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The Chronothon

(In Times Like These #2)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,833 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Run from the past. Run from the future. Run for your lives.

He’s a novice time traveler in a big universe.

Ben just wants time with the scientist’s daughter who got him into this, but when he’s rooked into competing in a chronothon–an Amazing Race through time–getting the girl means he’ll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a
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Paperback, 462 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by Skylighter Press
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Robert I found the glossary at the end of Chronothon to be really helpful for these technical questions.…moreI found the glossary at the end of Chronothon to be really helpful for these technical questions. (less)
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Paul Wandason
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Chronothon is the second of a series of 3 novels, each written so that they can be read independently from each other. Having not read the first (silly me...) I can safely confirm this claim is valid! (Actually there's a glossary at the back to help 'dive in' readers such as myself. It's interesting to read through, but I don't think it's necessary).

The writing style is fluent and Nathan writes with a staggering eye for detail. Characters have depth and are well developed, and there are many
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John Papadopoulos
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-hold
This book literally gave me sooo many headaches which i took so much pleasure in each and every one of them - that's what i was/am expecting from a time travel novel, anyway; this adventure, however, compared to books 1 adventure, was 80% visual and 20% dialogue - I was expecting more interaction between the characters and less chasing cos it felt like a non stop chase which, tbh, made me feel tedious and I could tell right away that the pattern would repeat itself, thus, predicting the ...more
Mark Speed
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
I've read some good novels this year. This is a great one. It's the sequel to In Times Like These, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading earlier this year. You don't have to have read book one to read book two, as everything you need to know is explained as you go.

Nathan Van Coops has done a masterful job of creating a plausible time travel method, as well as ensuring it's not easy for those who wish to use it. As Vladimir Nabokov said, it's the author's job to get their protagonist stuck up a tree
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Donna Backshall
Nathan Van Coops's The Chronothon is a long book, seeming even longer if you have trouble following time travel jumps and redos like I do. While it was a swashbuckling adventure of a book, I could have enjoyed it being half the length and with half the betrayals. Seriously, it seemed like everyone and everything was pitted against Ben and those racing in the Chronothon (a marathon of time travel that served as the plot driver of this story and still has my brain screaming "error! error!").

Gosh,
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Emily
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There’s a time traveling dog in this book.

That really should be enough to convince you to read it immediately (I mean, are you EVEN HUMAN), but in case it doesn’t, I’ll keep going. First let me repeat to you: there is a time traveling Labrador named Barley who wears saddlebags and competes in a race through history. Just stop reading this review and order The Chronothon already.

Perhaps I should clarify that Barley isn’t the protagonist of the story (although he deserves a spin-off). He is,
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Amy
In the 2150s, time travel has become commonplace enough that it has become boring. Time travelers know the basic rules of time travel such as how to not to get themselves fused with objects in the past, etc. It seems inevitable in such a society that time travel would eventually develop into an extreme sport. Benjamin Travers doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to be recruited from the future to join in a Chronothon whether he wants to or not. And it’s not until the end of the game that he ...more
Paul
I thoroughly enjoyed this author's first novel, "In Times Like These," and now the second is even better. "The Chronothon" is not simply a continuation of ITLT, but an imaginative standalone story in itself, and a unique tale it is. I've never read a novel quite like this one, in which the writer constructs an entirely new Time Travel science in such credible and enjoyable detail.

Equally fascinating is the array of characters in "The Chronothon." Time Travelers come in various forms, sizes,
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Shawn Deal
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel, sci-fi
I am so happy to have discovered Nathan Van Coops. This is the second book of his on going time travel series. Benjamin Travers is kind of screwed. He is to compete in the Chronothon, a dangerous--Amazing Race--sort of adventure through various periods of time. He has been suckered into doing this by the mob who has their own agenda. This is a rollicking adventure as we follow Benjamin through out his perils. If you are a fan of the first book, you will be a fan of this one. However, Benjamin is ...more
Amanda
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book as my pick for our monthly book club after randomly selecting the time travel category. I didn't realize that it was the second book in a series until after I finished it, but I had no trouble becoming engrossed in the story. For picking it on a whim just based off a couple of Amazon.com reviews, I'm really glad I did! I'm going to pick up the first book and seeing what I missed and I'm looking forward to book number 3!
Glenn Younger
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Time Travel and science fiction readers
Recommended to Glenn by: I found the first book in the series cruising Amazon.
The Chronothon
By Nathan Van Coops (book two of the series)

5 Stars With a strong warning...

Ben's time travel adventures continue with Mym, his favorite lady, playing a crucial background role. This time, he finds himself being maneuvered into participating in a rigged and highly unethical intergalactic time travel competition, one for which he is particularly untrained.

In terms of well developed characters and an intricate story line that never falls apart, this book was pure pleasure to read.
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Peter
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in a projected three-story scifi series by up and coming writer Nathan Van Coops, The Chronothon tells the story of a young man who is forced to compete in a dangerous race while trying to reunite with the daughter of the inventor of time travel.

In Van Coops’ first book, In Times Like These, Benjamin Travers and friends are inadvertently transported back in time. The story tells of the adventures that befall them in their efforts to return to their own time and introduces Dr. Harold
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Leslie
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ben Travers is a novice time traveler with a knack for making friends. He’s just met the girl of his dreams (who also happens to be a time traveler), and he’s full of hope for the future (and the past, and everything in between.)

Until he gets rooked into racing a chronothon.

