Time Lies

The Cognizant Awakens

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
284 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2020
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Author Biography

Mario Diana was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy longer ago than he cares to think about.

He sharpened his skills in molecular biology, medicine, and surgery but now spends his time with his family and writing stories he hopes you will love.

He lives in Plano, TX with his wife Debra, their three children, and a very skinny dog named Indy 500. She’s that fast.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

Time Lies: The Cognizant Awakens by Mario Diana is a time travel novel that takes the genre into previously unexplored territory. The story follows a small crew on board a craft that sails through time, landing in different centuries on command. A timepiece from the future ends up in the wrong century. The crew of the ship, Captain Marcus, First Officer Jay, and the ship’s computer called EOS attempt the task of retrieving the artifact in hopes of preventing a time loop from happening. A simple task quickly becomes overly complicated when the timepiece is found by a beautiful girl named Aurelia. Jay has every kind of hi-tech equipment available to him to retrieve the artifact but he is still vastly unprepared for the strange attraction that he and Aurelia feel for each other.

I enjoyed Time Lies very much. It’s a pleasant combination of plausible science fiction and an old-fashioned love story. I like it when a book surprises me with its plot and that was certainly the case with Time Lies. Neither the science fiction nor the love story played out as I had expected, but the story elements all weaved together into a delightful thought-provoking conclusion. The characters are believable, diverse, and likable. The science fiction elements were especially fun to read. I was reminded of the types of spaceships and crews of such movies as Alien and Prometheus, scaled way down and brought to Earth, landing in lakes and lagoons, reminiscent of the ship in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is the beginning of a series called The Cognizant Series. Mario Diana's Time Lies does a fine job of setting the stage for what promises to be a roller coaster of cool science, intersecting timelines, and love that transcends the ages.