Forty Leap

Rated 4.89/5 based on 9 reviews
I don't know how long it's been since my story began. It's hard to mark the years when they go by so quickly. I'm an involuntary time traveler. Sometimes I just leap into the future. At first it was a few seconds, then minutes, then days, weeks, and years. Who I was, who I am, and who I am perceived to be by those I've left behind are all very different. And how long have I before time runs out? More
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About Ivan Turner

A child of the movies, I was always consumed by fantastic stories told by others and translated into adventures to be retold by me through the action figure medium. As I grew older, I put the action figures away and moved into the realm of role playing. Though I never outgrew role playing, I certainly don't have the time for it anymore. Since I was eleven years old, I've been pouring almost every ounce of creative energy I have into writing.

I graduated college in 1993 with a degree in computer science. I tried my hand at programming for a couple of years and found it pretty unsatisfying. I later became a partner at a comic book store, where I spent several years. Though it wasn't a financial success, the experience I gained from running the store and the people that I met (many of whom I'm still in touch with today) was priceless. After leaving the store, I settled into a career of teaching. I still teach at a public high school in New York. Ironically, I've picked up computer programming again, which is what I mostly teach.

I've been writing the whole time.

I released my first book electronically in 2010. Forty Leap was a turning point for me in both style and story building. The Book of Revelations, which was written earlier but released later, was sort of a midway point between the writer I was and the writer I've become. I experimented with a very odd style and a story that employed diverse characters and controversial situations.

In September 2010, I released the first installment of Zombies! Zombies! has been a tremendous success for me that came very close to being made into a television series. Since Zombies!, I have written a five part miniseries called Castes and have been working on developing tabletops games, the first of which, ApocalypZe, was published in early 2014.

Now, 6 years later, a 3rd Zombies! series is due to be released in September of 2016.

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Reviews of Forty Leap by Ivan Turner

A M Russell reviewed on March 31, 2013

A beautifully written evocative story. The longing and sense of loss and fear in the face of a terrible burden of time travelling away from everyone you have known and loved, is described by an often quite ordinary man. One who becomes extraordinary to his own surprize. A story that has at its heart a description of what it means to be human at its worst and best.
My only negative: the ending seemed truncated. I would like the story told of how he finally found his way home. But still five stars! I was glued to the chair all Sunday afternoon reading this.
I will buy any other book by this author. A talent to watch.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Chris Bullock reviewed on April 8, 2012

I found the concept and the story very interesting and intriguing. It was a good story and a very good ending. The characters were all believable. This is well worth a read.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
tomwantsrez reviewed on June 23, 2011

Absolutely fantastic, Draws you in within 20 pages and keeps you hooked until the end, begging to know what adventures happened before the epilogue. I disagree with the comment about extending the epilogue, it gives a nice clean ending while still leaving plenty for your imagination to fill in.
Thanks for the great read :)
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Albert Robbins reviewed on March 27, 2011

This is an incredible book and draws you right into it whithout a second glance. The author gets you right in tune with the character and takes you on the journey right along with Mathew. Do not pass up the chance for a great science fiction novel and click on the buy this book now.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
gavyno reviewed on Feb. 22, 2011

Brilliant, I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Lucas Hildebrand reviewed on Nov. 16, 2010

An enjoyable read. The lead character Mathew is very well written and easy to connect with. The story is very exciting.

The only thing I would change is to tighten up some of the times of confilct after he has started jumping, and expand upon the epilogue.

You can preview half of this book online before you buy. I did that and immediately bought it once the preview ran out.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Marcus Malone reviewed on June 29, 2010

I downloaded this book for my iPhone a few months ago, and I'm sorry I haven't reviewed this absolutely excellent book sooner.

From the very beginning (Reading the short description on feedbooks), I was engaged in the idea. On reading the first few chapters, I'd realised that I had, in my opinion, stumbled upon the golden book among the heaps of subpar original literature that is offered on feedbooks. Your book is the kind that only comes around every so often.

You introduced me to Mathew and his struggle, made me feel the roller coaster-like emotion of a man whose life changes literally in the blink of an eye. Gave me characters to care about... only to have them left years behind, long dead, or unreachable. Following this man who witnesses the changes of society, language, and himself. I'm sure you can imagine me clutching my iPhone with intensity.

When I read books, I imagine them as movies in my mind, but when I finished your book, I felt as if I had just watched a TV show marathon, or a miniseries of some kind; with each "episode" bringing a new set of circumstances, but still revolving around the main arc. I wouldn't be disappointed in seeing that on TV in the future. Haha.

It was a wonderful read, and just writing this review makes me want to go back and read it again. Thank you very much for this wanted surprise in feedbooks, and I hope to see it published someday so I can buy it.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Zacharias O'Bryan reviewed on June 17, 2010

Forty Leap will ambush you. Not since Phillip K Dick has a sci-fi author so perfectly captured the plight/fight of an individual when up against the deadly, unswerving power of the state. The book has a lit-noir feel to it, somehow balanced with an aw-shucks innocence. Folks, this one is a winner.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
laymo reviewed on March 18, 2010
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I dont know how to rate, but I'd give it 5 stars.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
laymo reviewed on March 18, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book very much and will recommend to my friends.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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