Somewhere, sometime, the stone is waiting. The premise of Trespass is an interesting one. A mysterious stone exists outside of the space-time continuum and wrecks havoc on three different timelines. The book has a cliff-hanger, but unfortunately, I just don’t care about Jake, the main protagonist, throughout the book to raise the righteous indignation of the story having no conclusion. I found the Jake character boring, and his apparent cowardly behavior to be frustrating and annoying. This is not necessarily a bad thing. And Jake wasn’t even likable the way pre-super serum Steve Rogers was portrayed in the first most recent Captain America film. At least, Steve Rogers wasn’t going to quit no matter who kicked his scrawny butt.
As a reader, I want to connect with a character. I want to dislike the villains and cheer the heroes. Some books have made me cheer the villains and dislike the heroes. The hopping from time-to-time was fun, but I found myself wishing the Jake stories would hurry up so I could get to the true gems in this book: pre-war 1939 and 3,000 BCE.
Those two storylines were fantastic. I felt the 1939 characters a touch clichéd, but the Neolithic culture and story was top shelf. The 3,000 BCE story reminded me of Children of the Comet, by Donald Moffitt. I would be an eager reader of a sequel if the adventures of those characters were continued. The saving grace for the 2010 timeline was the young female college student Jake meets in the quarry. If she’s not in the sequel, all bets are off. Which is saying a lot, since her character was only in a chapter or two.
The biggest complaint I have about Trespass is that there was a lot of head-hopping going on. More than once, I had to re-read a page or paragraph because the POV had shifted, and I was stuck in the previous POV. This broke down the flow and popped me out of the narrative. I think a bit of formatting would alleviate this issue.
I did read online that there is a prequel, and I’d likely be interested in reading that, as well as book 2 as long as my demands are met :-) I’d probably rate Trespass a solid 3.5 stars, but I wouldn’t bump it up to four stars on Goodreads. I would go to four stars on Amazon based on what the star ratings mean. On this blog, I’m gonna break my rule and call it 3.5 stars. The issues I mentioned kept it out of four-star territory but weren’t so terrible that it needed a smack back to the three-star realm. I already have another Mikey Campling book to be read in the near future, and I look forward to seeing what he does with it.