Wow! Just…Wow! What an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens, and I don’t want to give anything away…
“Portals in Time” by author John Joseph Teressi is far and away one of the most original and just flat-out interesting and crazy and surreal thriller/suspense/sci-fi/fantasy/action fiction novels I’ve ever read (and I read a lot!).
I liked it for so many different reasons: first, the writing was really solid–very literary (beautiful prose) and the editing was very clean. The fluid narrative, fast-paced chapters, and engaging dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into; and the characters all feel very unique and individual based on their conversations and action, not on some narrative ‘description’ of them in the story (a pet peeve of mine), but there is a character list after the story is over if you want to keep track of them better, which I liked.
There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The characters are so incredibly interesting and bizarre, and yet believable (for the most part – a few over the top aspects, but still we can buy into them for entertainment’s sake), and I like how they all had their own unique stories and backgrounds that lead them to what/who they are.
There were so many different plotlines and even though at first, you don’t see how or if it’s connected, it was fascinating to see how it all came together in the end which was awesome. It does wrap up well (with a beautiful ending), but I hope there is more in the future from Teressi. This is one mind-bendy read that stands out in terms of depth and even teaching some wonderful life lessons in an organic, spiritual way. Very highly recommend!!— !! 5-Stars— Gillian Hancock, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Indie Book Reviewers