Wasting Time: Book 2 in the Physics, Lust and Greed Series
Acorn Publishing (2020)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views(1-2021)
“Wasting Time: Book 2 in the Physics, Lust and Greed Series” by Mike Murphey, is a highly entertaining science fiction time travel novel. Altering the past via time travel costs money, and the Global Research Consortium that funded such a project backs out, but Marta Hamilton is an experienced time traveler who plans to forge ahead with a smaller version of the original plan. Her goal is to keep the past out of the hands of a greedy future, prevent politics from mucking it up, and throw a curveball into a murder plan that began in a parallel universe. Marta has her hands full trying to deal with the death of her best friend and a romance with Marshal Grissom, who is also a time traveler. She indulges in a friendship with Sheila Schuler, which has normally been against Marta’s professional code, and she also has a rowdy one-night stand with Marshall. A brilliant physicist thinks Sheila could be dead now, and Marshall could be next. As Marta navigates the time travel agenda, she has a decision to make: Take a chance on love or play it safe with emotional distance.
If you’re looking for a sci-fi adventure with something different, your search is over with this book. Murphey has developed an interesting and enjoyable read that combines elements of sci fi, time travel, romance, and humor. He breathes life into each character, and the intriguing plot will have you wondering how it will play out.
I like that this isn’t a predictable book, and the characters seem to have a life of their own. Marta is multi-faceted and a well-drawn character. She maneuvers through the plot and deals with supporting characters with a mind of her own. Sheila, who was murdered by being sent back in time before she was born, is a great character as well.
More romance than physics, with a dash of humor and attitude, this would be a good one to read to put you in a good mood or provide some escapism. The physics is there, but isn’t heavy-handed, and you can trust that this author knows what he’s doing when it comes to constructing a story that thoroughly entertains. There is an offbeat thread of TV show theme music, but I won’t spoil it here. “Wasting Time: Book 2 in the Physics, Lust and Greed Series”, by Mike Murphey, is a breath of fresh air for the sci-fi genre.