"Split Second" by Douglas E. Richards - A Personal Review
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Book Title : Split Second
Author : Douglass E. Richards
Publisher : Paragon Press
Publication Date : September 1, 2015
Page Length : 365 pages
Book in series : 1 of 2
Jenna Morrison is Nathan Wexler's fiancé, who is a physicist working on some ground breaking research. When Morrison comes back after a family visit, she and Wexler are kidnapper. When Wexler is killed in front of her, she makes an escape and tries to figure out why they were kidnapped in the beginning. When she discovers it has something to do with his latest discovery, she hires a private investigator, Aaron Blake, to help her figure out what Wexler had that was causing men to kill others to keep it for themselves. As they dive into this dangerous adventure, they learn some secrets the government has, as well as how Wexler's work not only broke ground for science advancements, but that it had already had real world applications that remained behind the scenes. With the concern of what his work could reveal and inspire other to do, Jenna, Blake, and others now have to decide what to do about Wexler's discovery and how do they keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
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Split Second was an overall thought provoking book with duplications of matter, how time travel could work and teleportation, I found it hard to put down. It brought a lot of good points up about many of things we all wonder about, like multiple time lines and if it was possible to travel in time how would this work and so on. It definitely kept my interest and raised some questions of my own, resulting in my own research project as well.
I was rather impressed on all the research Richards must have done on different theories to use in this book, and to be able to explain them in ways even young adults could understand easily made it all the better. To have a book that is both able to teach you about different subjects and still hold your interest without going dry from all the random facts thrown in, was truly an outstanding feat. I enjoyed the twists and turns while being able to try and guess what is going on myself. Needless to say it was hard to keep track of who was with who and where those people stood in relevance to the current problem. However, because of that is made it all more appealing to read. Nothing like a little suspense to keep the book moving along nicely.
I was surprised on how it wrapped up so nicely that I didn't feel like there should've been a second book created. However, even though it was wrapped up beautifully, making it feel complete, I did see that Richards was able to sneak in a few ideas for his characters to play with that could result in a second book, even if I felt this was not necessary. I loves how Richards was able to come up advancements we could only dream of and make them seem all too real. I can't help but ponder if some of the advancement mentioned in the book are real. Which brings me to how the book pointed that the government hid all kinds of things and that these advancements could be done in secrecy because of how the programs they ran would have unlimited resources to conduct such research projects. To see how this would work, though not thoroughly explained in the book, was still a nice touch.
I would recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in time travel and its possible complications. When the subject at hand is discussed in several perspectives, it isn't hard to see how something that we all dream of in one way or another could be so harmful to the universe and to our fellow mankind. It also gives some ideas in how it would work as well as what some of those ramifications would be. It was all so fascinating and thought provoking that I can see individuals taking this book having some solid debates on the subject. Though it does leave room for one to wonder if maybe this could really be happening and we just not have a clue about it at all.
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