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January 3, 2013 / John Sheridan

The Revisionists

The Revisionists
Thomas Mullen

Amazon UK, Amazon, Kindle

The fundamental premise of this appealed to me when I first received this book a couple of months back recalling films such as Timecop and The Butterfly Effect or any number of other works which have also explored the same conundrum – if you could change history, would you? More importantly, should you and what would be the outcome if you tried? Labelled as a dystopian novel which would normally be a no-no for me but, unlike the other dystopian novel that I tried this year, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and never at any stage became laborious.

We have Troy Jones aka Zed who is from the “perfect” post-apocalyptic future and who is tasked with ensuring certain events happen in their preordained order and eliminate those that may try to interfere with them thereby risking their “perfect” present. We have Leo – an ex-CIA operative now operating in the private sector following an ignominious exit involving rendition. Mullen creates delicious intricate linkages between Zed, Leo and what they are both currently doing in DC. Tasha, a lawyer that is mourning the death of her brother with the US military overseas, originally seems to be introduced to act as a focus for our conscience but initially impedes the momentum generated by the inexorable interaction of Zed and Leo but she ultimately proves pivotal. Of course, everything gets turned on its head and you have to re-evaluate everything that has preceded it when one of the characters asserts that Troy Jones is actually a paranoid schizophrenic and just maybe you shouldn’t be accepting everything he says as being true. Perhaps that also explains why his much vaunted technology from the future isn’t working. There is a lot more to this novel and this just barely scratches the surface.

My rating is 10 out of 10. You can expect to see this in my top books for 2012 when I get around to posting that in the next few days.

Check out this extract on Mulholland Books website.
Description: Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world’s problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course – especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs. But what will happen when Zed’s present begins to take precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?

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