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Split Second

(Split Second #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  28,784 ratings  ·  1,499 reviews
A stunningly unique time travel thriller. The 27th bestselling Kindle book of 2017--out of almost 6 million titles.

What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not weeks, days, or even minutes back. What if you could only send something back a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an ev
Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Paragon Press (first published August 31st 2015)
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Douglas Richards
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi. This isn't a review. I just wanted to alert all of those who follow my reviews that my new novel, SPLIT SECOND, is now available. If you end up reading it, I hope that you will like it. Doug ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really disliked this book. The characters were seen-them-all-before stock characters; the dialogue was laughably cartoonish ("Outstanding, Mr Blake."; "Mark my words... we'll get this guy." etc); there were long, awkward sections of didactic expository dialogue, delivered by one character to another like a college lecture from an academic with an autism spectrum disorder, highlighting the importance of the "show don't tell" dictum -- for an action novel, a hell a lot of the action was in the f ...more
Adam Smith
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Returning from a visit to her sister, Jenna Morrison is surprised when her physicist fiancé Nathan Wexler announces that he has made a major breakthrough, but before he can tell her anything armed men break in and kidnap them. They are taken to nearby Palomar Mountain with no explanation only for another group of men to ambush them on route. Nathan is killed in the crossfire, leaving Jenna to try and find out what earth-shattering discovery would lead two highly trained groups of black ops speci ...more
Susan May
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I'm trialling Kindle Unlimited. Actually, I'll tell the truth, my book Deadly Messengers is gathering quite a few page reads via Kindle Unlimited, and I wanted to have a nosy around what was on offer and why it was being read so much.

This book Split Second by Douglas E. Richards kept being recommended to me by Amazon's algorithms and it sounded intriguing. I love techno thrillers, and since Michael Crichton's untimely death I haven't found anyone who can write a cracking adventure and throw in c
Sep 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: suspense, dnf, sci-fi

I just can't. Don't even bother
M Hamed
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
excerpt from the book,enjoy

How many thousands of men had America lost fighting the advance of barbaric hordes of Islamic extremists, only to have politicians who had no understanding of the military and little of world politics give back all gains? How many times had politicians, elected solely on charisma and domestic policy expertise, made tragic blunders, totally avoidable tragic blunders, leaving the soldiers in the field to twist in the winds of political expediency?
Spilling blood to protec
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of technothrillers and this one is a doozy. (Do people use that word anymore? If not, they should. :-))

There are so many genres and subgenres today that it's easier than ever to find the right kind of stories we enjoy reading. When I was a kid, technothrillers were simply science fiction books. Little green men and titanium alloy men all bundled up together in the same category. Finding the 'sciency' ones instead of the 'fantasy' ones was like a pot-luck dinner.

Split Second is a s
Adrienne Ryans
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good book, somewhat similar to one I read by another author. If you find the theory of time travel, and teleportation interesting, then this is the book for you. They only issue I had with this is they get very technical and theoretical, which was OK for me, but some people would not find this interesting. When I tried to discuss it with my daughter she started snoozing. So, you really need to be interested in this type of subject.
There is a love story, intrigue,kidnapping and fightin
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Looks like I finally found my replacement for the late, great Crichton

Split Second is a book about time travel… but not really. What if you couldn’t go back to the age of the dinosaurs, or even watch your birth. But, you could only go back a fraction of a fraction of a second. Literally less than a blink of an eye. What good would that do? Apparently, two rival corporations and agencies know what, and will kill to find out more.

The narration was done by Kevin Pariseau was excellent. The hard sci
Casey Robinson
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jul 25, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
No rating: did not finish.

Wow, what crappy writing. Tell, don't show: long paragraphs of background information inserted into dialog between characters, sometimes entire chapters. A few action scenes here and there, but not enough to get me through all the explanatory dialog. People just don't talk like this, unless to themselves.

Richards gets carried away with his explication: at one point he actually forces a character to define what another character calls a "ranch-style house": "Oh, you mean
Tali Walt
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very fun read

Just the right mix of sci-fi and thriller. The characters are enjoyable and the author maintains a good pace throughout. I really enjoyed the afterword in which the author separates scientific fact from speculation and elaborates on the various current scientific theories (as in educated hypothesis, not Relativity) that he makes use of in the book.

This is the first novel I've read by Douglass Richards, and as an avid reader (mostly sci-fi & speculative fiction), I'm pleased to fi
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, but the time travel twist is truly brilliant. I read reviews that said it was unique, and I thought they just hadn't read enough sci-fi, but no, this really is an incredible concept.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ooof, this one was rough. I don't know what compels me to read books I KNOW will be hot garbage. Sometimes you want to just turn off the ol' brain and let the hours aloft in an airplane fly by, I suppose. But this book I read - for the most part - on terra firma so I don't have any excuse.

I am a notable sucker for time travel stories, so when I read the blurb that mentioned it, I was on board. And I DID get a kick out of the sci-fi thought experiments peppered throughout the narrative. Thus: tw
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was not for me. I felt that the author overspent time in the book trying to flesh out the characters. Usually, I enjoy an author doing that, but in this book it felt really unnecessary and a lot like it was padding the book. Spending a chapter on characters political beliefs, only to never reference it again seems like a waste and something that could have been edited out.

