Friday, 24 October 2014
"[...] he can't live without the 'The White Album'"
“A good chef can make a memorable meal from the most modest of ingredients. A good writer can do something of the same sort. "A Fold in the Tent of the Sky" demonstrates Michael Hale is a good writer.
The ingredients of the story seem improbable at best, and downright silly at worst. He starts with a batch of psychics. He adds a dash of intrigue and a generous portion of questionable motivations. He lets them simmer in an exotic setting. The result is a delectable book that is, for want of a better term, truly novel.
Hearing a description of the plot for "A Fold in the Tent of the Sky" might be less satisfying than reading the recipe for an exquisite dessert. Suffice it to say that the psychics are hired to be a sort of remote control intelligence agency. During the course of their employment, it becomes apparent that they can observe events happening far away. In space and in time. One of them realizes that manipulation of time can be quite profitable, and goes to great lengths to prevent his colleagues from finding out.
Hale suggests a way to commit the perfect crime: commit it in the past. If you prevent a rival from being born, you never have to worry about him (or her) causing you trouble later in life. Of course, tampering with the past can have unintended consequences in the present.
The psychic named Simon doesn't mind that, at least not until one of the manipulations erases all traces of The Beatles. He can live with wiping out his colleagues. But he can't live without ‘The White Album.’”
— L. D. Meagher, CNN
Paperback Edition: coming in January 2015
ISBN: 9780062385222; ISBN 10: 0062385224
On Sale: 01/20/2015
William Morrow - Harper Collins