• Becca McCulloch

Review: Overstrike



When Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…

…Then he realised it was true.


Overstrike spans 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.

Touching on themes of retro-causality, ethics and free will, and exploring ideas of cause, effect and retribution, it follows the path of Matt Howard, whose child, Ethan, is at risk, as he, his father and grandfather attempt to use their own abilities to manipulate reality in order to discover and prevent whoever is threatening Ethan.


Overstrike is volume I of Fixpoint, a trilogy about a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Follow the stories of the Howards, on a journey exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.





Review

Overstrike explores one family's destiny as they move through time. Until Matt's son is born, the family's oddities seem more annoying than significant. Then he and his grandfather are forced to refine their abilities and prevent the unimaginable.

I've always been intrigued by time travel stories. Although this isn't a classic time travel so much as a reality-bending story, it held so many of the features I love in a time travel story. The author moves effortlessly between time periods, using elements of real history to enhance the fictional events.

The story was very compelling and kept me turning pages well into the night. I almost cursed the fact that it's a trilogy. The characters are especially well-drawn. I was immediately curious about the relationships in the family. The way that the "power" was used felt believable. There was enough science thrown in that I wasn't drawn out of the story through disbelief. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction.


Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Overstrike-Fixpoint-Trilogy-C-Angus-ebook/dp/B0848N8P5J

US - https://www.amazon.com/Overstrike-Fixpoint-Trilogy-C-Angus-ebook/dp/B0848N8P5J


Author Bio –

CM Angus author and writer of Speculative fiction, Sci-fi and Horror grew up in the North East of England and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and children. He is interested in all things creative & technological.


Currently working on Fixpoint, a series of books with each piece tackling different aspects of discontinuities in time and is a Speculative Fiction spanning 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.


Overstrike, Volume 1 of Fixpoint, will be published by Elsewhen Press in early 2020.


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