The book does move along pretty quickly as it is written like a thriller, and while there were some plot twists du
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Very amateurish writing, characters are unbelievable (one minute she's a normal woman, the next she's an action hero), and a poor grasp of technology (really - you threaten to drop a flash drive into a glass of wine and stop the bad guy? I've washed one of mine TWICE and didn't lose a bit of data). All in all a lousy read which I couldn't finish. ...more
Vinod Kurup
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I almost put the book down after the pointless anti-Islamic screed at the beginning of the book. That probably colored the rest of my experience, but I just didn't enjoy it. ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I thought to myself some brain candy would be good, got a copy for $.99, a plot about a new take on time travel sounded fun. Maybe something fun and entertaining like a Clive Cussler novel, my not so secret vice.
Shame I couldn't get past an entire chapter that was little more than an unvarnished jingoistic diatribe to see what the take was. I'm used to authors incorporating their political or personal beliefs into their stories (Dan Simmon's Flashback being a recent example), but typically they
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Physicist Nathan Wexler discovered how to send matter back one-half second in time. Doesn't sound like much, does it? But the mathematics involved are of desperate interest to two separate groups, both of which are willing to go to any lengths to get their hands on Dr. Wexler and his equations. Wexler and his fiancée, Jenna Morrison, are kidnapped at gunpoint by one group and "rescued" by the other, but the rescue goes horribly horribly awry, and now Jenna is on the run. Alone.

The first half of
Ryan Rivera
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
If I had to use one word to describe my thoughts on this book, it would be "conflicted". I went into reading it with little expectations since I saw it at the top of the "popular" list in science fiction / fantasy on the Kindle app. I skimmed the book description, saw that time travel was involved and that was all the reason I needed to start reading. I LOVED the time travel aspect and I feel the author did an amazing job describing, what I imagine to be, one of the most complex concepts to tack ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this more than I did, and I think it's because the author thinks he's just a bit smarter than even his smartest readers, and it comes through in his storytelling. It wasn't exactly condescending, but there was a lot of, "are you still with me folks? Did my big brain lose you back there?" going on, even to the point of there being a fairly lengthy after-story section on what science in the book was real and what he made up. Yeah, I had that sorted out already, and I'm only ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
One of the top five books I have ever read--top five worst, that is. Proof that being a NY Times Bestseller implies nothing about quality. Literally and literarily awful.
William Steeter
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story provides a healthy dose of 'what-if' philosophizing about the consequences of backward time travel. It provided fodder to get me thinking about physical aspects I had not thought of before. While these time-travel scenarios remain hypothetical and exist only in science fiction stories, any book that causes me to think through logic problems this much is a win. It is one of the great things books are supposed to do - get you to think about different things in different ways.

On the dow
ash | spaceyreads
Apr 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction, dnf
Right about 50 pages in - besides the stilted writing that is a flagrant violation of the show-don't-tell rule - we come to a scene where a key female character is being praised for driving a truck because the man she is talking to only knows women who "just use them to carry groceries or luggage. It is the rare women who understands their utility for storing weapons and trapping dangerous intruders." Come to think about it, is this sarcasm? It's such an awkward thing to say. I didn't stick arou ...more
Edwin Priest
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
My 45 micro-second review: A fun, light, and somewhat sophomoric techno-thriller built around a quirky spin on time travel. 3-1/2 stars.
Melissa Storm
May 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I gave up around the 15% mark. I was so intrigued by the blurb and reviews but don't feel those promises were delivered upon. My first irritation was the amount of time spent discussing the movie Idiocracy right at the beginning of the book to explain how smart the MC was. I would have rather learned about the character through her actions than her thinking about a movie she saw once. I stopped reading when a new character was introduced by a winded discussion of his feelings on radical Islam, w ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book but it was just awful. I honestly haven't finished and I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to. I listened to the audio book (don't do it, the narrator is worse than the writer) and I will say I think that definitely influenced my inability to like the book. My dislike started with the author's ridiculous need to explain to us what a "thumb drive" is. My 75 year old grandmother knows what a USB stick is. Really? That needed explaining. He continues this way m, ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
A reviewer compared this author to Michael Crichton. Really? It was all I could do to finish this. I remember getting it because it had a time travel aspect and even though I'm not a sci-fi fan, I am interested in time travel.

What I got was a poorly written book with underdeveloped, cliched characters and multiple long paragraphs, pages even, about dark matter, paradoxes and probably the entire history of time travel experimentation.

It is a bad guys vs. good guys situation with chases and bomb
Patricia Farren
Nov 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nothing original here

Lost me within the first 100 pages with the rant about extremists and the West not understanding. Clichéd and unimaginative story with a smart woman who isn't quite as smart as the men but knows it; genius scientist whose work is wanted by bad guys. There's an ex army Ranger who's seen war and loves his country but politicians are idiots or evil or both. Blah, blah
Dec 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm sorry, I give up. A book that confuses "intestinal" for "internal" is not going to work for me, regardless of its exciting plot hook. I love, love, love time-travel stories, and they can be pulpy, but they can't be this badly written - to the point where it's actually difficult to understand at times. And what was with the super strange "think piece" early on about how unintelligent people procreate more than intelligent people do? I'm sorry, does this author actually believe "knowledge" and ...more
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Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED and numerous other novels (see list below). A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago. ...more

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