Passport to Terror

Passport to Terror by Christy Cooper-Burnett starts with Jim Taylor discovering how to travel through time. He builds a time machine in his basement. Madison Taylor, his daughter, becomes the owner of the patent when her parents die under suspicious circumstances. Madison deliberates for some time before setting up the Taylor Travel Group in 2032 Los Angeles for time-traveling holidays.

When movie director Derek Porter and his team sign on for a research trip to 1888 London, the famous actress Alysha Beck insists on joining the team. She has an air of entitlement that results in several misfortunes and, ultimately, her death in the year 1888. For the Taylor Travel Group, things go from bad to worse. On top of having a client die in the past, a dangerous villain has escaped from his own timeline. Jack the Ripper is now loose in Los Angeles in the year 2032.

Passport to Terror presents an engaging story without getting too wrapped up in high-level science. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s flippant about the potential risks associated with time travel. The author has given a lot of thought to the rules under which a time-traveling company would have to operate to preserve the timeline. It does mean that, although time travel allows the plot to unfold, the plot is not about the time travel itself; rather, time travel is secondary to the human story being told.

The dramatic story combines the science fiction and murder mystery genres, expertly utilizing some tropes from both. However, I feel it would have benefited from a more pronounced mystery. Still, the drama and adventure are exciting and engaging and keeps the reader captivated as they hunt down Jack the Ripper.

Passport to Terror is a suspenseful science fiction novel with a unique sense of adventure and an enthralling murder mystery at its core. This gripping story mixes historical and futuristic elements in a way that gives a refreshing feel to the ‘serial killer on the loose’ trope. Readers will not be disappointed in this action-filled drama.

Pages: 244 | ASIN : B09ZVQRMQL

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Posted on May 25, 2022, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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