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Toward Yesterday [Kindle Edition]

Paul Antony Jones
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Word count: 77,000

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself twenty-five years in the past? For the nine-billion people of the year 2042 it's no longer a question ... it is a reality

When a seemingly simple experiment goes disastrously wrong, James Baston finds himself stranded alongside the rest of mankind, twenty-five years in the past. A past where the old are once more young, the dead live and the world has been thrust into chaos.

Contacted by the scientist responsible for the disaster, James is recruited to help avert an even greater catastrophe. Along with a team of scientists, a reincarnated murder victim and a frustrated genius trapped in her six-year old body, James must stop the certain extinction of humanity. But if the deluded leader of the Church of Second Redemption has his way, humanity will disappear into potentiality, and he is willing to do anything to ensure that happens.

A serial killer, a murder victim, a dead priest, and James' lives are all inextricably bound together as they plummet towards an explosive final confrontation, the winner of which will decide the fate of humanity.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z9A0SE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific storytelling May 2 2014
By Bren
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A nail biter. The serial killer was truly scary. Had forgotten all about him until near the end and what a surprise that was when it was uncovered who he was.
I bought this book, prepared to waste some time but, this author had me hooked right from the get go. It normally takes me about a week to read a book, this, two days. I simply had to know, who, what, where, when, why and, how!
Cracking pace. Cracking story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story and a good start for a first time author. May 13 2011
By Pat Whitaker - Published on Amazon.com
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In a world sinking into a morass of indifferent Fantasy, leavened only by the occasional Space Opera, it is a huge relief to read some 'proper' science fiction. You, know, fiction based on science.

Paul Jones' Towards Yesterday is unashamedly old school. The plot is well-paced and compelling, the science convincing, and the questions posed - both social and personal - leave the reader with plenty to ponder. I did take issue with the idea that Dirac's radio avoids the causal loop, based on the precept that it is information and not matter that is displaced in time, but that is a dispute with the theory, not the author.

I should point out that there is much more to this work; the characters are strongly drawn and the interplay of personality and circumstance compelling. I can unreservedly recommend you read Towards Yesterday if you prefer steak to hamburger.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-fi from a first-time author May 7 2011
By Christian Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Towards Yesterday is a great hard sci-fi read from first-time author, Paul Anthony Jones. The book's basic premise is interesting to say the least - what would happen to society if everyone on the planet had their consciousness sent back 25 years into the past? Those who died would come back to life with their memories intact up to the moment of their death. The book explores relationships, second chances, religion, and the ever present friction between science and faith.

Mr. Jones explores these ideas and provides an interesting race-against-the-clock scenario that keeps the reader interested right up to the explosive conclusion. I paid only 99 cents for this novel, but I feel that it is easily worth more. It is a novel not only of sci-fi, but of ideas; this is what distinguishes good sci-fi from great sci-fi.

The book really made me wonder what I would do differently with my life if I woke up in my 15 year-old body. I look forward to reading more works by this author and congratulate him on publishing his first novel.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi the way it should be, with interesting characters Feb. 7 2012
By Carol R. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a very unique take on time travel fiction, and the science actually seems realistic even if beyond our present capabilities. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and engaging which makes the story a pleasure to read. I did read another review that complained about the graphic horror in certain scenes but I did not find that to be the case for me, and I don't read horror because I do not like the genre.

Pay attention, aspiring scifi writers! This author understands what makes a story truly science fiction and not fantasy - and there are a number of authors who don't seem to understand the difference.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An "A For Effort" Piece of Writing That Produces "C+" Results April 23 2012
By Ken Korczak - Published on Amazon.com
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So, once again, for the 7 billionth time in science fiction, a brilliant scientist (you know, distinguished, silver haired, white lab coat) working on some super-high-tech contraption flips a switch and - BLAMMO! - he plunges the entire planet into chaos!

I hate it when that happens. Well, I guess it can be okay if the situation results in some thrilling science fiction fun -- and I will grant there is some of that in this worthy effort, TOWARDS YESTERDAY, which is a first-time novel venture for writer and journalist PAUL ANTONY JONES.

There is much to like, but equally as much to criticize in this attempt to write a fast-paced, pot-boiling sci-fi yarn very much in the tradition of Dean R. Koontz, although this offering blows a tad more technological, whereas Koontz leans more toward horror.

In brief, this is a time travel scenario in which the entire human race gets thrust 25 years back in time by an experiment with tachyon particles that goes badly awry. The situation offers plenty of opportunity for interesting premises - such as the dead being "revitalized" when they are allowed to wake up again 25 years in the past. Old people are young and vigorous again. Widowed husbands are joyfully reunited with dead wives, a man gets to see his long-dead child alive again. And this is juicy: Adults suddenly find themselves back in their childhood bodies, but with their grown up minds and memories all intact! Nice!

But the shock of the sudden and inexplicable time quake also creates societal chaos and a period of readjustment, forcing all of humanity to come to grips with a mind-numbing set of circumstances. The calendar gets instantly dialed back from year 2042 to 2018. Yow!

What's agonizing about this novel is that it often misfires even when the author is doing all the right things. I mean, he gets and "A for Effort" is his ability to keep the action going - but unfortunately, some of the action scenes come off as numbingly tedious in their rendering. For example, if you want your hero to bash in the head of a bad guy with a car bumper - why spend two pages describing in minute detail the process of tearing the bumper off a wrecked car as we wait for the head-bashing?

The bigger problem for me, however, was the uneven inner psychological workings of the characters. For example, the main character, Jim Baston, alternates back and forth from tormented "inwardly destroyed" man who killed his own daughter and ruined his marriage, to happy-go-lucky brilliant scientist and writer who easy-breezily falls in love with a sexy young mathematician. In one scene, Baston endures a gut-wrenching reunion and conversation with his ex-wife whom he thought was dead (along with his little girl) -- and right on the next page he is enjoying wine, a candlelight dinner and hot romance with his new number-crunching honey!

Also, one of the most promising and primary characters, the preacher Jacob Pike, just kind of recedes into the background of the plot and basically fades out of the story -- which is kind of inexplicable. A final and truly critically flaw of the story is the way the toughest challenge the characters are grappling with resolves itself - not through direct action of the heroes - but rather through a happy circumstance of science. This sort of "oh, we never thought of that" situation destroys the punch of the ending.

But, you know what? - I am going to do some of my own time traveling right now and predict the future. My prediction is this:

That one day Paul Antony Jones is going to be a millionaire because he will be a best-selling author. No, I'm not being snarky or cynical, or just trying to be nice. Not in the least. I just bet it happens. This author has everything it takes. His writing skill (which is considerable) can produce the kind of mass-market page turners that publishers love to promote, and gazillions of readers like to buy to read on the beach, or while riding the bus, or just to enjoy.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi thriller June 6 2011
By Steven Konkoly - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a hidden gem that would be a pure shame to miss. Toward Yesterday is an apocalyptic, science fiction thriller, that kept me sneaking away to read my Kindle for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Engrossing, thought-provoking, filled with lasting, vivid imagery...the story gripped me early, and didn't let go. Based around a future scientific/military experiment gone terribly awry (apocalyptic level destruction and death toll), the story ties together several strangers, as their post "event" paths collide, with potentially even deadlier consequences for humankind.

If you like post-apocalyptic books, you will thoroughly enjoy this one. The scenes surrounding the "event" are worth the price of admission alone. Some of the best apocalyptic imagery and action I have ever read. For a first time author, this is an impressive accomplishment, and for a self-published title, it contains few, if any, grammar or typo errors. You will not regret purchasing this book.
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