A town called Discovery
Narrator Carl Prekopp
A new time-travel thriller from Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Amazon & Audible bestselling author, RR Haywood. Creator of the smash-hit time travel series – Extracted and the UK’s #1 Horror Series, The Undead
“A man falls from the sky. He has no memory. He has no sense of self. What lies ahead are a series of tests. Each more brutal than the last, and if he gets through them all, he might just reach A Town Called Discovery”
RR Haywood’s time-travel/computer simulation mash up is a very enjoyable read, if a little flawed in places and a slight let down with character development.
The book jumps straight out of the blocks with a grotesquely fascinating time loop. A man falls from the air, smashes into the sea and dies…. again, he is falling, hits the sea and dies. His life is ended countless times in more and more gruesome ways as he travels through the “circuit” All the time being watched and taunted by a sadistic stranger.
The first part of this book runs at a furious pace leaving the listener with a troupe of unanswered questions. With such a fast pace I was initially unaware of how gory this book truly is. Even if you are not into gore the book drags you from moment to moment with truly little time to process what has just happened.
R.R. Haywood is so good at this, vividly painting pictures in the listers minds while using expert choreography in his action sequences and what sounds very much like screenplay dialogue.
Carl Prekopp’s delivery of the dialogue is superb, his choice of accent brilliant, and adds real depth to the two opening characters. His use of pace and rhythm paired with Haywood’s repetitious dialog really adds a sense of urgency. All in all, I think the narrator did a really good job.
If only the book carried on this way, alas no. All though still enjoyable to read the book starts to lose its way, and there is confusion whether the characters exist in a computer simulation or travel in time, because I am not sure it can be both. I Like my Sci-fi books to be based at least loosely on actual science or scientific theories, this is where A town called Discovery comes a little unstuck.
I tried to put aside the time travel/computer simulation paradox, to just enjoy the story, and again I felt a little disappointed. I was so looking forward to seeing how the main character, who has gone through unimaginable torture would develop. What type of person would be left after that? Hired muscle, that’s R. R. Haywood’s answer. The main character is placed into a team with a “smart/leader” one, “charismatic/handsome” one and a “hard/fighting” one. In a way that made me think of the A-Team (which I do actually like) or other crappy “Get the team together” films. The plot then settles into a Problem/Task…. Use your particular skills as a group…. get the task done, yay! Wash and repeat. As much as I loved Haywood’s descriptions of action and fight scenes, they did become repetitive and fairly predictable
The relationship between the sadistic stranger and the main protagonist is still interesting, and on more then one occasion made me laugh out loud, but also mumble “what the fuck?!” This story line kept me interested right to the end. Few of the other characters made me feel …. Well anything, they made me laugh from time to time, but I never felt any connection to them. Maybe this was due to the intense situations I had been through with the main character and the sadistic stranger, but occasionally I found the other characters to be an obstruction to the story line between the main two.
The book continues to chug along at a pace usually associated with action movies and is just as much fun. As the story starts to lack in the middle of the book, Carl Prekopp’s narration keeps you going, all through this book I can not fault his narration.
The end of the book is ok… intriguing, but not the best. I would not quite call it a cliff hanger; the story however is not over. I do not mind finishing a book with unanswered questions, as long as I feel like I have worked somethings out. This book however left me with many questions and scant few answers, if any.
I would recommend this book to people (I did, I recommended it to Joe). The first part of this book is amazing, so good. It was just a shame the author could not maintain this right through to the end, if this is the start of a series of books, with the ending as it was, I am sure it is. I will listen to the next book 100%. As I really want to get to know the main character even more. I just hope Haywood also wants to delve deep into this character and really find what is left after all that torture. I would say this book is fun (if you don’t mind gore), fast paced and very funny in parts.