Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: Jumper by Jeff LaFerney

After spending three years in jail and others completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page

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 What's a guy to do after finding out he has the ability to time-travel? Save the world, of course! Okay, maybe that was a little bit dramatic, but after surviving three years in jail and a whole lot more time by himself, Cole Flint is a bad ass motorcycle rider who can clearly take care of himself.

Enter stage left, Angels.

That's right angels. Of course when they mention stirring up the Middle East that isn't exactly what you expect to come out of a heavenly bodies mouth. To fix parts of the world, however, sometimes you gotta shake it up so when an 18 year old girl named Hannah has the infamous Staff of Moses, these angels assign Cole and his new-found powers to protect her. Are they really as they seem? Or are the powers that be just using all of them as pawns in a bigger game? You'll find out in Jumper!

I know what your thinking, I really do. A time travel book? Are you nuts? Well let me tell as fan of Sci-Fi in general, time travel can seem daunting. In the words of Dr. Who the "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey" can be just plain confusing. Trying to find out what decade characters are in can be tough enough, not to mention the fact that they can pop place to place and time period to time period. It can get confusing FAST. Jumper, however, was not like that....ever. It was very clear where we were and what the characters were doing, no matter what was going on in the story. That is refreshing. I find myself having to re-read books a lot because I missed something here or there and then moving on. Not the case here. In fact, they are clear as day at the top of the page to show you where the characters are and when. I consider this genius because it doesn't happen a lot, but it seems so simple! Listen the fact is that when your reading a book, nothing can give you a headache more than being confused or lost and that was biggest apprehension while starting Jumper. I clearly had nothing to fear here.

That being said, the characters are a big draw in this book. Cole Flint is just so damn cool, it's hard not to like him. Add to the fact that you feel emotionally pulled towards him with everything that he has gone through already in his life, plus everything happening within the story, I feel like I just understood Cole. To be able to connect with the main character is really essential to loving a story and you get that here. Hannah is also fascinating in her own right, including her pet grizzly bear (named Teddy no less!). There are so many twists that your simply trying to figure out where the young girl fits into all of the cosmic things going on around her. Reading about Cole, Hannah and Teddy without sappy romance is simply just nice. I am a romance reader but it is always nice not to have to deal with love triangles and other things in a book simply because people expect it. If your looking for an amazing adventure that isn't hindered by guidelines, Jumper is the one for you!- My Opinion- Buy it!!

About the author:
Jeff LaFerney has been a language arts teacher and coach for more than twenty years. He earned his English and teaching degrees from the University of Michigan-Flint and his master's degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Davison, Michigan. Torey and Teryn are their two children. Loving the Rain is his first novel. His second, Skeleton Key, is also available. His third, Bulletproof, was released on April 25th.

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