Split Second

  • by Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Wired.
What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not millions of years back, to the age of the dinosaur. Not even a minute back. What if you could send something back only a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an event, or win a lottery.
Nathan Wexler is a brilliant physicist who thinks he's found a way to send matter a split second back into the past. But before he can even confirm his findings, he and his wife-to-be, Jenna Morrison, find themselves in a battle for their very lives. Because while time travel to an instant earlier seems useless, Jenna comes to learn that no capability in history has ever been more profound or far reaching. Now, as Jenna fights to defeat the powerful forces arrayed against her, nothing less than the fate of humanity hangs in the balance....
Containing a stunningly unique slant on time travel, Split Second is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that will have listeners pondering the natures of time and reality long after the end.


What the Critics Say

"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SFBook.com)
"Richards is a tremendous new talent." (Stephen Coonts)
"[Richards can] keep you turning the pages all night long." (Douglas Preston)


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I finally found my replacement for Crichton

Looks like I finally found my replacement for the late, great Crichton

Split Second is a book about time travel… but not really. What if you couldn’t go back to the age of the dinosaurs, or even watch your birth. But, you could only go back a fraction of a fraction of a second. Literally less than a blink of an eye. What good would that do? Apparently, two rival corporations and agencies know what, and will kill to find out more.

The narration was done by Kevin Pariseau was excellent. The hard science within this could have been a tongue twister for many narrators and readers alike, and Pariseau cruised through it like a hot knife through butter. Pariseau’s voice was perfect for this, sophisticated and smart. The accents he uses and the different dialects were all really well done and added to the story nicely.

Okay, I took a night to compose myself from this book, it made me feel and think things that books don’t normally do. I’m a fan of the technothriller genre. Ever since I started reading Michael Crichton, I was hooked. He just had a way of writing both scientifically compelling and incredibly thrilling fiction. I’ve found a few authors since then that fit the bill and seem to quench my insatiable thirst for more Crichton (RIP). But, Richards may be my new key.

Split Second was a book that started out with a bang, literally — a murder of a top physicist who was working on a new theory that he had only shown to one person. From there it was an incredible whirlwind of great storytelling and character development.

Character-wise, Aaron Blake needs to be seen again, I’m not sure if Richards even writes with certain characters in mind, but Blake was amazing. He was absolutely everything you would want out of a protagonist: smart, cunning, incredibly good at getting out of bad situations–what more could you ask for? Seriously, Aaron Blake needs another novel!

Jenna Morrison’s character was really interesting too, she had gone through so much in such a short amount of time that it was really fun to watch her characters developmental arc.

The two main antagonists were also amazing, and one of them turns out not the way you expected them to be. Always wonderful when a book can misdirect you like that without leaving you feeling betrayed.

Overall, the story itself was the main blockbuster here, but the supporting cast makes this an easy 5-star book. Douglas E. Richards has skyrocket to the top of my authors list and I will be voraciously reading his other books now.

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- Brian

Wait .45 of a second will you!??

Where does Split Second rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not in the top 1/4, but definitely in the top 1/2, and I listen to a lot of books!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lee Radulin ( sp? ) was interesting in how manipulative and smart he really was. His nemesis, Evan Wright, was strong as well, but sort of went of the rails at the end.

What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clearly voiced the characters respectfully, consistently and thoughtfully. A fine reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly tried to. It's a relatively long book, but worth the time.

Any additional comments?

Get it. It is part of a new subset of time travel books that I am enjoying a great deal recently and does add to the genre. OK it get's somewhat "pie in the sky" at the end, but that does not take away too much from the overall offering.


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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios