What People are Saying About Nexus Point ...
"In Pimpinella’s debut SF novel, an elite military corps strives to prevent damage to history by rogue time travelers, but one Time Ranger strains under the pressure of a fast-track career... Kai Sawyer is a young graduating Time Ranger cadet who’s uncomfortable that he’s headed for a command role solely due to the machinations of his father, a powerful rear admiral obsessed with carrying on the family name.
"Kai is also a Spawn, created in a lab to be stronger, hardier, and more aggressive than the average human. That, combined with a harsh upbringing, results in Sawyer making impulsive decisions on his first missions. In 1995 London, for instance, he coldly kills a maverick freelance journalist from the future in a public place. In 1912, he nearly freezes while ensuring that the Titanic sinks with zero survivors, instead of hundreds, to remedy the fact that a Time Runner boarded it with a virus from the future. Kai faces his worst ordeal in 1634 France, where a larger-scale conspiracy seeks to advance Western medicine far ahead of schedule.
"Over the course of this novel, Pimpinella delivers a spry, action-filled SF tale full of time paradoxes and fills it out with solid characterizations and a particularly agonized hero. The conflicted relationship between father and son is handled well, and it would not be out of place in a work of earthbound, non–SF military fiction.
'".. Kai’s ordeal in 17th-century France may remind a few readers of the settings in Victor Hugo’s classic 1831 novel
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
"An effective blend of time-travel tropes and military fiction about family loyalties, expectations, and betrayal." - Kirkus Review
"After it sets up the rogue time traveler in tantalizing terms, the book shifts to detail Kai's rise to a commanding position. Across a handful of missions, the disparity between his thought processes and the expectations of the Time Rangers is made clear, foreshadowing the book's later events. Thrilling action scenes combine with characters' struggles well.
"Kai's isolation is a driving force in the narrative; he tries to keep the mission on track, despite being forced into combat while dealing with starvation and mental anguish. In France in the 1600s, his team works to find the rogue traveler, operating at a hurried pace. The truth behind their mission is hinted and is fascinating, helping to set up later series developments."
“This time-travel thriller kicks off an exciting new series that lovers of the genre will relish.
“Pimpinella debuts with an action-packed sci fi-adventure through time.
“… the team's race to find their target is nicely tense, while Sawyer's grappling with his traumatic past offers a compelling emotional dimension.
“… this is a saga worth keeping an eye on.
“Readers who want a speedy action story with angsty supersoldiers and the fascinating convolutions of time travel will find everything they are looking for here.
“… this thriller delivers solid action and well-crafted settings in an intriguing start to a new series.”
Podcaster & Reviewer, Seth Comire
“If you love time travel adventures, then pick up a copy Nexus Point by K. Pimpinella. From 17th century France to the Titanic sinking, all the way to the late 22nd century, this sci-fi thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
"… At (this) stage of the book, the main antagonists present themselves, and the rawest, gritty scenes of the entire book take place. By then, I couldn’t put the book down…
"I won’t give any more spoilers for what comes next, but rest assured that you haven’t read anything this gritty since you picked up a Warren Ellis book. I loved it.
"And when you think the book couldn’t possibly pick up the drama and pace any further, the story looks at you and says, “hold my beer.” Strap into your seat and hold on for dear life because you are about to be taken on an emotionally grueling thrill ride."
Amazon Customer (verified purchase)
“K. Pimpinella created a very complex novel, full of details and unexpected ideas. The story is straight and fast-paced written, no squiggly language or complicated sentence structure. Yet, in between there are passages which are just beautiful to read and pull at my heartstrings.”