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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Line by William L.J. Galaini

The Line
ISBN: 9781481049450
Publisher's Synopsis:
Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel; the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers incur into the past and observe history unseen and unnoticed.

But they are not alone. Another traveler is shattering history, unhindered by desires to remain scientific and uninvolved. The intruder's technology is greater with methods more brutal, and a physique more terrifying than anything Gustavo and his team were prepared for. As they apply their intellects and skills toward solving the mystery of the ferocious interloper, they quickly realize that they have attracted its attention ...

MrsK's Review:
Set in the futuristic station of Janus, a recent discovery had put everyone on edge. It's one thing to be discovering history through "unseen" incursions and quite another "expedition" when faced with an evil that is wielding chaos throughout time. The assignment is a five year mission surveying the differences between time lines (Earth's and Beta's). The expectation would be maybe of few "irregularities" because of "inaccurate historical data." What was found will prove even more frightening than war itself. There are more than "big discrepancies," there are "entire generations" missing, instead of a continuum that mirrors each other... certain events have "drastic" differences.

 Meet the Janus crew:  
Mary is an Humanities major. She is the archival historian for Janus. Back home she studied Ballet and is very graceful in her movements. She contemplates the reasons for all human inter actions and she cares deeply about justice. 

Ingrid is no nonsense about her discernment's, her "controller" duties, and the complexity of "leaping between time lines." She is passionate about following protocol and making sure all are safe without altering the Alpha or the Beta timelines. She is the driving force for everything running smoothly, every detail of life aboard Janus is under her supervision, including the pantry. Calculated chess moves are entertaining, so winning has little to do with the games.

Wyatt is a trained vet, he is unassuming, quietly an alert observer, and the one "jumper" who is overly concerned about the inhumane "vigilante" which is wreaking havoc within the timelines. His one solace from home is a rocking chair, his guitar, and peaceful melodies.

Rupert is a trained "jumper" who can disarm or defuse any situation with a smile. 

Jack is a mathematical genius, as well as the Janus pool-hall champion.

"Gus" Gustavo is Janus' commander, medic, PR man, and their link to home. He plots out the "fractures," locations, and dates. Data driven, he will be the mediator for their concerns, their fears, and their ideas. 

Evil/Xeno a tall, lean, and muscled faceless time-tormentor. With golden eyes it scans for any survivors. It appears to have a strong "social justice" motive for time traveling and "snuffing out certain events in history." Technologically advanced and equipped with a WWII German flame-thrower ... it is steals into history and attacks.

There are many "unforeseen" twists and turns as the story progresses. Not every mission began once the crew was chosen. What is behind the one locked door? Were there any incursions into the future, and if so why? Will an execution shut down Janus' mission? Who or what is Magus Kami? Why does Wyatt solo an incursion once Rupert is in need of  medical attention?

With a shout out to the author, The Line is a wonderful read partly due to the crafting of a well woven story line and partially due to the authentic word choice (it can be disastrous using unknown "technical terms for a reader when terms are used and there is no detailed connectors to our everyday life). These characters have comfortable personalities. Janus and all historical time frames are realistic, specific, and honed to perfection (every sense is activated). Discussions are perfected with wit and seasoned with friendly sarcasm (there are a few sexual innuendos and content, as well as cursing). As for the finally... spoiler alert... I'm still in shock!

This was a fantastic journey, an unexpected discovery, and a definite "must share."
Journeying beyond the known into the unknown... be willing to "suit up" for this incursion...

An incredible journey!
Added to my shelf of Sci-Fi "must reads" and a great gift for every Sci-Fi fan.
A definite addition to any YA classroom/Library shelf. 
Meet the Author:
 William L.J. Galaini  William LJ Galaini is an English Teacher in Northern Virginia. He is a military veteran and an avid reader. He lives with his brilliant wife, his mischievous son, and his three needy cats.

"I received this book for free for this review."
 Self Published

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