Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Phil’s job is full of danger and excitement most of the time, and he trusts his partner with his life. Until Ryan kisses him. It’s a diversion tactic to convince the heavies they’re two harmless gays, but that kiss shakes Phil’s world to its foundations. He doesn’t do commitment, doesn’t need or want a long-term lover, but that’s what his heart is reaching for.
Drifting in and out of a dream-haunted coma, trapped in his wrecked car waiting for rescue, he’s sharing a parallel life. Many centuries ago, someone is trying to kill Caius Marcellus Niger. Phil must find out who and why before they succeed. But he’s alone. No partner, no backup, and nothing is the way it seems.
Paradox is a twisty little story that will leave you questioning whether Phil was dreaming or not. Regardless of the answer, I enjoyed the delving into Phil’s psyche and the journey to his and Ryan’s happily ever after.
I enjoyed learning about Roman Britain as it’s a location I had never thought about before. Generally, stories I read in this time period are set in Rome or Greece not the British Isles. I forgot how Bath came by its name and the fact that there are temples and other ancient buildings still around.
The actual back and forth between present time and dream time was interesting; however I felt that there was something missing to completely tie one to the other. Though there is enough ambiguity to make you wonder at the source of the dreams (are they past happenings that he has tuned into or are they echoes of his present predicament brought to life by his psyche?) fitting either hypothesis to the situation felt like a stretch.
All in all, I enjoyed the story for its uniqueness and was satisfied by the conclusion. Both characters were interesting and I enjoyed getting both points of view. The pacing was even and it was a quick read.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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