Author: Julie Cross
Narrator: Matthew Brown
Series: Tempest, book #2
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Source: audio from publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
I must say, this book is aptly named. I'm not going to lie...this book confused the heck out of me. Much worse than the first book. And I was all set to not love it because of that, but then somewhere along the way, it hit its stride. And despite still being thoroughly confused by the laws of time travel, I reconnected with the story.
There isn't nearly as much time travelling done in Vortex as there was in Tempest, but there was a lot of discussion about it as Jackson tried to figure out just how far his capabilities reached. He's also now training as a Tempest agent, and so he's learning more about his role in the agency, as well. All the while, he's trying to forget Holly.
I love a good story told from the male perspective, and this series is no different. But whereas I never fully connected with Jackson in the first book, I actually felt that his emotions were raw and genuine this time around. Maybe because he's lost so much....the love of his life, his best friend, any chance at a normal life. But it was also in the way he approached new relationships. It's gratifying to see that he's changed so much from the playboy he was before. And he's actually close to his father now, whom he needs more than ever. His character has definitely shown a lot of growth over the pages of these two books.
Admittedly, Jackson didn't make up for the lack of Holly or Adam, though. Adam's absence was felt for the entirety of the book, but Holly did become an integral part of the story midway through the story. Though I can't say her presence was entirely comforting. She is definitely not Jackson's 009 Holly, but that's all I can say without giving too much away.
The narrator for this audiobook is fabulous. As he's reading, I believe that he believes he is Jackson Meyer, so convincing is his portrayal. He actually sounds much like I imagine Jackson would sound...young and intelligent, with a bit of swagger. And he doesn't use a high-pitched voice to represent female dialogue, which is always a plus.
After the events of Vortex, I am even more intrigued with this storyline. I'm really hoping the time travel antics are fully explained in book three, but even if I'm still unable to comprehend the science behind it, at least the consequences still make for a great story. And even if I hadn't been fully on board with this book, that ending was enough to guarantee that I'll be reading the next installment. It was a whirlwind journey, but explosive doesn't even begin to describe the ending of Vortex.
Be sure to stop by and enter to win your own copy of Tempest and/or Vortex (depending on your location) at my stop of the Back to the Future Giveaway Hop!