Three Days to Never Paperback – 19 February 2013
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- Paperback : 405 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062221391
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062221391
- Product Dimensions : 2.69 x 13.77 x 19.86 cm
- Publisher : William Morrow & Company; Reprint Edition (19 February 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0062221396
- Customer Reviews:
"A wild and wooly romp-fun."--Library Journal
"Brio, bravado and a salutary measure of lunacy . . . A postmodern work par excellence."--Washington Post Book World
"Moves at a frantic clip...[the] very outlandishness [of Powers's metaphysics] makes the story all the more compelling."--Booklist
"Top-notch ...[T]he ingenious plot...manages to be intricate without becoming convoluted, to its highly satisfying conclusion."--Publishers Weekly
"[THREE DAYS TO NEVER] contains so many genuine pleasures...plenty of action, humor and unexpectedly touching human drama."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture...[A] powerful work."--Locus
"Grade: A . . . Combining historical fact, science-fiction and thriller pacing, THREE DAYS TO NEVER is worth the wait."--Rocky Mountain News
"Machiavellian . . . [A]n astonishingly sophisticated and engrossing narrative."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Quirky, humorous and packed with suspense, THREE DAYS TO NEVER is a head-spinning thriller."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
From the Back Cover
Albert Einstein's groundbreaking scientific discoveries made possible the creation of the most terrible weapon the world had ever known. But he made another discovery that he chose to reveal to no one--to keep from human hands a power that dwarfed the atomic bomb.
When twelve-year-old Daphne Marrity takes a videotape labeled Pee-Wee's Big Adventure from her recently deceased grandmother's house, neither she nor her college professor father, Frank, realize what they now have in their possession. In an instant they are thrust into the center of a world-altering conspiracy, drawing the dangerous attentions of both the Israeli Secret Service and an ancient European cabal of occultists. Now father and daughter have three days to learn the rules of a terrifying magical chess game in order to escape a fate more profound than death--because the Marritys hold the key to the ultimate destruction of not only what's to come . . . but what already has been.
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This novel features Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin (retrospectively), time travel with bizarre side effects, a young girl with temporary pyrokinesis, an ancient conspiracy, a blind psychic who can see through the eyes of other people, Israeli intelligence agents, and ocassional ghosts. This may sound like a hopelessly confused jumble, but Powers brings these disparate elements together with consummate skill and a good deal of (sometimes dark) humor. The author has done time travel before ("The Anubis Gates") but the details and overall effect are very different here. There are plenty of action sequences and enough baffling supernatural events to satisfy readers in either genre.
The "viewpoint" characters are very well realized; some of the more minor characters are a bit two-dimensional.
Possibly my favorite bit: disruption in the original timeline (and a host of new possibilities) are caused by the Harmonic Convergence, a real (1980s) event where mystics worldwide emptied their minds at the same time. In othe words, HIPPIES RUIN EVERYTHING.
In Three Days to Never the harmonic convergence is developed beyond what most of us thought it was into a new world . The idea that thousands of people blanking out to their minds at the same time could be the equivalent of lowering the water table products the thought " why can't I think like that ? " just as lowering the water table produces cracks and sinkholes in the air , lowering the psychic water table would produce cracks and sinkholes in the psychic continuum. High adventure follows sticking to very strict rules about the resulting world .
There is a traditional story about two yeshiva students who are arguing with each other about the hardships of being alive . One suggests that it would be better to be dead . The other responds that it would be even better to have never been born . "Of course that would be better . But who should be so lucky? Not one in a thousand. " by the end of three days to never this will not seem illogical .