In Times Like These

In Times Like These We broke something How do you break time Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted What s worse he and his friends have woken up in the past As th

  • Title: In Times Like These
  • Author: Nathan Van Coops
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  • Page: 455
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  • We broke something How do you break time Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted What s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past As the friends search for a way home, they realize they re not alone There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead When Ben meets an enigmatic scien We broke something How do you break time Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted What s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past As the friends search for a way home, they realize they re not alone There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

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    About “Nathan Van Coops”

    1. Nathan Van Coops

      Nathan Van Coops lives in St Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens and contends that there is such a thing as dressy flip flops He is the author of three time travel adventure novels In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never You can also check out his sci fi sky pirate adventure, Faster Than Falling.Get free books from Nathan at nathanvancoops

    329 thoughts on “In Times Like These”

    1. Totally Awesome! Perhaps the best time travel book I've ever read. And it is Van Coops' first!Realistically developed plot and characters. The tale draws us in by both its mundane nature and the true-to-life way the characters react to their impossible situation. Van Coop builds his plot in stages, often teetering on the brink of techno-babble or boredom only to shove his characters--and the reader--off in some unforeseen direction. A flawed and very human protagonist. Tension builds as every at [...]


    2. Imagine that you and a few friends get electrocuted in a lightning storm and suddenly find yourselves in 1985. Where would you sleep for the night? What would you do to try to get back to your home time? “It’s an odd feeling to be thinking of a specific time as being home, but [Benjamin realizes] more and more how much it matters to [him] to be in the same flow of time as [all his] friends.” Just when it seems that Benjamin and his friends are hopelessly stuck in a year of big hair and leg [...]


    3. This has been such an amazing ride. As a big time travel fan, i have to say, this has become one of my favorite time travel novels. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the story; fast paced action back mind boggling time travel adventure! If a time travel story does not give you a bit of a headache then you know it's not a "time travel" one. The character development was done perfectly and the main theme of the story "friendship" is what made the novel stand out. There was only a little bi [...]


    4. If I'm dead tired, but I want to read another chapter to find out what happens, I know I'm reading a good book. If I find myself thinking about the storyline while I'm at work, it's a good book (or a slow day at work). If I finish the book and yearn for more, it's a good book.The structure, character development and plot were all well thought out, but it must have been a nightmare to make all the elements gel, but, such is the nature of time travel. What I liked most was that this is a complete [...]


    5. I very much enjoyed this novel. The opening premise is a winner: accidental time travel. The author does a good job of introducing five distinct characters, and isn't at all afraid to torture them or let them off the hook. He's also done a considerable amount of very hard thinking to explain a plausible means of time travel - one which doesn't make it easy for the protagonists. This is a good page-turner and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author, as he's clearly someone who works [...]


    6. Other reviewers have said that although the book is slow during the first half to two-thirds, it picks up from there. I will never know. I sometimes read books that start slow, but only when the writing is pitch-perfect and the characters are truly interesting to me. This was not the case here. The time traveling characters in this book are oddly immature. They speak and behave as if they are much younger than their given ages of 24-26. In fact, a commentator on referred to the book in a group [...]


    7. I finally finished this book last night! The author did a great job wrapping everything up. But I admit, that even as a Time Travel (TT) enthusiast, I found myself quite befuddled while trying to keep the story straight amongst all the TT "rules". Don't get me wrong, some of the most important factors in a TT novel are the means of travel (eg. time machine, magic gem, meditation) and the rules! Can one travel to a time where he or she already exists? Do you need an object from the time you are t [...]


    8. This is a fun Time travel romp, that I could relate to easily. Being a 30 something myself and a child of the 80's it was fun to go back to 1985, however this book does not reference enough pop culture like unto Ready Player One. This book focuses on the action and also the science of the time travel. Some hard core techies may eat up the science behind it all, and I agree some explanation as to how is time travel possible is warranted, but as a reader there were times when the science and expla [...]


    9. At first glance, "In Times Like These" is just another time-travel caper. Look a little deeper, and you might concede that it's a time-travel caper with a slightly new slant: think "Back To The Future" meets "The Famous Five".However, once the story gets going, it's clear that Nathan Van Coops has come up with an entirely new and engaging take on time travel. In even the very best stories on time travel, the act itself usually involves merely pushing a button or pulling a lever. Pick your date, [...]


    10. I've not read a Time Travel adventure quite like this one before. It covers a timespan of no more than 25 recent years, and occurs for the most part (with notable exceptions) in the state of Florida, the home of the five accidental travelers. Their mentor, Dr. Harold Quickly, has apparently taken Time Travel far beyond the theoretical to develop the science and mechanics for practical application. The author did well in combining this imaginative science within a story of reachable scope. We get [...]



    11. Ever since I saw Back To The Future, as a kid, I have loved pretty much anything to do with time travel, so when I read the synopsis for this book and also heard all of the positive feedback it was getting, I just had to buy it. IN TIMES LIKE THESE is the first book in a planned trilogy (the second book was recently released) and it tells the story of 5 friends in the year 2009 who are caught in the perfect storm of chance circumstances as they are struck by lightning simultaneously and are sent [...]


    12. WoW!I loved this time-travel story so much and it is so unexpected! Honestly if I had known this book was so good I would have read it much earlier.I loved the plot, the characters and the scientific aspect and dynamics of time travel are very coherent and actually make perfect sense. Now that I am done reading this book I am left with a desire for more of it. Congratulations to the author for this great book!


    13. I'm so used to free books being clunkers that this totally surprised me. Cleverest of time travel tales, no typos to irk me, and if there were continuity issues, who could tell with such a mess of parallel time streams going on? Really a fun adventure and obviously, a ton of thought went into it. Big thumbs up.


