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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Time travel, mind games, a secret foundation and greedy men add up to quite an adventure in Kronos Duet by Aldous Richards. Gareth Pugh and his daughter Adrianna become caught up in time travel through the lives of dead relatives and other people of the past. Adrianna is searching for her father’s love and companionship and Gareth is trying to find the origin of life and thought; God, if that’s where it all began. With the stimulus of an Amazonian plant, Anis, Gareth has learned how to travel the cosmos through time and space. This has been under the supervision of Dr. Buckleigh from an elite foundation that does not want the status quo challenged. Buckleigh is driven to extreme measures when Gareth sneaks away in his time travel and sends Cabot Greenaway to end the threat. Greenaway’s infatuation with Adrianna creates a new dynamic and changes the course of action so that the entire operation becomes unglued. Will Adrianna find the love she wants to share with her father and family or will she be lost to the winds of time and the lust of Greenaway?
This is a unique science fiction read because there is no external device to drive the action. The extent of Gareth and Adrianna’s psychic travels depends on the ingestion of Anis, a made up plant that allows the taker to jump to other dimensions and exist within other people. Although frequently vague or even confusing, the descriptions are poetic and definitely moving and there is tremendous depth to the emotions felt by Adrianna. As much a psychological study as a science fiction story, Kronos Duet by Aldous Richards combines the past and present, computer technology and the power of the human brain to explore the bounds of the inner space of the mind and the vastness of the universe.