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Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite
Walter Stephen Geeding’s Endless Times–Volume One: The Path of Kokopelli is an adventure and science fiction novel set in the south of the United States. Jim and Jack have been lifelong friends. One day, they find a secluded cabin full of gold and try to steal it. But while running away with the treasure, cops appear out of nowhere and begin shooting. However, the deputies disappear after putting the gold back, and everything returns to normal. Later, they find letters that reveal that the cabin is unique—the cabin is time travelling! The information given in the letters allows the men to go on different missions at different times across the world. They begin their daring journey in New Mexico with the help of the god of fortune, Kokopelli. However, when they return to the present, the cabin is about to be sold. Will they be able to save it and their mission?
Walter Geeding seamlessly infuses Spanish culture into the narrative, giving it an approach rooted in a colourful tradition. The time travel background revealed through letters makes the narrative style unique. Also, the suspense around their dangerous excursions is consistent from the beginning to the end. The men are amateurs at what they’re doing and thus run into trouble often, which riddles the plot with light humour and thrills. The writing is descriptive and image-provoking, where ordinary situations become extraordinary through the infusion of fantasy. The friendship between Jim and Jack is solid, pulling the reader further into their interactions with one another and how they solve their problems. Jack is impulsive and Jim is pragmatic; thus, both the characters balance the plot commendably. Because they are the protagonists, they have been fleshed out with relatable and honest backstories. The short stories introduced within the letters add emotional depth to the plot because now the missions Jack and Jim embark on have a significant reason. Readers of science fiction, adventure and epistolary fiction will enjoy The Path of Kokopelli.