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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
We can never change the things that we did or did not do in the past; we can only look back and wallow in regret. But what if you have the ability to go back and have the opportunity to make a difference or rectify matters? Agents of Fortune: Marisol's Window by Jeffrey Todd Evans presents an unlikely hero in Seth Bridges, a Shifter, someone who has the ability to time travel. In the beginning, Seth struggles to fathom the terms and conditions that go with his ability: you start as a regular person, the power then manifests when you turn fifty, and then you go back in time to when you were only ten and repeat that timeline. As soon as you turn fifty for the second time, you shift a half-century into the future. It does not stop there as the whole process repeats itself. His purpose as a Shifter is to advance technology. When he inherits a box ornately adorned with Greek symbols and with no visible latch or keyhole, he soon realizes that he holds the future contained in that box. Cloned assassins will try to kill him, while the Soul Breaker Virus threatens to take hold.
Agents of Fortune sounds like serious, heavy science fiction; however, Evans shows not only a humorous touch in his narrative but also a lighthearted take on the concept of time loops. Time travel is a common theme in books and films, but this work transcends the conventional as it is about a character who is preoccupied with his past and compares his realities to others. This is Seth’s distinguishing flaw as a protagonist. The story gains depth as he realizes his purpose and the consequences of his choice. As you read along, it makes you ponder: If you continuously repeat the timeline of your existence, would you choose to live forever, and will it have a significant impact on the timeline? It is a moral question that Agents of Fortune attempts to answer. Time travel is still far from feasible, but we have this kind of novel to read that makes the concept so exciting.