Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
A terrorist act on a college campus unfolds, and Jon Smithfield, a shy and introverted college sophomore, is caught in the middle of the mayhem. As he manages to get away and tries to track down Annie, a girl from his class who has recently shown interest in him, he discovers that his reality is not quite as it seems in this time-travelling, mind-bending, technological action/thriller. More

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About Ryan Strohman

I live in central Pennsylvania, work in the IT field, and enjoy exercising and hanging out with my wife, Lisa, and my two boys, Adam and Ben. I've been writing for about fifteen years with three books self-published here on Smashwords, another currently being submitted to agents, and yet another in the works. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Crichton, Jeffery Deaver, Jeff Long, Dean Koontz, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jeff Lindsay, and my writing-style and stories are similar to those authors with elements of action, science fiction, horror, and numerous plot twists. Check out my work and let me know what you think!

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Review by: Chris Wilkes on May 2, 2012 :
I read this author’s other book first, and this one was totally different. I always find that authors keep similar story-lines or characters or whatever. That’s not the case here. This one is about a kid in college who gets accused of setting off a pipe bomb in a bathroom and blowing up buildings on the campus, but then it just gets all wacky with time travelling and sci fi stuff. I enjoyed how the main character is very flawed, shy, claustrophobic, etc. It seemed real and relatable to me. This author is also very good at adding twist upon twist upon twist. You don’t see what’s coming, and when it comes, you just have to keep reading. I loved it.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Tyler Jones on May 1, 2012 :
Wow, excellent book. This guy knows how to write. I don’t know much about particle physic and science and all of that, but I appreciated how this guy explained it all out as if Jon and me were one in the same. I think I even know this Jon guy. He sounds like one of the guys on my floor. Anyway I can’t even think of how I would have reacted in his shoes. Probably the same. This was like a true life story of a college kid like myself getting caught up in all sorts of craziness. I think after a while I just stopped trying to guess where the story was going to go and let it surprise me. Great book!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Ashleigh Grazewski on April 30, 2012 :
This was a great all-around book by an exciting author. I had no idea what it was about until I downloaded the sample and started reading. The title actually is great foreshadowing for the entire novel. This book was smart, witty, and a page-turner all the way through.

I mostly liked the characters and their relationships. It was like one twist after another. The author cleverly leads the reader into different direction each and every time a character is introduced. Then when the character's true relationship is revealed, it's quite a shock!

There is a part in the middle where the book drags a little about time-traveling and technology and physics. I was going to rate this as a 4, but then I realized that it’s just my personal opinion. I’m not really a science-fiction or science buff, and so others that would love that sort of thing in a thriller would probably rave over that stuff. That author does make it easy enough to understand, so I can’t fault him for that.

Great book though. Very talented author!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Chuck Showalter on April 23, 2012 :
I really liked Paradox, by Ryan Strohman. The title itself implies it has something to do with time travel, but the book begins with some college students facing a lockdown on campus. As someone who lives in the Pittsburgh area, I think several thousands of Pitt students can totally relate. When the main character, Jon Smithfield, is suddenly accused of being part of the bombings on the campus, the book takes a wild turn. Characters are revealed to be far different from how they were originally portrayed, and the author uses clever twists to keep the plot moving.

There are parts in the book where the author seems to mix science and science fiction, but he does so brilliantly by explaining the science and leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination. The idea of meta-materials being used to travel through time has been hypothesized by researchers (I had to look this up myself), and the inclusion of a fictional sub-atomic particle provides just enough mystery to make this believable.

At first I thought the author could have spent a little more time uncovering and building up some of the supporting characters, namely Annie and Steve, but as the novel progressed, I realized that the author was making a very subtle point in leaving them somewhat vague. Jon’s future and even present for that matter are not written in stone, and thus the characters motives and backgrounds could constantly be changing. It’s a great concept for a time-travel novel, as most I’ve read get too involved in how actions directly affect the characters in other times. By not going into too much detail about these other characters, it convincingly proves the point that the author is trying to portray.

I also like the idea of time being thought of as a wheel or ball with an infinite number of spokes coming out from it. It’s far different from the “timelines” we typically think of. It’s not the easiest idea to wrap your head around, but the author does a great job in explaining it.

This author has created some very interesting concepts and characters in a great, action-packed book, and I look forward to reading more from him. I’ll be downloading his other novel ASAP!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Marcia Long on Nov. 3, 2011 :
I thought this book was very well-written, and the twists and turns were exciting. I saw this book posted on a bulletin board and wanted to give it a read and I'm glad I did.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Brock Wansell on Nov. 2, 2011 :
Wow, imaginative and simple. Compelling story. Great read!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Luiz Allessandretti on Oct. 19, 2011 :
Another good one from a great author. Don't want to give anything away, but I loved loved loved the relationship between the main character and the antagonist. Science/tech and a great plot and twists!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Jerry Crowder on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Great book...very fast-paced. I like this writer's style. Interesting concept too. It has oodles of twists and turns that you just don't see coming, but it has a very satisfying ending.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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