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Turning the Hourglass

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Historian Dyrne Samson doesn't want to read about the past anymore. Now he can visit it.
Abandoning University lecturing, he joins a classified research organisation hidden beneath the streets of New London. Their time-distortion pods let him witness any event throughout history. Almost. Visiting his own timeline is forbidden - the only reason he can't return to the day he
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 25th 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Kristin Ward
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Matthew Keeley blends ideas of time travel, history, guilt, and redemption, into a unique story that makes us question how our actions, or inaction, touch lives and what it is we really see in shadowy glimpses out of the corner of our eyes. Turning the Hourglass takes the reader on a journey with Dyrne Samson, a history lecturer, who is wrestling with a desire to right wrongs and find his place in the world.

Dyrne, with use of specialized pods, is able to delve into history in a way many of
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Lewis Mullen
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What would you do to change something from your past that you regret? How far would you go and what would you sacrifice?

These are questions that Dyrne Samson, a historian from a shadowy 23rd Century organisation, is actually in a position to find out. His employer sends historians back in time to learn about the past, and only to observe, but Dyrne has his own motives.

Part time travel SF, Turning the Hourglass is also a character study of a lonely individual struggling with guilt. It weighs up
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Andy
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic read. The style of writing and setting are reminiscent of one of my favourite writers, James Smythe, which in my opinion is no bad thing.
The story doesn’t rely on fancy set pieces or a ridiculously overblown plot. Instead it develops the characters and story brilliantly and organically.
A large part of the story depends on advanced technology and science. Being a fan of sci-fi, 99% of books in the genre have fictional elements that are grand and fantastical but not altoget
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Edwin Downward
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tragic event. An obsession to make right. A price to pay.
Sarah Jackson
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been over one hundred years since the last world war. The resulting destruction of the planet, cities and infrastructure saw a dramatic decrease in the population. A special metagenics program was undertaken to create test-tube babies to ensure the continuation of the human race. And so an underclass was born.

Dr Dyrne Samson, former university professor of history, is one such metagenic (although this is well hidden from his colleagues and the few friends he has). Haunted by the death of a
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