Along Came Revenge

True Time Book 2

Fiction - Thriller - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2020
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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite

Tess Manchester’s Along Came Revenge is about the adventures of a time-hacking cop named Blake Parsons. U.S. Marshal Blake was getting settled in her new life as a teacher, away from danger and away from the adrenaline rush she used to feel in the field. She and her girlfriend Naomi were now planning to settle down and start a new life together in peace. However, just as Blake was getting settled, their plans for a normal future were suddenly put on hold when a fugitive that Blake caught from the past made bail. He was now determined to hunt her down, putting her loved ones in harm’s way. With the help of her unique gift which altered the past, Blake tries to keep the people she cares about safe. Will she be able to stop the sadistic criminal and handle the consequences brought by changing the past?

Along Came Revenge is a well-written, engaging piece that will leave you on the edge of your seat with every page turned. The story was explained smoothly and so convincingly that it also made me wonder if my déjà vu moments were the effects of someone going back in time. I felt really nervous when Blake would go back in time; the consequences of her power were heavy and if I were in her shoes I would have freaked out or bawled my eyes out after altering time. I also felt heartbroken at times. I took a liking to Bridgeton’s character because he was always there and he always believed in Blake. The characters of this book were so unique and realistic that I couldn’t help but be drawn in. Overall, Tess Manchester’s Along Came Revenge is a brilliant piece. It was definitely worth the read! Great work!

Lit Amri

“Just as she’s been getting settled into her new life, her past has returned to haunt her.” U.S. Marshal Blake Parsons no longer works in the field and is ready to settle down with girlfriend Naomi. Everything seems perfect until a criminal she locked up has made bail and is hell-bent on making her suffer. Using her ability to change the past, Blake's determined to keep her loved ones safe yet her actions have consequences that even she can't prevent. Along Came Revenge is the second book from the True Time series by Tess Manchester.

"Pivoting through time, getting second chances to change the outcome of events." How many of us crave such ability? The story concept is fascinating and as a fan of time-travel tales, contemporary or otherwise, Tess Manchester has creatively used this popular element in the True Time series. It’s exciting but apprehensive as well as Blake tries to change the outcome of every event that sways into her enemy's favor. Timestamps become the central point for readers to follow a plot that has different outcomes as the protagonist tries to stop the cunning criminal and his accomplices. The narrative is engaging and straightforward, maintaining suspense and raising the stakes at the right time. Blake is an easy character to root for and Naomi's inquisitiveness and yearning for the truth propel the story more. A commendable Book 2 from Manchester, both fans of the series and newcomers will find Along Came Revenge entertaining. I look forward to reading the next installment, Beneath the Snowfall.

Edith Wairimu

In Tess Manchester’s thriller, Along Came Revenge (True Time Book 2), a U.S. Marshal moves fast to protect the people she cares about while trying to stop a dangerous fugitive. When U.S. Marshal Blake Parsons is notified that Vincent “Vinny” Craft, a criminal she had apprehended, has been released on bail, she realizes he will be coming for her or anyone close to her. Despite her quick attempts, Vinny catches up with her. At every turn, Blake uses her ability to hack time to re-strategize and make new plans but Vincent always appears one step ahead of her. Blake’s past in the army is tarnished by serious errors; however, they are overshadowed by her outstanding achievements. As both sides clash, Blake realizes she is fighting more than one enemy.

The highlight in Along Came Revenge for me was the conflict within. Blake is skilled, courageous and possesses a supernatural ability while Vincent runs a widespread criminal organization and has friends willing to stand with him, even against the law. Blake’s ability to access particular periods in time added another fascinating twist to the novel. She is also a realistic heroine. Her career is imperfect but her devotion to her work and her commitment to protecting others are her other exceptional qualities. The novel is fast-paced throughout which makes it even more thrilling. Things happen fast and lives are lost. The stakes are high and Blake has to harness everything in her power to defeat her powerful rival. Along Came Revenge by Tess Manchester is an amazing novel with a captivating storyline.