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The Past Is The First Book In The VanWest Series, About An Enforcer Who Lives In A Dystopian Earth Of The YearAnd Works For An Authoritarian Ruler Called The Universal Council Tasked With Travelling Through Time To Stop A Renegade Sect, That Seeks To Change Earth S Past, He Comes To Learn About His Dark Origins And His Unique AbilityFalling In Love With The Daughter Of Its Leader, He Returns To The Present To Face A Difficult Choice, Whether Or Not To Save Her And Be Part Of The New Beginning


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  1. says:

    Sometimes you take a risk on a new author and it pays off As someone who has love for dystopian novels that focus on the underpinnings of society, I really enjoyed where the author went with this book The societal critique philosophy isn t so strong as to take away from the entertainment value I can tell that Kenneth Thomas really polished this piece of work as he doesn t run into the standard errors I see with sci fi and new authors in general which is to have clear blind spots In other w Sometimes you take a risk on a new author and it pays off As someone who has love for dystopian novels that focus on the underpinnings of society, I really enjoyed where the author went with this book The societal critique philosophy isn t so strong as to take away from the entertainment value I can tell that Kenneth Thomas really polished this piece of work as he doesn t run into the standard errors I see with sci fi and new authors in general which is to have clear blind spots In other words, when I read a new indie author I often see brushes of greatness in things such as prose, dialogue, and plot points, but they simply haven t put in the required polish necessary to produce a fully realized work This is forgivable, as even highly esteemed authors run into these issues within their less regarded works So, it s a pleasant surprise when a new author has been meticulous with putting together a book that is enjoyable without sacrificing substance, deep without being unnecessarily flashy or try hard with impressing the reader, for lack of a better term And this is coming from the sci fi genre no less, which though I enjoy it seems to provideleeway when it comes to saying incredible world building at the expense of dialogue and prose that falls flat What are you in for when you start reading A book that does the basics well Yes, you have a parallel society, time travel, and other standard sci fi elements But very quickly, the book puts you on your toes It starts to become a real page turner all without the standard cheap elements designed to move forward a plot It truly does feel like a fully realized world you can get lost in and the characters are memorable I ve had to deal with some health issues recently, so it was nice to be able to escape somewhere I truly enjoyed This book won t change your life but I think you ll be both entertained and think a little about the deeper questions posed by existence in a perennially flawed society I ve got the 2nd volume ordered on Kindle and I ll be happy to dive in again


  2. says:

    Set in the year 3000, Kenneth Thomas effortlessly manages to cover all the bases with his first book in the series It blends sci fi, time travel, and utopianism together along with an engaging romantic subplot This action packed page turner had me briefly wondering if this is where our society is headed However, I quickly became lost in the worlds Thomas created The characters are fleshed out and believable Loved the futuristic setting, but also thoroughly enjoyed the time travel that takes Set in the year 3000, Kenneth Thomas effortlessly manages to cover all the bases with his first book in the series It blends sci fi, time travel, and utopianism together along with an engaging romantic subplot This action packed page turner had me briefly wondering if this is where our society is headed However, I quickly became lost in the worlds Thomas created The characters are fleshed out and believable Loved the futuristic setting, but also thoroughly enjoyed the time travel that takes the main character back to the 1950s I look forward to reading the next book in this breathtaking series


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    From the very beginning of the book, the author takes us into a future world where we see the Universal Games pitting the protagonist, Captain VanWest, and his team of Enforcers against a rebel group from the Natural Earth Alliance The engagement encompasses several rounds of fierce competition stage 3 is especially intense where VanWest battles against insurmountable odds.Oligarchs control large swaths of the Antarctic enslaving refugees from the cataclysmic holocaust As these Overlords see From the very beginning of the book, the author takes us into a future world where we see the Universal Games pitting the protagonist, Captain VanWest, and his team of Enforcers against a rebel group from the Natural Earth Alliance The engagement encompasses several rounds of fierce competition stage 3 is especially intense where VanWest battles against insurmountable odds.Oligarchs control large swaths of the Antarctic enslaving refugees from the cataclysmic holocaust As these Overlords seek to gain control and establish an elitist cabal of governance, they engage in an unimaginable struggle for power and dominance Their utopian quest to restore Earth to an earlier time engages the reader in a continuing drama that defies belief.Radioactive contaminants from a decimated Earth produce hybrid insects that hunt and kill rebel forces attempting to escape calamity underground Captain VanWest is thrown into a vortex of time paradoxes as he negotiates a series of challenges in his attempt to rebalance a world whose history has fallen into the depths of chaos He is also confronted with a personal dilemma as he seeks to reconcile his romantic interest against his growing sense of allegiance toward the Universal Council As the denouement approaches, the reader leans over the edge of the precipice and imagines the unimaginable


  4. says:

    When I read and started to visualize the enforcers , they reminded me of beefy, stoic Unsolid soldiers from Game of Thrones, but I was keenly aware it can t be just that The story kept driving me to read further and further If you think this book is merely about universal war thingy like Terminator, then I am afraid you are wrong, because the plot is beyond what you expect As you follow our dear Captain VanWest, I bet you could feel so muchBesides a great amount of detailed action d When I read and started to visualize the enforcers , they reminded me of beefy, stoic Unsolid soldiers from Game of Thrones, but I was keenly aware it can t be just that The story kept driving me to read further and further If you think this book is merely about universal war thingy like Terminator, then I am afraid you are wrong, because the plot is beyond what you expect As you follow our dear Captain VanWest, I bet you could feel so muchBesides a great amount of detailed action descriptions, his journey has been mixed with range of wonderment, stress while he has to face difficult choices between rebels and government You ll be inside his heart, simultaneously, to vividly experience his emotional journey A clear picture will unveil once you learn all important characters motives and the reasons of their decisions Ken s The Past is an undoutedly successful work If you are a fan of sci fi, especially utopian dystopian themed, then this book could be your new keeper Highly recommended


  5. says:

    Exciting Dystopian, Time Travel thriller Great writer s voice, with multi character leads, including VanWest The book moved from the futuristic setting of 3000 to that of 1950s Paris and 1990s Florida, and back Blending surrealism with realism with superb skill Can t wait to read the second book in the series when out.


