Timecaster (Timecaster, #1) by Joe Kimball

Timecaster (Timecaster, #1)

Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster-one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to school kids and obsess on his wife's profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses...

Details Timecaster (Timecaster, #1)

TitleTimecaster (Timecaster, #1)
Release DateMay 31st, 2011
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews Timecaster (Timecaster, #1)

  • Anna
    This whole book is very much wish fulfillment fiction. And that's fine; I believe there's a place for wish fulfillment fiction, but all wishes are not created equal. Which in this case is basically to say that I'm not a man. See, Talon is good at everything. He's not just a cop, he's a rare Timecaster. And he's not just a Timecaster, he's one of the best Timecasters. He's a martial arts expert (despite not giving it much of his time) and is marri...
  • Allisyn
    I'm really surprised that I haven't heard any buzz about this book! Timecaster is the first science fiction novel written by Joe Kimball, a pseudonym for JA Konrath who has previously written thriller and horror novels. Timecaster is full of interesting world-building: a virtual Utopian society with no violent crime, legalized drugs, institutionalized prostitution and life after oil. Technology is a big feature in Timecaster, both in creating the...
  • Shinyfox
    This book was very frustrating. At first I liked it. It had an interesting plot and characters, even the main character's wife fascinated me. But somewhere around the middle I lost interest rapidly. For one thing there's pretty much two rape scenes where in each a woman or women try to/succeed in having sex with the main character. This scene was portrayed in a manner that made it seem 'good' and 'appealing'. This was where I wanted to strangle s...
  • Heather
    The writing itself was much better than most things I rate this badly. And the concept was decent. But the execution? Let's just say that if you thought Crank was an awesome movie in a completely nonfarcical way, you'd love this book.It first lost me in the Penthouse Forum-style girls-on-boy gangbang scene about halfway through. And then...an Evil Genius Madman? Really?Even the "ecopunk" infrastructure had problems. He envisions a new "intranet" ...
  • April
    (Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian. Contains spoilers, but nothing relating to the overall plot of the book.)3.5 Stars - Hoo boy, this is a tough one. Let's start with the good stuff, but let me note that whenever I use a last name beginning with K I'm talking about the same author. I use Kimball when I am talking about this book specifically and Konrath when I am referring to the author's works in general.The premise of Timecaster was not only n...
  • Adrian McCarthy
    Timecaster is more of an action/adventure story set in the future than a hard science fiction novel. Nevertheless, J.A. Konrath (writing as Joe Kimball) puts some interesting what-if ideas out there, and they help the story to good effect. It's a fast read--one cliffhanger after another. Overall, it was a nice mindless escape with the usual Konrath humor, lots of imaginative action sequences, and downright over-the-top violence and sex.I have a f...
  • Darlene
    Oh. My. Goodness! Whew! That was a ride! Any of you old enough to remember E-tickets? Yeah, that kind of ride. So much fun, yet keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Was it the fantastic narration of Patrick Lawlor or did the author, Jack Kilborn just have that many funny bones in him? Whichever, or the combination, I had so many laugh out loud moments while reading that I am glad I was at home. I can imagine others in a library, l...
  • Ron
    A well-conceived, well-told fun story. Cute pop culture references and intriguing science and technology. Then why the low rating? (Ignoring the hero's shrugging off injuries that would kill or at least hospitalize a normal human. Hey, it's that kind of story.)Assuming it started at four stars, deduct one for the pornography--or as he called it "pr0n." Totally unnecessary and off-putting. (For some that'll be no problem, but many don't care to ha...
  • Christine
    3.5 out of 5.Wow, talk about an intriguing concept! The geek in me is still giddy over the use of tachyons, parallel universes, micro black holes, other dimensions and more in this novel. Timecaster was a quantum physics fangirl’s dream come true and I devoured it. The premise of Timecaster does sound a little like Van Damme’s Timecop—and there’s even a shout-out to it in the book—but this book is so much better than Van Damme’s film....
  • Hilary
    Think of it like a lesser, cruder version of The Minority Report crossed with one of the later, formulaic James Patterson books to add an evil genius ("The Mastermind"? Really?). Not that great. Other reviewers have talked about the excessive sex scenes (which weren't interesting or even relevant, so I just flipped straight past after the first one). The world concept was interesting (the need for biofuels, Web 4.0) but barely touched upon and no...
  • Janet
    Joe Kimball is the pseudonym of J.A. Konrath, who penned the Jack Daniels series I used to devour. Talon turns out to be Jack’s grandson, which was the only reason I decided to read this book. A patron’s assurance that the book eventually got better was the only reason I kept reading it. The high dosage of technology, coupled with my need to frequently consult the glossary in the back of the book gave me a headache. Goodbye, Talon Avalon. Wis...
  • Danny
    The opening page where the author gave various definitions of "Ecopunk" ending with a reference to himself was a bad sign. The first chapter just got worse. I didn't go on. I just wished I could get my $7 back.
  • John Loyd
    Talon is one of the two remaining timecasters in Illinois. They've done such a great job at reducing crime that almost all of them are now out of a job. Neil reports his suspicion that Aunt Zelda has been murdered. He has no luck at the police station so he comes to Talon's home, via business with his wife. Talon uses his TEV and finds that Aunt Zelda was murdered. It was him, or close enough to get him convicted of the crime. Within hours Talon ...
