Verdict: THE KRONOS INTERFERENCE twists facts and fiction into a heady and provocative adventure about time travel and humanity.
Doctor Jacob Newman is on his way to make a presentation at the Paris World Conference when a man, who claims to be a friend of his grandfather’s, stops him and asks him about “Landsberg”. Since this is a family secret, Newman says nothing and continues on his way.
Dr. Newman’s presentation reveals that he has discovered a way to recover and transmit memories from a dead or damaged brain using microscopic robots. Though many are astonished at his evidence of footage from a dying German soldier’s brain, Newman receives grave criticism for him showcasing the murder of a Holocaust victim. Newman explains that the strongest memories are the easiest to extract.
When Newman returns home, he finds that someone has delivered a box to him – a box containing his grandfather’s journal and reference to the “Landsberg” – the family plot to murder Hitler while he was still imprisoned in Landsberg prison. Newman is baffled by the coincidences but does not have time to follow up because days later he is in the South Pacific on a mission for the CIA examining Kronos – a sphere-like entity – that appears to have captured images from man’s history.
As Newman and the Kronos team attempt to crack the codes that unlock the mysterious message behind the entity’s images, Newman is drawn into a perilous, time-altering journey that could save, or destroy, his world.
Collaborating authors Edward Miller and J.B. Manas present an intricate, multi-faceted plot that brings together themes of time travel, parallel worlds, and man’s humanity (or lack thereof). Though time-travel concepts can sometimes be hard to wrap your head around, the authors manage to present the concepts of time travel relatively clearly, although sometimes the explanations are heavily driven by dialogue. The mostly grammatically clean and tight writing, pacing and well-organized chapters leave cliffhangers make for a fast-paced and suspenseful read.
Though the cast does not deter from the intriguing storyline, protagonist Jacob Newman is not as multi-faceted as the plot and could use a little more development in some areas. Though his appreciation of his family is part of his transformation, his love for them is a little contrived to make the plot work. He is either too nonchalant about his wife and her chemotherapy or overly sentimental about them, depending on the plot. The portrayal of Lauren Fox, the female team member, and Beez, the comic relief, are also a bit shallow and stereotypical, dragging down an otherwise strong plot.
Most intriguing is perhaps the descriptions of the past, the well-depicted street scenes and the meshing of fact and fiction about Hitler and his followers and the terror and they inflicted. In these scenes Newman’s character comes alive as he anguishes over his options with the knowledge and opportunities he has been given.
THE KRONOS INTERFERENCE twists facts and fiction into a heady and provocative adventure about time travel and humanity.
Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader