Review - Paradox Bound by Peter Clines @PeterClines @CrownPublishing

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Date Read: November 14, 2017
Length: 384 pages
Source: Blogging for Books
An ingenious, irresistible new time-travel thriller from the author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series

Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?

So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
My Review

This book was seriously fun!  I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it described as a time-travel thriller.  I was completely entertained by the story from the first page.  When I wasn't actually reading the book, I was thinking about how this kind of time travel would work.  I am so glad that I made the decision to read this exciting story.

This book is told from Eli's point of view.  We first meet Eli as a child and see him as he first encounters Harry.  As a teenager, he comes across this same individual with her Model A Ford once again.  After their third meet when Eli is an adult, he decides to find Harry so that he can warn her that she may be in danger.  That is when Eli's life take a dramatic turn as he learns about people traveling through history.

I loved the time travel, or history travel, described in this book.  There are two groups of people traveling through time.  One group is searching for the American Dream while the other group is trying to stop them.  The skip through time just by finding specific slick spots in the road that lead to a specific time period.  Some towns are stuck in time while others have slick spots leading to many periods.  The faceless men were also very interesting.  The whole idea of their certainty gave me something to ponder as I went through my day.  Who need eyes, a nose, a mouth, or a face when you have certainty?  I was very glad that we were able to get a bit of perspective from this unique group.

The biggest strength of this book was that it was just a lot of fun.  There were a lot of exciting scenes and enough mystery to keep me guessing.  I thought that the whole concept of the story was well thought out and incredibly original.  I also really appreciated the fact that the characters didn't get sidetracked with romance.   Eli and Harry are simply working together to find the lost Dream.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a really fun and exciting read filled with great characters.  This is the kind of story that almost feels like it should be made into a movie or television show. I look forward to reading more from Peter Clines soon.

I received a review copy of this book from Crown Publishing via Blogging for Books and NetGalley.
About the Author

PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of the Ex-Heroes series, 14, and The Fold. He lives in Southern California.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Oh very nice premise. since you like it I might be interest

  2. I do think he is a new to me author...still nt sure since I suck with names

  3. oh I didn't realize this was a time travel kind of book :D this sounds like a lot of fun, I'll add it to my list so I can check it out next time I am book buying

  4. Oh that does sound quite interesting.

  5. This does sound interesting. It is the first I am hearing about this one. Great review Carole.

  6. Sounds really interesting! & I always love a book that makes you think about the story when you put aside. :)

    1. I do love a book that stays in my mind and makes me think.

  7. This does sound fun! I love books involving time travel. I will be adding this to my wish list. Thanks for your great review!

    1. I loved how they traveled through time. It was a little different.

  8. I saw the cover of this one and intrigued me so much that I had to read the review! I am glad you could enjoy this one so much, and the time travel element to it as well. I think time travel is something so hard to get right, so seeing it done perfectly here and being a good inclusion in the story has me itching to read this.

    1. I would love to see what you think of this one, Olivia Savannah!


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