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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,562 ratings  ·  1,041 reviews
"One cool novel. If the Tardis were a Ford Model A, this might be Doctor Who meets National Treasure."--F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series


The traveler sped through Eli Teague's life long ago. With her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model-A Ford, she was a living anach
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published September 26th 2017)
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Josen I was the same way as you, loved 14 and Fold, but found Paradox slow.

I slogged through it. Things get wrapped up, but the book remains slowish and som…more
I was the same way as you, loved 14 and Fold, but found Paradox slow.

I slogged through it. Things get wrapped up, but the book remains slowish and somewhat meh all the way to the end..
Dennis Raines I'd say yes. There really only one mention of 14/the fold in paradox bound, a line about the Earth turning to desert with giant flying monsters in the…moreI'd say yes. There really only one mention of 14/the fold in paradox bound, a line about the Earth turning to desert with giant flying monsters in the sky. Other than that, there's no other reference to the other two books.(less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars, rounding up for the fun factor. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Sanders is, in 8 year old Eli Teague’s opinion, the most boring town in the state of Maine, and probably in all of the United States. It doesn’t have internet, cell phone towers, cable TV or even a library (it does, however, have a video store). So when Eli sees a 1929 Model A coupe by the side of the road, and its young driver Harry takes Eli’s bottle of water and pours it into the fuel tank and takes off, hot
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Clines’ Paradox Bound reads like an extended pitch for a tv series. The silly-but-catchy premise has a pair of time travelers zipping around American history in search of the American Dream (literally), pursued by faceless monster-men who want to stop them. Along the way they predictably encounter figures from American history/legend, debunk myths and discover hidden truths about our nation’s past – the kind of “big canvas” setup that makes network execs wipe drool off their chins, even if ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert 02Feb18: This is the audible daily deal for $3.95 here

Time travel, this is not a genre of Sci-Fi I delve into very often. I sometimes can’t suspend disbelief enough to really enjoy it. And let’s face it usually the tension isn’t high enough because at some point you go back to before you broke a time line and just fix it. But there are always exceptions to this and I have really enjoyed Peter Clines other works so I was determined to read it even if it includes time travel.

I will give
Dan Schwent
Eli Teague lives in Sanders, Maine, the town that time forgot. A chance encounter with a Model A Ford and its driver when he was a kid sets Eli on a collision course with all of America's history. That is, if the faceless men don't get him first...

Peter Clines impressed the shit out of me with The Fold and 14 so it was a no-brainer when Crown came knocking with an ARC of Paradox Bound.

Time travel stories are something that's hard to do well. Peter Clines takes an admirable stab at it in Paradox
Sinisa Mikasinovic
Disappointed, if I had to sum it all up in one word.
Seriously disappointed, if I could use two.

I thought about this review for a very long time. Don't know how to start.

A couple of friends of mine read the book before me and have reviewed it here already. With one of them, I agree 100%. Instead of writing my own review here, I will just shamelessly steal hers in full and paste it here. Seriously, there is no point in trying to write something original - it will just be a copy of her own anyway.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1audio, z2018, audio-read
3 stars for the Audible version narrated by Ray Porter.

Sigh. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I *want* to like Peter Clines' books more than I actually *do* like them.

I first read 14 without really knowing what the genre was (I'm not sure if anyone actually does know), and was thoroughly charmed by the characters to the point that I was fully engrossed in the story and didn't mind too much when the plot went places that are usually just not my thing. Reading The Fold was similar (althou
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I thought Paradox Bound was another decent Peter Clines sci-fi adventure story. It was not as awesome as his Ex-Heroes series or quite as fun as 14 or The Fold but it will still a mostly enjoyable read.

Nothing eventful ever happens in Eli Teague's back water town of Sanders and the only thing keeping him there is his obsession with a mysterious stranger Eli has met twice in his life. Once when he was 8 and then again when he was 13. Both times Harry, the mysterious stranger, drove an old car, w
PARADOX BOUND is not my usual fare, but I just adore Ray Porter, the narrator, so I picked it up over at Audible.

This was an enjoyable time travel, (or as one character would insist, history travel), novel. Based on the premise that certain spots are "slippery" and one can use those spots to travel. Most of those making use of the slippery spots are called "searchers" and they're looking for the American Dream, which is a little bit hokey and nostalgic, but there it is.