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    The reader is met with a fast paced thrilling action from the very first pages, so you have to pay attention, because the post apocalyptic world is already unraveling before your eyes And it is fascinating This book is right up your alley if you are a fan of the sci fi genre, since it talks about packs of mutant dogs, or gigantic carnivorous insects I was actually smiling reading about sensory deprivation gases causing hallucinations and I was really hoping that our heroes would encounter some The reader is met with a fast paced thrilling action from the very first pages, so you have to pay attention, because the post apocalyptic world is already unraveling before your eyes And it is fascinating This book is right up your alley if you are a fan of the sci fi genre, since it talks about packs of mutant dogs, or gigantic carnivorous insects I was actually smiling reading about sensory deprivation gases causing hallucinations and I was really hoping that our heroes would encounter some And they do Like a chosen One, VanWest surprises us from the beginning with visions of the past and of the future, and we will soon learn about his awesome abilities I can really feel his inner conflict, his indecisiveness, being torn between duty and desire, between mind and heart, between what he thinks is right and something else, evenpowerful.Having traveled back in time, VW is amazed by the things that we, nowadays, take for granted, making us wonder if we are grateful enough with what we have Do we really appreciate it I would have loved to seeof his interaction with the 20th century, I liked the way he perceived the past, and how he tried to understand it Was he ever tempted to stay there and never come back The battle at the end is epic, and I read each line holding my breath, with evensurprises unraveling It was really like watching a movie I think this would be great on the big screen in 3D especially the giant cockroaches


  7. says:

    From the very first page you are thrust into a well built dystopian world that grips you from the very beginning and then drags you along for the ride I read this book over the space of two days and found it fast paced and enjoyable.Above all this book is very well written and the character development was superb I believe that fans of the genre will find this book enjoyable as will newcomers to the sci fi genre.


  8. says:

    Dystopian novels are by far and away my favourite genre and have been so for as long as I can remember Kenneth Thomas VanWest The Past, ensures that this remains true and does not disappoint.In the first instalment of the series, which is set in the year 3000, the Universal Council rule supreme Obedience by the citizens is a must and failure to comply is simply not an option We follow the intriguing story of VanWest, an Enforcer who valiantly partakes in the Universal Games in order to be Dystopian novels are by far and away my favourite genre and have been so for as long as I can remember Kenneth Thomas VanWest The Past, ensures that this remains true and does not disappoint.In the first instalment of the series, which is set in the year 3000, the Universal Council rule supreme Obedience by the citizens is a must and failure to comply is simply not an option We follow the intriguing story of VanWest, an Enforcer who valiantly partakes in the Universal Games in order to become one of the Elites and attain for himself a life of luxury, influence and power However, not everything goes according to planFrom the unforgiving landscape of Antarctica to the famous streets of Paris, the world of the text is captivating, gripping and riveting it left me on the edge of my seat constantly Well paced, the most suspenseful moments are still punctuated by flashes of humour and wit, making the characters evenrelatable, likeable and three dimensional The story causes us to reflect on our own broken society in today s world, and gives us a possible Orwellian glimpse into our future In this way, it constantly held my attention and left me wanting to know exactly what would happen next If you liked The Hunger Games or 1984, you should definitely give this a try


  9. says:

    The Past is a fresh and exciting take on much loved dystopian tropes it gives a new perspective on a variety of genres from time travel to historical fiction to sci fi The world within the book is established easily and comprehensively the reader is quickly engaged by the various moral and social conflicts The action shifts easily between vastly different settings and I was particularly impressed by the attention paid to details which helped to establish the historical context for the read The Past is a fresh and exciting take on much loved dystopian tropes it gives a new perspective on a variety of genres from time travel to historical fiction to sci fi The world within the book is established easily and comprehensively the reader is quickly engaged by the various moral and social conflicts The action shifts easily between vastly different settings and I was particularly impressed by the attention paid to details which helped to establish the historical context for the reader.The characters, particularly the protagonist VanWest, are genuine and captivating, while their emotional reactions and potential romances are handled with honesty and sensitivity As the first instalment in a series, it moves along at a brisk pace and sets up an intriguing thread to be carried into the next book It was an enjoyable and quick read which proved hard to put down


  10. says:

    The Past is a novel that kept me engaged from the very beginning until the final closing sentences A dystopian tale set in the year 3000, there is never a dull moment in this fast paced, thrilling and adrenaline fueled story The characters are enticing, well written, relatable and simply jump off the page Kenneth Thomas crafts a world that eerily reflects the worst aspects of the society in which we find ourselves today It is scarily easy to imagine a future for our own world that is not so The Past is a novel that kept me engaged from the very beginning until the final closing sentences A dystopian tale set in the year 3000, there is never a dull moment in this fast paced, thrilling and adrenaline fueled story The characters are enticing, well written, relatable and simply jump off the page Kenneth Thomas crafts a world that eerily reflects the worst aspects of the society in which we find ourselves today It is scarily easy to imagine a future for our own world that is not so different to the brutal one built by Thomas From the gladiator arenas of the Universal Games, to the breath taking descriptions of a world gone by in the novel s time travel sequences, I found myself unable to put it down Filled with action, suspense and intrigue, The Past is the first instalment in a series that is sure to only go upwards from here