A soldier travels back in time to prevent the 9/11 attacks and save his wife’s life in debut author Todd’s first sci-fi thriller in a duology.
On September 10, 2001, Maj. Kyle Mason, a sandy-haired, green-eyed, and chiseled U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, can’t believe his luck: “He was newly wed to the most beautiful woman on the planet, and he was at the zenith of his career.” His 35-year-old wife, Padma Mahajan, a few years his senior, is the vice president of a Wall Street investment bank with offices in the World Trade Center. After the next day’s disastrous events, Kyle’s life is torn asunder; grief-stricken, he spirals downward into depression and resigns his commission. Then, in 2008, Gen. Aaron Craig asks him, “Major, what if you could change everything?” Kyle, reinstated as a lieutenant colonel, soon joins a secret research project in Nevada that’s been operating for decades. Scientists have constructed a time machine, and the project’s mission is to avert the 9/11 attacks by assassinating the hijackers before they can carry out their plan. Although Kyle and his partner, Col. Annika Wise, are highly prepared, they face unexpected difficulties on the mission, which takes a surprising turn. Todd grippingly conjures a what-if time-travel scenario that’s unusually believable. His time machine’s origin and development have a strong, plausible basis, and his characters’ backstories and personalities provide realistic motivations. The research project also makes a thorough case for choosing 9/11 as a vital historical inflection point—not only because of attacks’ impact, but also because the activities and locations of the hijackers before the events are well known. As the main characters carry out their exciting mission and remake history, readers will find it intensely satisfying, and the cliffhanger ending promises new thrills to come.
A compelling premise that’s strengthened by solid scientific explanations, well-rounded characters, and nail-biting suspense.