Jigsaw: Powder Keg

An Adventure in Time and History

Fiction - Time Travel
192 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2023
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Reviewed by Tanja Jurkovic for Readers' Favorite

The first book in the Jigsaw series, Powder Keg, by David Alyn Gordon, follows a group of people, members of the Temporal Guardian Foundation, an organization whose job is to preserve history as it is, keep our reality intact and in check, and prevent this world from falling apart in the process. However, their opponents have a different plan in mind. Novus Ordo, a villainous organization, decides to start a secret operation titled Powder Keg all over Europe to create opportunities for themselves during and after World War I. Not one of them thought that their plans were going to be disrupted by the sudden appearance of Ahriman, the Devil himself, who has other plans for the human race...and the only ones who can stop this from happening are the members of the Temporal Guardian Foundation. Let the fight for this reality begin.

David Alyn Gordon transports us to different times in history with such ease that it feels more real than expected! His style of writing and the story itself invite the reader to be present in the moment as they're surrounded by some of the crucial events in history in front of their very eyes. The excitement that Gordon creates while building the plot is part of a captivating storyline that encompasses time and space, where characters, who are doing their best to act humanely and to stay alive in the process, find their destinies entwined. A slow-paced read that will pull you inside the familiar and pivotal parts of world history, offering information about what is going on every step of the way. It is an engaging story with a riveting approach to world history, time travel, teleportation, and human connection.

Miche Arendse

Jigsaw: Powder Keg by David Alyn Gordon is an immersive tale following the adventures of the Temporal Guardian Foundation, an organization with members from across space and time, in their efforts to stop the nefarious plans of the Novus Ordo. In their attempt to initiate Project Powder Keg, the Novus Ordo seek to establish themselves across the globe as the new world order leaders, and to do this they will gladly join hands with the devil himself. Focusing on the ideals and ambitions of the Novus Ordo, we see how this organization works in the background to alter various moments and incidents in history.

Jigsaw: Powder Keg by David Alyn Gordon is an intricately woven story that delves into various moments in human history. This book really reminded me of the many conspiracy theories about organizations that secretly run and dominate the world we live in and I feel that the author might have taken some inspiration from there. I found the book to be quite entertaining and enjoyed the various characters from different time periods. The book is fast-paced but with the information given in different scenarios and from characters, I feel that this was a good choice as it could have become overly wordy. Jigsaw: Powder Keg might be on the shorter side for a novel but it definitely doesn’t lack anything in terms of action, characters, and world-building. I think any lovers of adventure novels, especially those who enjoy time travel stories, would definitely enjoy this book.