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Kill Time
Kill Time by T.J. MacGregor
by T.J. MacGregor

Time Travel, Dissidents, Corruption and Decay
TJ MacGregor's Kill Time depicts the corruption of society as a mother is abducted by government agents and society's values turn extreme. Protection from outside threats and and medical maladies turn rogue as extremism and corruption enter the scene. Time travel heightens the suspense and characterization as the author reveals history and future influence.

Nora's mother disappeared when she was a child. Now, as she prepares to tell her husband that she wants a divorce, her childhood fears come back to haunt her as her husband is taken away from her right in front of her in a restaurant by FREEZE (Freedom and Security). Labeled as a terrorist, there is no recourse and her attempts to find out the charge become much too similar to a Kafka novel. As she traces a trail of clues left by her husband, she uncovers medical research gone awry, disappearing dissidents, political corruption and power brokering, greed run rampant and an eerie connection to a television show from the past. The ending leaves some things hanging but it works well here, giving a vision that makes the reader ponder.

Kill Time addresses issues of our current culture, indeed issues faced throughout history, but in de-familiarizes them through time travel and a futuristic feel. TJ MacGregor gets down to timeless values,not specific political personalities or events, and in doing so, reaches beyond party politics into the heart of human values. I adore suspense that takes parts of culture perhaps good in the original intention and twists them, showing the underside when "good" things become too absolute, too fanatical. TJ MacGregor reveals the dark underside of aspects of today's society without preaching and without moralizing, leaving the reader to form their own ideas. As homeland security and medical research cross the boundaries into corruption and fanaticism, TJ MacGregor provides an eerie portrait.

The references to Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone and Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead are just downright fun. TJ MacGregor's thriller amuses with its look into 1968 culture and chills as time travel brings an all too real look at the influence of television albeit through the twisted and delightful vision of TJ MacGregor's time travel suspense hunt.

Publisher: Kensington Pinnacle (October 2007)

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