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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Time Terminus: Expect the Unexpected is a work of fiction in the science fiction and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author David Gittlin. This fascinating and concise novella follows protagonist Issac Templeton through a bizarre series of events that interrupt his normal life. Issac seems to have it all figured out between his great career practicing law in Florida and his beautiful strong-willed girlfriend with whom he’s trying to build a future, but it all goes pear-shaped when time travel, crime, and mystery knock upon his door. What results is an emotional and dramatic look at life through a psychological and speculative lens.
Author David Gittlin has crafted a superb novella that perfectly encapsulates the concepts it conveys with just the right pacing and tension. The relationship aspect, the psychological aspect, the mystery, and the background concepts at play are all given equal time to shine with a narrative that encourages gentle exposition without beating its readers over the head with huge chunks of prose. Gittlin has a keen sense for direct narrative and very telling character cues, so we know what Issac is about right from the off and we’re hooked in and keen to see how he faces each confusion and conflict that lands in his path. Overall, Time Terminus is a novella that handles the central concept of time travel well, with a logic that works in and of itself and an unpredictable plot that still feels satisfying and makes good sense at its conclusion. It is an accomplished work by a writer I'd love to read more of in the future.