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Kirkus Reviews Calls STRANGE TIMING ‘Highly Entertaining’

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The influential Kirkus Reviews calls the sixth book in The Strange Files series — STRANGE TIMING — “A highly entertaining romp through high strangeness.”

Among other comments:

“Readers will encounter plenty of scenes of peril before the tale is told.”

“Over the course of this novel, Bruce delivers snappy dialogue and crackling prose, and he’s clearly having a great time spinning an intriguing and well-paced adventure story.”

“He also gets high marks for deftly managing the thorny time paradoxes … as well as reanimated dinosaurs, skunk apes, and an Elvis Presley impersonator. There’s even James Bond references shaken and stirred into the mix.”

“The story also manages to serve as an unexpectedly warm homage to the state of Florida itself.”

Here’s the full review.

What’s the story about?

It helps to know that Alexander Strange, the protagonist in this series of mysterious adventures, is America’s only journalist whose full-time job is covering news of the weird. All too often, Strange finds himself not just writing about the oddities of the world around us, but caught up them as well.

The STRANGE TIMING story starts out, like many of Alexander’s adventures, with a story he’s covering — this time, the theft of a headless baby Jesus from a Naples, Florida, nativity scene. But if that’s not weird enough, Mona, his shipboard pirate mannequin, suddenly begins channeling a woman from the future who claims to be Alexander’s guardian angel.

But, it turns out, she’s the one who needs protecting. And if he doesn’t immediately fly to Portugal and rescue his girlfriend, Gwenn, well, bad things will happen. Even then, he doesn’t anticipate that his converted fishing trawler will soon be home to multiple seances, that a mad scientist will try to blow him up, or that the Elvis impersonator he’s hired for his wedding will ghost him. And his future in-laws? Now there’s a real nightmare.

Readers are saying this is the best book in The Strange Files series. Decide for yourself. Order your copy here.

About Post Author

J.C. Bruce

J.C. Bruce is a journalist and author of The Strange Files series of mysterious novels.
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