In 1587, over 100 colonists, desperate for a better life in the new world, disappear without a trace from a settlement on tiny Roanoke Island, just off the coast of North Carolina.
And now, in the present day, tremendous, undulating wails are being heard in the sky all over the world, with no apparent earthly origin.
To Helen Weils, best-selling author and respected academic, history is a realm of observable facts, each one carefully weighed and inspected. So when she encounters Chip Sledd, a conspiracy theorist who insists there's an unimaginable connection between the disappearance of the colonists in 1587 and the strange noises in the sky, she's quick to dismiss his theories as the irrational ramblings of a lunatic. But when black-suited agents begin pursuing her and Chip, Helen soon realizes that the past is a lot more flexible than she ever thought possible - and seeking the truth sometimes means accepting the strangest theory of them all.
In this riveting time travel techno thriller, USA Today best-selling author Ernie Lindsey takes listeners on a captivating journey throughout history. With a blend of mystery, suspense, psychological drama, and fast-paced action adventure, Skynoise promises, and delivers.
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The start of the audiobook quickly drew me into the narrative
There are some aspects of Skynoise by Ernie Lindsey that are excellent. I was first drawn to the novel because of its link to the Roanoke Island mystery and was looking forward to the time travel twist that the author was going to use to explain the disappearance of the Roanoke settlers in 1587.
The start of the audiobook quickly drew me into the narrative; I enjoyed the story when told from the perspective of the settlers and I would have loved to hear more of it from their viewpoint. After the first brief introduction to the settlers in North Carolina the narrative jumps to the present and we are introduced to the main protagonist, Helen, whose perspective dominates the rest of the narrative. Helen is a bestselling author who, having done extensive research into the Roanoke Island mystery and written a novel about it, finds her book tour interrupted by the stalker-like Chip who seems to attend her lectures and book talks with the sole purpose of embarrassing her, and himself, by proposing elaborate and insane alternatives to her, and the widely acceptance reason, for the disappearance of the settlers; aliens and people devouring trees, as opposed to the settlers being integrated into the local native tribe, feature high on his list. Although Helen wants nothing more than to dissociate herself from Chip she is soon swept into his crazy world and a strange hide-and-seek chase through time ensues as they both try escape the men threatening their lives.
I found Chip to be a fun and likable character but Helen’s sarcasm at the start of the book was a little disconcerting. She didn’t start of as a likable character but soon grew on me. I found the ideas and explanations of time travel as proposed in the novel interesting but much of this information was conveyed to the reader/ listener via long stretches of dialogue that distracted form the otherwise fast pace of the action in the novel. “Show, don’t tell.” is an axiom bordering on cliché, but in this case it is sound advice.
The audio book is narrated by Rebecca Roberts, she’s skilful and entertaining and brings the characters alive with her easy flowing narration and distinctive voices.
I liked the time travel ideas and explanations driving the narrative, even if I didn’t quite get to grips with them all, I did enjoy speculating about them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good escapism served with a bit of ‘food-for-thought’ on the side.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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