Dennis Green has written a very entertaining book in “Traveler,” one that appeals beyond the science fiction genre where it started.
Karen Matibe, publisher of “Traveler” (Mbedzi Publishing, 308 pages, $26.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback), sees Green’s book as a thriller with sci-fi overtones. That’s exactly right.
The book will be of interest to readers of mysteries and police procedurals, as well as to those who enjoy TV shows where characters operate in the real world … except for one or two weird things.
Green does a good job of rounding out his main characters — you’ll like Trav and Sam and the psychic Morgan, in most of their incarnations — and in putting brisk, entertaining words in their mouths.
What I admire most about the book, though, is how Green weaves in the science, knowing just how much to tell before letting the reader breathe or laugh. I also like the clever shorthand he invented to keep the characters straight in their multiple “streams.”
At the core of the book is the intriguing notion of how even small changes in the past could have altered our current reality. What would have happened had we taken another branch in the road, had we moved one place instead of another, had we not joined a writing group?
Sign me up for the sequel.