It is the year 2288, and Earth is reeling from the most horrific terrorist attack it has ever endured.The Quest, a pseudo-religious splinter group, have taken a stance against the Earth Alliance's authority of the planet.It is down to Youssef Haseem, now the highest-ranking official left in the EA, to build a team to face the threat of total inhalation if he doesn't stand down and bow to The Quest's demands. Then the leaders of The Quest disappear, and a legend emerges in the year 1888. But just who is the mysterious stranger stalking and viciously killing women on the streets of Whitechapel, London?A mission is launched! A battle of wits against time itself. A fight to be played out in the present and the past, with the fate of humanity at stake.Legends can happen anytime...
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When Melanie came to me with this story I was initially very excited. I mean who doesn’t love science fiction and history. Okay pretty much everyone doesn’t love those, but that is here nor there because I do. I also am really interested in the human mind and how humans interact socially, it is why I have a sociology degree and love to people watch. I am also interested in serial killers and who else to be interested in than Jack the Ripper.
This story is not just about Jack the Ripper, in fact the twists you find in this story make the entire Jack the Ripper story in an entirely different way, one that involves time travel, evil groups, a earth that is falling apart, and historical events that all combine effortlessly in this book.
This book starts with a world without war, a world that is safe and secure. The ruling council tries to make sure everyone is fed and alive. There is no religious fighting either. Not everyone appreciates it, in fact there is a secret group who’s main goal is to kill people to upset the balance. Because of this the council has to find out what is going on, who is behind it, where if anywhere did they go, and why were they doing it.
The story then moves to how they can assist in stopping what is about to happen, which is going to kill about half of the living population on Earth, but it isn’t easy, and it isn’t fast, and it isn’t perfect. You can see how Science Fiction is fickle like that.
To be honest, at the beginning I was a little meh about this story. Not that it wasn’t good but it was a bit long and boring. I wondered where it was going to go. Then it started moving and it never slowed down. The twists had me changing the pages as fast as I could to see what happened next. Then the final twist? Seriously I both wanted to reach through the book and throttle the author. Also I want to pat them on the back for that twist. It made me mad, it made me sad, and it made me want to know so much more.
Overall a great story that takes the historical character of Jack the Ripper and changes it on its head.