  • Cathy
    Surprisingly, for the most part, I really liked this book. I'm not usually into sci-fi, but this was very good. A very intriguing plot with non-stop action. Some of the technology was a bit above my comprehension, but the author did a good job of explaining it (usually) and provided a glossary at the end of the book which I only found when I was done (oh well). Taking place in 2064 Chicago in a utopian world where violent crime has nearly been el...
  • Stephanie
    I listened to this on audiobook (special at audible). The reader is fine. Good voice. Fine pace. But, this book does not lend itself to audio. The shortcut codes used on the Internet are inappropriate for a book, much less an audiobook. As for the book, I didn't care enough to want to listen to the end, but i did. It's not a bad book, but not a keeper for me. The only thing going for it was action. The characters were difficult to care about. The...
  • Karsyn
    Joe Kimball (aka J.A. Konrath) writes some crazy stuff. Some I've enjoyed, some I haven't.This one was definitely enjoyable. It starts of nuts and stays nuts. I mean there's something REALLY bizarre in it that just made me laugh (WARNING ~ quite sexually bizarre) (view spoiler)[There was a genetically created elephant, about the size of a raccoon, having sex with a rolled up towel. (hide spoiler)] Some crazy stuff, but really fun and enjoyable! C...
  • Sonia Perez
    The plotline overall sounded good, the futuristic world, even with all the inconsistencies with the logic of the technology, well you could ignore that a bit and it was still good.The bad part that is, the nonsense is too much. There are way too many sex scenes that were not necessary at all. The main character who is a badass who can against all odds pull off stunts no other human being can, ok very typical action movie. The evil genius who is o...
  • Amy Mcnea
    Really good read. Let me start by saying I don’t read Sci-Fi usually. I saw who wrote this book & even though it was Sci-Fi I thought what the hell, he has me hooked on every other book he has written so I will give it a try. I’m so glad I did. This book is full of action, drama & humor. And yes, I’m hooked. I already bought the next book in the series. I don’t give away anything in my reviews except to say this book is damn good, but don...
  • Bill Gilder
    Infinite alternative worlds So many alternative worlds the anything that could happen does happen in one of them. This book was mind boggling. Being able to timecast to see into the past all but eliminate crime because you will be caught. Add a man that can get defeat the timecasting to blame someone else makes for a great story. Can Talon figure it all out and save himself, his wife and the world? I
  • jboyg
    Joey,Joey, Joey, WTF!?!I didn't finish this book, but it finished me. See, I like Konrath a lot and I've read quite a few of his books,He isn't a perfect writer but usually a very good one. This one stunk out loud and will somebody please drop the big one on Harry M, a crappy unfunny character who is supposed to be irritating and succeeds all too well. Sorry, I'm a fan but this was painful.
  • Kathleen Watson
    Action packedA great action sci to thriller. I loved the little inside jokes, especially seeing Harry Mcglade still the same in his grandson's body. My only gripe was the amount of time spent explaining things about the world, the science, etc. At some point the reader will just accept the alternate universe, so stop trying to show off the research.
  • Phil Powell
    Brilliant. Sf and humour! Love it
  • David Bauguess
    A bit more raunchy than I would have preferred, but totally my kind of humor, and I loved the story line. Lots of action, and it flowed well.
  • Vicky
    A little too much blood and gore for my taste, but the plot line was good.
  • La'Tanya
    Just boring. 😴😴 DNF.
  • Robert
    Really probably 3.5 stars. This isn’t great literature - but it IS a fast fun easy read that will keep you entertain with sophomoric humor - testosterone fueled action.
  • Jesus Ibarra
    Timecaster is sci-fi mystery set in the future, Chicago 2067, where Talon Avalon is a timecaster who operates a machine that can see the past. With the widespread use of these machines, crimes have become non-existent. Talon, a guy who lives to be a cop, is kind of bored with nothing to do until one of his wife’s clients (she is a State licensed prostitute) asks him to look into a possible murder. He jumps at the chance. That is until he uses h...
  • Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews)
    You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/07/...Talon Avalon is a timecaster and a homicide detective. in 2064 Chicago. Murder is almost unheard of in this new utopia, and he spends a lot of his time lecturing to grade school kids. His wife is a social worker (aka a government licensed prostitute). When Talon’s neighbor shows up claiming that his aunt has been murdered and asks for his help, Talon is intrigued. When he...
  • Cyn Armistead
    Honestly, if I had realized from the start that the author was the same guy who writes the Jack Daniels crime series, I wouldn't have bothered, despite the fact that the book was free. I read one of those books years ago and found it profoundly annoying. By the time I did put those facts together, I was well into the book.As other reviewers have pointed out, this is male wish-fulfillment fantasy disguised as science fiction. The protagonist is ha...
  • Cor Markhart
    Ok it seems that most people who dislike the book do so because they have problems with the society Kimball tries to portray in his book. He takes the libertine utopia(max-personal freedom, min state involvement) and tries to fit it into a semi-realistic future and it works surprisingly well. This can create problems if you dislike that sort of morale and ethics this implies. I however had no problem with that, instead I really like the idea behi...