Book Reviews

Time Bomb by John Patrick at Queer Space

Genre Gay / Genderqueer / Science Fiction / Time Travel / Romance
Reviewed by Barb on 16-May-2023

Book Blurb

Christian Sparrow is a time traveler from the end of the twenty first century. His earth is dying, and his mission is to go back in time to change the course of history by disrupting the Los Alamos atomic bomb project. But he didn’t plan on falling in love with Archer Meyer—a nuclear physicist whiz-kid whose work and life Christian will likely have to ruin if he is to succeed.

The men will need to navigate through a perplexing world of spies, scorpions, sex tapes, and safe words before they can hope to discern their true duties, and perhaps save the world, and even themselves.


Book Review

John Patrick is the only person on this planet who can instill an interest in history in me! Before reading his books, primarily his ‘Tides of Change’ series, I had no interest in the past, nor would I pause to speculate on the future. The here and now has always been fine by me, but ‘Time Bomb’ made me think and realize that the here and now is most definitely a result of the past and a precursor for the future.


‘Time Bomb’ combines a compelling version of the future with known facts and events from the past. But here’s the key: time is fluid and one change in the past—in this case during the building and testing of the first atomic bomb—can have a far-reaching and unexpected impact on the future of our planet and that future may be within the next century or two.


By all means, pay attention to the details in this novel because the author leaves little clues, seeds of thought which help us understand how our society’s actions and attitudes today can affect more than the present and even the immediate future. Plus, he provides tiny bites of information, clues to how the events in this story, set in the 1940s desert of New Mexico, may impact not only the future of the world but also the outcome of what turns out to be a very clever mystery.


All these tidbits, of course, appear in among the slow-building sweet romance between a scientist working in Los Alamos on the project to build the first atomic bomb and a time traveling secret agent from 2095, whose mission is to disrupt history in order to change the course of the future. How can their relationship possibly survive against enormous odds and with their future seeming so impossible to comprehend? Readers who take the time will enjoy every minute of this book (pun intended!). Very highly recommended! And, yes, a very satisfying HEA is included. 




DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. Thhis book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review.


Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 199 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-April-2023
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
Buy Link