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Review: Syncing Forward

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It is my great pleasure to review Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence for the Worldwind Virtual Book Tour!

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SYNOPSIS

Would you ever travel forward in time if you knew it was a one-way trip?

Mr. Martin James has no such desire, but after being injected with a mysterious drug against his will, Martin hurtles through the years. This cruel twist of fate forces him to watch his children grow up and his wife grow old in a matter of days. Only an elusive group of scientists have the ability to stop his nightmarish journey; the very people who injected him in the first place. And while Martin James hopes to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

W. Lawrence weaves a future history filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man’s love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

W Lawrence was born in San Francisco, California, and moved two dozen times before settling in Pennsylvania with his extraordinarily patient wife and two precocious daughters. He wants a boy dog. He works in the world of corporate security as an investigator and professional interviewer/interrogator.WLawrence

Lawrence is obsessed with 5K zombie runs, comes home empty-handed from hunting turkeys, and loves non-fiction books about pirates. He has no problem reconciling that his two favorite shows are Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.

FOX’S THOUGHTS

This book was an absolute thrill from start to finish! W. Lawrence’s keen wit combined with the roller coaster of events will keep you turning its pages. I became attached to the narrator, Martin James, early on so it was easy to cling tightly to this story. I was eager for each and every new development, and believe me there were many! Each new character, regardless of their level of impact on the story, felt complete and authentic. Important characters to the central plot line and to Martin himself got complete descriptions both physically and otherwise, which only intensified and expanded as the story progressed and changed. Beyond the characters themselves, I loved how many incredibly quotable and strong lines were woven throughout the book.

“I kept telling myself it wasn’t my fault to the sound of weeping families”

Doesn’t that line almost give you chills? I LOVE IT! On top of being an entertaining read and having W. Lawrence’s unique writing style to boot, Syncing Forward has an incredibly different concept. Watching time move along without you as the effect of a mystery drug? I can’t say that I have seen that one before – or anything similar! The idea is made even more unique by adding in the fact that Martin is not just trapped in time, but instead his body is slowing down at the cellular level. How is that for some intense, sci-fi thrille mind bending? Martin can’t age normally, heal normally when he is injured, and is unable to communicate regularly/in a normal fashion with his family for varying periods of time for years. It’s a nightmare for all involved, and the reader gets to spend that time with Martin as he struggles to cope and dreads the future that is ahead of him.

Overall, the novel flowed well despite all of it’s multiple facets. There were a few rough patches of transition, but a savvy reader should be able to navigate and recover from those fairly quickly after they get their bearings. The good part is that W. Lawrence’s writing is so descriptive that it is easy to pick up, even if you aren’t exactly sure where you left off.

Without disclosing anything about the plot (I would be doing both you and the novel a disservice; I don’t think I can do it justice) I will finish my review by assigning a numerical score. I don’t like to evaluate books in this fashion generally, but I think that the numbers in this case will speak for themselves.

In the area of Entertainment I give Syncing Forward a 5 of 5. The constant shift of my concern between Martin and his family would have ensured that, even if there were not elements of a thriller novel, a dystopian future, new technology, and sorts of espionage.

In the area of Originality I give Syncing Forward a 5 of 5. I have never read anything quite like this, and I mean that in the best possible way.

I give W. Lawrences Writing Style5 of 5 as well. I am a collector of quotes generally, and this novel was *full* of excellent samples. It was clear to me that great care was put into word choice in addition to the careful planning that surely went into the plot of the novel.

On the measure of Character & Scene Description I give a score of 5 of 5 also. W. Lawrence does a wonderful job of immersing the reader fully in the world he has created for the poor James family to live in.

Due to the few briefly disorienting transitions I could only justify giving Syncing Forward4 of 5 on the measure of Ease of Reading, but I would by no means advise any reader to let this alone dissuade them from looking at this excellent book!

THE IMPORTANT STUFF

So where can you get this wonderful book?  It’s available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook , through iBooks, and as a paperback.

If you’d like to find out more about the author check his website, twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

You can see more stops on the Worldwind Virtual Book Tour for Syncing Forward or check out Worldwind Virtual Book Tours yourself.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

As a promotion, W. Lawrence has arranged a giveaway to go alongside of the book tour! You can enter to win the fabulous prizes listed and shown below.

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SAW 10th Anniversary – October 31, 2014 – Gores Truly Contest

We know there are fans of the Saw films out there and maybe a few would-be fans should they actually watch the flicks. Some of the MurderHers actually experienced the brutality of Saw in theaters a decade ago. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the very first Saw falling on October 31, 2014, Gores Truly is holding a contest. We’re asking readers to write a review of Saw - if you haven’t seen it, you have a chance to do so in theaters before the contest deadline! We’ll post all of the submitted reviews to Facebook but highlight the winner in a dedicated post on GoresTruly.com. Note: You do not have to like a film to give an adequate review of it.

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What Can You Win?

This awesome cult classic Jigsaw Killer action figure by  NECA and Lionsgate.

And a little bit of Gores Truly webspace to feature your personal thoughts about the film.

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How You Can Win It?

Write a short (200-250 word) review of the original Saw film.

E-mail it to boris@gorestruly.com.

Provide your name as you would like it to appear for Gores Truly to credit your review.

The MurderHers will judge reviews, place a vote for their favorite, and provide details why the review won.

Contest Rules and Disclaimers

One entry per person. Please e-mail your review, 200 – 250 words, to boris@gorestruly.com Winner will be contacted at contest’s end and will be required to send shipping address for prize. If winner cannot be contacted within one week of the close of the contest, a new winner will be chosen. Contestants must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other social networking site or website with the exception of GoresTruly.com. Contest begins the time this article is posted on October 20th, 9:00 AM EST and runs until 11:59 PM EST November 2nd.

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