excellent grammar and spelling. Highly recommended!
Donna Lull
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unique twist on adventure/action/sci-fi story that makes you wonder about how our future will look. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I know I would never want to take Martin's place, but the book is thought provoking! Excellent first novel from W Lawrence!
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W Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California, and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He finally got his wish and balanced out the hormonal levels of his house by getting a boy dog. He worked for nearly twenty years as a professional interrogator in both the U.S. military and the world of corporate security b ...more

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