Coming after the searcher
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book was seriously fun! I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it described as a time-travel thriller. I was completely entertained by the story from the first page. When I wasn't actually reading the book, I was thinking about how this kind of time travel would work. I am so glad that I made the decision to read this exciting story.

This book is told from Eli's point of view. We first meet Eli as a child and see
*** 3.33 ***

A buddy read with my family @ BB&B! Because we are always ready to check out something new:):):)

When Eli meets Harry starts a bit earlier in life for the comics-loving precocious little guy Eli, who is only eight years old but thinks of himself as a very mature and grown up man. Their first meeting takes only several minutes, just enough to learn each-others' names and to spark a life-long interest in history and cars into his very nerdy soul:):) Their second encounter was when he w
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Despite my love for time travel stories, sometimes they can be hard to wrap my head around. I think that might be why I struggled a little with this one, even though I’m a huge fan of Peter Clines and look forward to every new novel of his that comes along. They’re always so unique and original, and yes, a lot of the time, they can be quite strange as well. Paradox Bound turned out to be one of these books, and while I enj
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, giveaways
I’d really like to give this 3.5 stars. Looking at the caliber of books on my 4 Star shelf this year I rounded down because I just didn’t feel like I could put it up there with them.

It was a fun read, and my issues with this book were personal ones, not really anything at all to do with the book itself or the writing. Paradox Bound is about a guy named Eli, who meets a history traveling woman named Harry when he is 8. She appears two more times, once when he is a teen, and again as an adult. Whe
Stewart Tame
For the record, I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I liked this quite a bit, actually. Two young people go on a road trip in search of the American Dream. But this is science fiction, not Kerouac.

Eli Teague grew up in Sanders, a small town in Maine so backward it still has a video store. As a child, he has a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger driving a Model A that appears to run on water. He encounters her again as a young man, though she appears not to have aged a
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A young man stays in the village he was born in, where nothing ever changes, because he is in love with a girl who drives an antique car. Turns out the car is a time travel machine. They search through history for the American Dream, while a faceless group of policemen try to stop them.

A little sentimental, but overall, pretty good.
Oct 15, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't know what to expect with this one other than the fact it was a Clines novel and it seemed to be SF. When I started reading it, it felt kinda hokey and it kinda devolved into a roadtrip novel with faceless government men in suits chasing them and I almost groaned as I got into it.

BUT. It turned out pretty fun. It evolved into something pretty clever and the time-travel hijinx managed to rise above the normal and by the end I had a really good time.

Viva la American Dream, lol.

Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun I had reading this book, it felt like Doctor Who mixed in with Sherlock and a little bit of Supernatural all together , if you love these shows then this book is for you . It is an adventure through American history in pursuit of the American Dream (yep cannot get more literal than that) , faceless men (literally faceless) in hot pursuit of the main characters and their friends. It is such a fast read that you will finish it before you get bored . If you like the description of this boo ...more
Edward Lorn
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paradox Bound was a five-star read spoiled down to four stars by a few phoned in twists. That is not to say that the book is not full of twists that work, only that two of the biggest plot developments can be easily predicted in the. Very. First. Chapter. Oh well, it was still a super fun read and I would recommend reading it, which brings me to whether or not you should take that advice, because there are several caveats.

(Note to Dan 2.0. I'm sure you'll find this book as Ridiculous™ as Clines
Jeff Raymond
I'm a sucker for time-travel. I was a sucker for Peter Clines's last effort, which did interdimensional portaling right, and when I saw he had a time travel book? Alrighty, cool, I'm on board.

The end result is just okay.

As a child, Eli meets a strange woman. She reappears a couple more times, the final time is when he heads off to some time-traveling adventures with what can best be described as American time-traveling hobos seeking the literal American Dream. The premise brings us around to som
Karen’s Library
I thought Paradox Bound was a really fun and quirky take on time travel and really enjoyed it! It’s not actually referred to as “time travel”, however. In this book it’s “history travel” which even the MC has a problem remembering. Ha!

The beginning was a bit slow but eventually I got to the point where I fell in love with Eli and Harriet (Harry) and didn’t want this book to end.

