Book Reviews – “Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Christopher L. Bennett (https://christopherlbennett.wordpress.com). Mr. Bennett has written several Science Fiction short stories, novellas and novels.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The story is set in the future in the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Most of the action occurs at the Department of Temporal Investigations repository. Various objects and technology that have been discovered which threaten the time line are stored there.
Raiders attack the facility with the intent on stealing time altering devices. Agent Gariff Lucsly is caught inside the facility, along with the Director, Laarin Andos. To thwart the raiders, they set off the “Time Lock”. This device gradually slows down time in the facility on a geometric progression. After a few hours have past within the facility, weeks of time has past on the outside.
This time gives the Federation time to come up with a plan to rescue Lucsly and Andos, and to capture the raiders. Not all goes as planned.
This was an interesting, but short read of only 3+ hours for the 88 page novella. The story had an interesting premise, but I had a hard time getting into it. It reminded me more of a Star Trek TV episode. The cover art was OK. Difficult to find an image that shows how time is affected. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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