I really enjoyed this book about of victim of circumstances who has his whole life turned upside down. Andrew Johnson is about to turn 50 and finally has his life in order. He has gone through a painful divorce but met his true soulmate, Amy. She also, endured a bad first marriage but the two hit it off and soon get married. And like the Brady Bunch, their children from their previous marriages form a big happy family.
As Andrew is mowing his lawn a bolt of lightning causes a worm hole to open next to him. He is sucked in and when he awakens he has passed through a time warp and he finds himself 25 years in the past. He is desperate to get back to his own time but pretty soon he realizes he is there to stay. With nowhere to go he turns to his parents for help. Once he convinces them he is from the future they help him cope while he plans what to do. Andrew's father arranges a meeting with a mob connected gambler (CJ). Andrew uses CJ to place a few bets on sporting events that he already knows the outcome. He also starts investing in the stock market.
Andrew inadvertently meets a younger version of his ex-wife, setting in motion a change of history in which his daughter Emily is not born this devastates him and he thinks that if he waits 25 years he can go back through the worm hole (assuming it will appear again) and try to set everything right. Andrew decides to use the cell phone that he had in his back pocket when he was transported, to start up an electronics company. However, his plans involve his future wife, Amy and her first husband Tom. Andrew wants to be able to stay close to this Amy so that this version of Tom won't bring her misery.
The more Andrew tries to "tweak" things bad things happen and on top of everything he is still beholden to CJ and the mob. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It has a lot of elements of Ken Grimwood's book Replay and Stephen King's recent 11/22/63. There are also elements of the film Back to the Future and the film is quoted by Andrew several times in the book.
The book held me from start to finish and I read it over a busy week. Each day I was looking forward to what was happening with Andrew and I was greatly disappointed that the book had to end. I hope this book succeeds commercially as it is an excellent time travel book!
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