Time Riven (Time Riven, #1) by Jonathan E. Seyfried

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

For years, time travel cured disease, freed the innocent, and convicted the guilty.
They thought it was safe.
They were wrong.

In the near future, the science of time travel is developed and regulated by the US government. The safety and benefits of time travel have become taken for granted by the American public. As work begins on the roll-out of private sector time travel, the government agency in charge of its regulation comes under attack.

Daniel Macon, Director of Security for the Department of Chronological Integrity, must discover the identity of a rogue chrononaut before time travel is turned against the country. As he pursues his adversary, he discovers that there are dangers in time travel that have been hidden from the public and the nation’s leaders.

The Secretary of DCI, his longtime mentor, has deceived him. An agent he once fired for incompetence becomes Daniel’s most trusted ally. A liaison officer from British Intelligence reveals an unimaginable fate for humanity. The inventor of time travel goes into hiding.

In the first book of the Time Riven series, the battle lines are drawn.

Daniel’s war against the future begins with a brutal attack on his own family.


Genre:  Science Fiction, Young Adult

Series:  Time Riven, #1

Length:  242 pages

Release date:  2015-09-18



…At that moment, a newly received email entered his queue. It seemed like just another routine notification of an attempted hack, originating in Egypt and caught in the firewall – Daniel’s bread and butter as Director of Security at DCI. What made Daniel suddenly feel nauseous, though, was that the sender of this email had died two weeks ago. And it was time-stamped for this morning.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Daniel Macon – a firm believer in time travels. Normalcy goes to pieces when a chrononaut from the future strikes too close for comfort. Daniel needs to reconsider the friend or foe question.

With Time Riven, Jonathan E. Seyfried has created a thrilling science fiction novel. It is a compelling read, starting slowly, then reaching a steady flow. Jonathan E. Seyfried paints a pretty clear picture of Daniel’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn into the story after the ‘introductory’ chapters; these chapters are relevant for understanding upcoming events and actions. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. Daniel Macon’s story is about time travel and politics, civilization and deception; the twists are sometimes surprising, do fit in nicely.

This is a book for you if you like young adult and/or science fiction series with a political touch, food for thought and characters with flaws and virtues.

The promising start of a series.


In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence (some hints)
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Jonathan Seyfried is a history teacher in Santa Fé, New Mexico. He is a long-time fan of sci-fi and time travel fiction. He writes with the assistance of his five cats and very patient and loving husband. He gets the inspiration and the energy to write novels and short stories from his students.



Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Time Riven?  Or – if you did not yet read Time Riven – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Time Riven was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – Jonathan E. Seyfried



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