    14. THIS is how your write authentic time travel mystery/adventure. The tiniest science detail checks out and yet nowhere did I get the feeling that I was drowning under an info dump. I was rooting for every single character (that I was supposed to care about, *points at villains* you know who you are!) and everything was super awesome! The back and forth and the pulling out of the rug from under me and the tears and the laughs and UGH! You sir, have done well! I think this is easily one of the best [...]


    15. 5 Stars Gimmick free story telling that makes for a fun and easy read.I love a time travel story that's done well. The premise of this one is solid. The method of traveling is non-gimmicky with enough science pulled in to let you buy into the logistics, and the ensemble cast of characters are believable. When the story starts off with Ben, Carson, Robbie, and Blake playing in a softball game, I mentally groaned and thought, "No I don't really feel like following a bunch of jocks through time." W [...]


    16. What a fun, well thought out time travel book!There was just enough of the “science” explained that I felt the technology was credible and the plot was full of twists and turns… in fact, a couple of times, when I felt I had found a “hole” in the story, it turned out to have just been a paradox or otherwise explained later.In this story, five friends accidentally get yanked from 2009 back to 1985. (In fact, this was one of the fun parts of the book… I was a teen/young adult in the ear [...]


    17. In Times Like These (ITLT) absolutely obliterated my mind in a good way.The cynic in me usually assumes a book with under 100 ratings and reviews with a greater than four star average rating somehow gained the rating based on reviews done by the author's family, close friends, or people excited to receive a free book. Since I am none of the aforementioned, and since I'm also a very picky reader, I can safely guarantee that this book deserves the high average rating it has on and . ITLT was bril [...]


    18. Three stars mean this is a good read, but it will be the plot that I remember and not the characters. The accidental movement through time when a storm hits during an experiment/baseball game was viable and how it played out with the arrival of additional characters was good. There were some editing issues. I also experienced times when I felt there was a lot the author knew about a character which would have given me more reason to connect and care, but the development just wasn't there. I actu [...]


    19. I love a good adventure story and sci-fi elements along with romantic potential even better. In Times Like These I found the characters to be very relatable and also inspiring. I don't know for sure if I would be as courageous in the situations they encountered. I enjoyed the first person narration immensely and felt connected with the main character. After a few chapters of setting up the premise I felt sucked into the story and had to keep reading to find out what happens much later into my be [...]


    20. I really enjoyed this book. What an intresting take on time travel. In Times Like These begins at a rained out baseball game, a small yet unique detail that was just one of the many imbued in the story.My favorite element was the trajectory of the story; with so many options it semed any ending was possible.I should quickly say I also enjoyed the small mention of Back to the Future in the early chapters. It not only put a big nostalgic grin on my face but also let my imagination run wild with po [...]


    21. "I lost track of my age some years ago. Now when people want to know, I simply ask them how old they think I am, then congratulate them on their accuracy." - Excerpt from the journal of Dr. Harold Quickly, 2105I picked up this book on a whim, and I really enjoyed it! It's well-written, suspenseful, and fun. And, now I have a great yearning to travel backwards in time, so I could meet younger versions of my relatives! The story centers on Ben and his friends, who find themselves unexpectedly tran [...]


    22. I don't even have the words to say how much I enjoyed this book. I read it without knowing too much about it aside from the fact that it was a time travel novel (which admittedly, is usually enough to sell me on a book). I found it to be well-written and entertaining a real page-turner (or Kindle-tapper, as the case may be). By the time I got to the last quarter of the book, I had to put everything else on hold while I read. I couldn't wait to see how it turned out. All in all, I would highly re [...]


    23. The first time travel book I ever read was "The Door Into Summer" by Robert A Heinlein. I was seven or eight at the time. Many time tales have since come and gone, some to be tossed aside, some re-read a time or two, and a few kept on my bookshelves as old friends to visit often. "In Times Like These" By Nathan Van Coops will take its place beside my old friends. It is that "sit down, page turning, and don't stop until it's done" good. Excellent work in plot, pace, character development, intrigu [...]


    24. As a real Time Travel fan I must say that this was quite different and satisfying to read.Benjamin Travers and his young friends get eloctrocuted and thrown back into the 1980's, where they meet a Time travel scientist and his daughter, all of whom are trying to escape a murderer who similarly got beamed back.The interaction between the characters is good and you care about what happens to them.The time travel is fairly hectic and whizzes back and forth, with incidents occurring left,right and c [...]


    25. This is a fun time travel book, but is technical enough to make you believe it could be real! The characters are well thought out and described, and there is a little mystery and drama thrown in, along with the big question "Will this group of friends make it back to their original time? And will anything be changed because of the things that they did in the past times?!" I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys time travel or is just up for a fun and exciting read!


    26. Sci-Fi time travel has been done to death so it's especially refreshing to see Nathan Van Coops bring something new to the genre with 'In times like these'. Fellow time travelers are dying mysteriously so it's up to Ben (who wandered into time travel accidentally) to solve the problem. It's nice to have a likable protagonist and the little chapter heading quotes are very fun. Check it out - I'll bet you enjoy this one.


    27. For full disclosure I received the book for free through First Reads.This is one of my most favorite books. I feel as though I'm in the book and connect with the characters. I love Ben and Mr. Cameron. The story has so many surprises that surprised me! I absolutely can't wait for the next book to come out. I highly recommend this to anyone. :D


    28. Phenomenal. One of the best books I have read in awhile. Wonderful plot, incredibly thought provoking. I got so wrapped into this book that I stayed up reading it. Fantastic. Won via Giveaway.


    29. I LOVED IT.Everything about this books is awesome. It's a new and great concept of time travel,and I can't wait to read more of it. All the hurdles to stay alive in this job :D Actually I was crying for more when i finished the book :(


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