I have to admit that the “faceless men” did scare the bejeebies out of me in the beginning. Listening to Ray Porter de
This was so much fun! Kinda like a mix of Doctor Who, Back to the Future and a bit of Fringe. I just love time travel stories with their paradoxes and mind fuckery and this is easily a new favorite now.
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Review of PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines

Author Peter Clines unfailingly delivers a vastly imaginative landscape, in every single novel. In 14, in FOLD, and in PARADOX BOUND, he gives readers an unparalleled reading experience: escapism, but not only that. He also stretches our intellects and ignites our imaginations. In short, he molds us into individuals enlarged and improved for having read his work.

In PARADOX BOUND, he introduces us to the concept of "history travel," as feckless but well-int
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I would like to thank the great people over at Crown for the early copy of Paradox Bound and the opportunity to review it.

Paradox Bound is a fast-paced, thrilling, and imaginative read that shovels the American Dream onto your plate with a side of freedom fries.

Eli Teague is just a normal kid; well, he was before he met Harry. Clad in Revolutionary War attire and driving a vehicle that predates the Great Depression, Harry definitely stands out from the crowd in the 20th Century. As
Kitten Kisser
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NO Spoilers - I hate them.

I'm not even sure where to begin with this stupid book. I guess I'll start with the lame characters. The main character is a young man named Eli. Who cares. He is utterly uninteresting. Yet this dull dude who hardly ever leaves his town of Sanders Maine is able to figure out all sorts of stuff in days whereas it has either taken other much more experienced folks weeks, months, or years (or in many situations never) to figure it out. By the way Eli is super smart. How do
ash | spaceyreads
Fun, quirky, sci-fi themed adventure.

In true Clines’ style, Paradox Bound is a movie-level entertaining adventure that will make you nostalgic for Back To The Future, Doctor Who, and Supernatural, and any other of such shows you might have watched. We follow a time-traveller and an unassuming sidekick (true to his stereotype, Eli is a bumbling, faltering apprentice and a self-declared loser who makes mistakes that literally gets people killed) on their adventures all around America, but, like, i
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read 14 and The Fold; both which are by Peter Clines. I enjoyed reading both of them so when I found out that he had a new book coming out, I was intrigued by the synopsis. of Paradox Bound. While it involves time travelling, it is rather referred to 'history traveling'. The faceless men reminded me of the movie 'The Adjustment Bureau' because of them trying to stop Harry and Eli on their journey. I liked that aspect of the story and how they were depicted. While this book wasn't as enthral ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won an uncorrected proof in a Goodreads giveaway.

Eli met Harry three times. When he was 8, 13, and again at 29. His hometown is boring and she is the most interesting thing to happen there. One of the faceless men in government showed up looking for Harry and Eli, thinking he's helping her, goes on a trek across the country to warn her.

When he finds her (yes, Harry is a woman), all hell breaks loose. He is forced to join her quest for the American dream or be killed by those faceless men. In t
This read like „The Matrix Goes Back to The Future - an American Roadtrip“ with Adam Sandler and Kirsten Dunst. And I don’t particularly like road movies...

The pacing at the beginning made it a little difficult to get into the book and the somewhat boring protagonist with his creepy/stalkery behavior didn’t help.
Except for the slight twist of (view spoiler) the setting is contemporary/historical US. I don’t know my US history well enough to know the references. S
Peter Clines writes fairly lightweight popcorn sci-fi, showing his versatility more in terms of story and plot than characterization, dialog, or writing. Not to say any of that is bad, but he's not a craftsman and his books are not deep. He is creative and from his post-apocalyptic zombie/superhero mash-ups to his Lovecraftian conspiracy novels, I have always found him entertaining enough to keep reading his work. And then six months later I will look at one of his books and know that I read it, ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
A timehistory traveling romp where the heroes drive classic cars, get chased by faceless men (literally) and search for the American Dream that was stolen in 1963.

Go on you know you want to read it!
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my favorite of Clines', (that would be "14")but it was kinda fun.

The feeling that so much of it could be referring to 2017 America, and the crappy direction this nation has turned, got me kinda wishing it could be this fun and easy to find that elusive American dream...
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Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper,

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“Can you give me a simple version?
I am sorry Mr Teague, but no. This maybe difficult to believe, but the mechanism of traveling through history defy simple explanation.”
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