By Robert Charles Wilson
Tom iciness notion the secluded cottage within the Pacific Northwest stands out as the excellent refuge—a position to nurse the injuries of misplaced love and happiness. yet Tom quickly discovers that his shelter is the portal of a tunnel via time. At one finish is the current. on the different end—New York urban, 1963.
His trip again to the early Sixties turns out to provide him the opportunity to begin over in a less complicated, more secure global. yet he reveals that the tunnel holds a probability some distance more than something he left in the back of: a human killing laptop escaped from a bleak and brutal destiny, who will do something to guard the key passage that he suggestion used to be his on my own. to maintain his worlds, previous and current, Tom iciness needs to face the terrors of an unknown global to come.
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