Wednesday, March 13, 2013

ARC Review: Fixer by Gene Doucette

From the blurb:

What would you do if you could see into the future? As a child, he dreamed of being a superhero. Most people never get to realize their childhood dreams, but Corrigan Bain has come close. He is a fixer. His job is to prevent accidents—to see the future and “fix” things before people get hurt. But the ability to see into the future, however limited, isn’t always so simple. Sometimes not everyone can be saved.
Graduate students from a local university are dying, and former lover and FBI agent Maggie Trent is the only person who believes their deaths aren’t as accidental as they appear. But the truth can only be found in something from Corrigan Bain’s past, and he’s not interested in sharing that past, not even with Maggie. To stop the deaths, Corrigan will have to face up to some old horrors, confront the possibility that he may be going mad, and find a way to stop a killer no one can see.
My rating:

"Don't let them know you can see them."

Fixer, the latest offering by Gene Doucette, is written in much the same style as his previous books - witty, snarky and always highly entertaining. Due to the subject matter, I suggest ingesting much caffeine and/or sugar before starting this book, so your brain and you are wide awake when reading this. The complexity of the theories employed in this book does not make for a little night time reading.

Which, of course, is perfectly fine. It would be a damn shame if you missed the little zingers the authors throws in every few paragraphs, just because you're getting ready to sleep. You know, those little snarky jokes that made you grin and snort and laugh out loud. Gene Doucette delivers as expected. The irreverent inner and outer voice of the protagonist is a big part of what makes this book such a fun read.

The story moves along at a rather quick pace and, fittingly, tosses the reader from the present to the past back to the present at rapid speed. Again, make sure you're wide awake when reading. Thankfully, Gene Doucette provides time indicators that let the reader follow along without too much difficulty.

The book tells the story of Corrigan Bain, a self-proclaimed super-hero hanging onto reality by a hair. He fixes things, meaning he prevents people from having accidents that might end up killing them. He's also slightly insane, due to unwillingly living a few seconds or minutes in the future most of the time. Still, he feels obligated to use his talent/special ability to save as many people as he can.

When his past catches up with him, in the present, it's with the help of someone from his past and a sexy FBI agent from his present, who's also his part-time lover, that Corrigan survives his most insane moment yet.

Gene Doucette also created a fine cast of supporting characters that all played a pivotal role in the plot development, whether they are from Bain's future, past or present.

The book poses some interesting questions as well.

What, exactly, is time? Can it be manipulated, and if so, how? How does seeing a few seconds or minutes into the future affects someone's reality? I've heard of String Theory, and I've heard of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, though I understand neither. And that's unfortunately why I can't give this book five stars. The subject matter went over my head a few times, and on occasion, I had to re-read a few sentences to make sure I understood what was being talked about.

I would recommend this book to readers with an interest in physics and the concept of time. Be sure to have coffee and sugar at the ready.

I received a free ARC directly from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return.

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