Riding the Stream Again | Prisoner by Dennis W. Green

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Back in 2013, I met Dennis at the local science fiction and fantasy convention. After attending his reading, I purchased his first book Traveler, devoured it and have been shouting my love for the book since my first review here on Second Run Reviews. At last year’s ICON, I was thrilled to learn that Traveler would have sequel, Prisoner and was treated to a preview chapter during a late night author reading. I would doubly thrilled when Dennis offered me an eARC of Prisoner earlier this summer.

For those of you who have read Traveler, you are in for another wild ride when you pick up Prisoner. Trav Becker and all his doubles are back at it shifting through parallel realities and trying to save the universe. Prisoner moved at a faster pace than Traveler; gone are the interludes. The reader isn’t “forced” to take a break from the action. You are able to read as fast as your eyes and mind can process the words on the page.

While Prisoner‘s plot moves at break neck speed, the writing has a more relaxed feel. Trav is in even more trouble with the FBI looking over his shoulder and the stakes are higher. Despite the tension, I found myself laughing out loud at several points.

First order of business was shoes. I don’t know about you, but the thing I have always found most unbelievable about the movie Die Hard is not that John McLane crawled through eight city blocks of furnace ductwork, or wrapped a fire hose around himself and jumped off the edge of a skyscraper.

It was that he did it all barefoot.

Green seems to have loosened up a bit and isn’t afraid to show readers the humor in Trav’s life and his love of science fiction. In many cases, when the humor pops up, it is a situation where if you don’t laugh at the insanity of it all, you might just cry or hit someone.

The only bad thing about Prisoner…it ends in a cliffhanger. And it happens so suddenly, just like slipping across to another reality that I had to go back and re-read the final pages. I suffered from a killer book hangover and Dennis heard about it for two days on Facebook and Twitter.

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So who should pick up Prisoner? Anyone who read Traveler and enjoyed it. This series is a must read for fans of science fiction especially if you enjoy time travel or alternate universes/multi-verses. Fans of mysteries and crime thrillers will enjoy how shifting realities breathes new life into these standard genres. I’ll just warn you to buckle up and prepare for a wild, humor-infused ride. Prisoner will not disappoint.


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Riding the Stream Again | Prisoner by Dennis W. Green


Author: Dennis W. Green
Published on: August 1, 2015
Pages: 286
Series: The Traveler Chronicles #2
Genres: adult, science fiction, thrillers, time travel
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: Traveler


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Dennis W. Green

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Dennis Green is a writer, DJ, actor, sports announcer, web site editor, Masters swimmer, tech geek, husband, and dad, living and working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His first book, "Traveler" is out from Mbedzi Publishing.

Dennis likes to say he lives life by these words from the great Robert Heinlein: "Specialization is for insects."

A master of many trades, as a DJ, his adventures were covered by newspapers from Anchorage to Los Angeles. As a writer, his work has been published in the small press, broadcast trade publications and the web site www.heartofamericatri.com. By day, he is the general manager of Iowa’s only jazz radio station, KCCK-FM. And if it’s 5:30 am, you can probably find him in the pool, working out with the Milky Way Masters swim club.



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5 responses to “Riding the Stream Again | Prisoner by Dennis W. Green

  1. After reading this review, I simply couldn’t resist adding The traveler to my (already gigantic) to-read list – in a good place 😉

  2. The humor in Traveler was one of the aspects I thoroughly enjoyed. Great review, Terri! I might have to break my book buying ban to get a copy of this!