Chronothons are marathons through time for the chance to win fabulous wealth. Most racers are experienced time travelers with a thirst for adventure and a taste for extreme sports. But this chronothon committee might as well
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Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
Where do you start with a review of an AMAZING Time Traveling book about a totally unique/fast paced/nail biting, addictive scavenger hunt through alternate timelines (past, present and future), zombie planets, with pirate tricking, assassin dodging, unlikely alliance making, crazy/deadly religious zealots and oh so much more. Yes I'm aware of the rambling but this book has left me ranting to anyone who will stand still long enough for me to tell of the magic that is this book! Now those who ...more
Dwight Young
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’ve been looking forward to the sequel to Van Coops’ first book, In Times Like These, and The Chronothon does not disappoint. It’s an entertaining and fast-paced adventure. The author writes very relatable characters, especially Ben Travers, a regular guy who also happens to be a time traveler.

This time around, Travers has been thrown into a time traveling race where he interacts with all kinds of fellow competitors, including a brother-sister duo who use interesting devices to overcome race
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Mordechai Housman
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This is one of the most amazing time-travel books I have ever read. It is a new twist in the concept (the second in a series), masterfully executed, full or surprises, with a splendid plot.

The time travel genre is one of my two favorite genres (the other being (science fiction and fantasy humor), and I have read a large number of them. This is one of the very best, and in fact has a touch of humor here and there. If you like this genre, then this is a must read.

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Dawn
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Some nice twists on the time travel theme with excellent characters you can really get to like, some really creepy bad guys causing them trouble and a well plotted story with plenty of acton.
Lincoln
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You ever find yourself sitting down at a nice restaurant and everything on the menu looks delicious, and you find yourself disappointed because you can only choose one entree to eat? Well, Chronothon is the "Sampler" of time travel books. A little of everything. Some fans of the genre hone in on specific time periods, or are die hard futurists and enjoy sci-fi theoretical tomorrowlands. This book finds the protagonist wrapped up in a conspiracy, masked as a time travel extreme sporting event. ...more
Garrett Alley
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the real deal -- a wonderful book. I really enjoyed this one from start to finish and could really appreciate the ending. While it left room for some kind of sequel, the main story was finished and satisfying.
Donalda
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How unusual!

Wow! Different. Very different. Engaging, entertaining and wildly imaginative. You should read this book. Really. You should read this book.
Soo
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Notes:

Well, poo. I enjoyed the first book but this one was more less plausible and more ridiculous. The intro set a tone to not believe anything else that happened in the book. The main character did not seem the same. It was like an alternate reality version. Which would have been fine if we were suddenly in a different time line but this story was a continuation of the one that was concluded. *shrug*
Jess the Audiobookworm
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sponsored
3.25 AudiobookThis book was a struggle for me. During the first 65%, I was nearly bored out of my mind. Couple that with an overwhelming sense of confusion and I was ready to table it by the time I reached 46% completion. My primary frustration was the writing style. This book was all plot and no story. Imagine being suddenly grabbed by the arm and dragged along behind someone for miles at an alarming pace with absolutely no idea where you were going. No explanations. No breaks. Just go-go-go. ...more
Sarah Van coops-bush
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jim
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow - I loved this book. Time travel + The Amazing Race + The Hunger Games (without the constantly annoying main character) & more. The "rules" around time travel in this series are intriguing already - but combined with the race through different time periods, contrasting the linear movement of the race with jumping in and between legs of the race...what a great concept. It's been ages since I've read time travel that had fresh ideas...this has it. I liked Ben in book 1, but grew to like ...more
David Pennington
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nathan Van Coops' followup to In Times Like These finds our protagonist, Ben, in a whole new kind of trouble. He's signed up to compete in a Chronothon - a sort of race throughout time - without realizing exactly what he's gotten himself into. Van Coops keeps the action going while Ben encounters some fascinating characters. Without divulging any spoilers, let's just say there are some unique slants on narcissism and non-human time travelers. A great read!
Gina F. LeBlanc
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun fun fun

Recommended reading, enjoyed immensely, very well written, great characters, real page turner, you won't regret this purchase, can't say enough
Wendy
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads
" The Chronothan" the second book in the exciting and gripping series "In Times Like These" is a masterful piece of time travelling lore that begins with a race across history that Ben Travers unwittingly agrees to. But the competition soon becomes a test of survival when Ben's guide is murdered and competitors are killed. With danger around every corner Ben, Mym and his new friends search for clues to the mystery behind the deaths and a conspiracy that has them jumping to prohibited worlds.

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Paul
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know – we have things pretty tough down here in Australia, what with being “down under” and having to learn to pee while standing on our head, chase crocodiles out of our swimming pools, squish deadly spiders that are hiding in our shoes, shooing poisonous snakes out of our undies drawer and fending off attacks by ravenous drop bears. So having to get our heads around the possibilities and impossibilities of time travel just adds to our woes. In this chronological marathon, our author ...more
Patrick
Funny and exciting

This is a good adventure story with a nice twist on time travel. The characters remind me of nineteenth and early twentieth types found in adventure stories but the tone of the book is different, more modern.

I came to this series in book two by accident but a lot of important background was supplied as the book progressed. I didn't feel as if I missed anything. The main character is a doofus, as another reader rightly described him. He provides a lot of the comic element but
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Tia
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
So good. So creative. So edge-of-my-seat stressful. I look forward for more from this author.
Mark Laporta
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Ingenuity and a flair for broad brushstrokes go a long way to drive a sci-fi story forward. Add to that a penchant for sassy wit and a facility with action scenes, and you have most of the ingredients for a fascinating novel.

That’s why many readers will find THE CHRONOTHON, by Nathan Van Coops a satisfying read. It even includes a stuttering love story in the romantic comedy tradition— in which a hopeless guy has to prove to his girl that he is, after all, “the man.”

Trouble is, in this story,
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Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as “dressy” flip-flops. He is the author of three time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never. You can also check out his sci-fi sky pirate adventure, Faster Than Falling.

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In Times Like These (4 books)
  • In Times Like These (In Times Like These, #1)
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