The Theta Timeline: Chris Dietzel
Creating fear when people are weak and are easily convinced of a specific idea or mindset is part of the primary focus of issue in The Theta Timeline. What happens when the public falls prey to the ideals, mores, thoughts and manipulations of a small group of people that slowly infiltrated their government, took over in a subtle manner and managed to convince some or most of the population that what they were doing was for their own good and safety. Thinking is banned. Thinking just might get you executed or sent away never to be seen or heard from again. Thinking is no longer allowed and laws have been put in place to make sure that anyone who voices their opinion speaks out against the new government or Tyranny will pay heavily. Imagine living in a world where your every move is monitored, aero-cams line the skies, checkpoints require that you stop and provide the documentation and answers to questions that you had better properly phase: Welcome to a world that most would rather leave and others more complacent, pliable and brainwashed have entered. But, what happens when a group of scientists and ten men called Thinkers, decide it’s time to fight back, create a way to change what is called time or The Theta Timeline and hopefully go back in time to change an event or time before the Tyranny was in power to recreate the world that would make everyone truly safe and free. Those believing in the Tyranny claim that they are only trying to keep everyone safe. Those with more thought process know better. Speaking out and even asking questions could be fatal.
Enter the basement with the ten Thinkers, hear their voices, watch as they prepare to go back in time and know that The Tyranny is just one knock or crash of the door away. The Theta Timeline: Chris Dietzel you don’t want to miss the journey.
When the world becomes complacent and people just go with the flow watch what happens. As one man named Isaac/Springfield narrate his story as he goes back in time to find a way to correct the present you won’t believe the lessons he learns, the people of different backgrounds and cultures he meets and how he must find new meaning to trust, survival and hope for mankind not only in the present but in the past too. When war is the answer to controlling people and anyone who defies the tyrannical government suffers can an untested means of time travel and several time travels find the answer. What if they remain locked back in time? What about if they don’t survive? Will the Tyranny find them anyway? When Springfield realizes that he has managed to go back in time what he endures, the fields, the hills, weather, elements that he endures and the animals along the way until he realizes that someone from the present is following him in the past and will stop at nothing to finally silence him. But, what about his girlfriend and parents? Will they be able to withstand the scrutiny and questions of the Tyranny and its officers?
One day you are free to go to work, speak freely, walk into a store and buy anything you want and the next in a flash you are enslaved in some ways. Your life is curtailed, your movements monitored and your thoughts no longer allowed to be heard. Can the time travelers or Thinkers go back far enough in time to make sure what is happening in the present does not happen? Think about watching your words and not being able to speak out or up for yourself. Think about living in a world where there are so many laws that you have no idea after a while which ones will get you arrested or which ones will get you killed.
The Thinkers realized that going back in time could change the course of events so radically that things that you might have studied in school and whole towns might never exist. What about the time period that you wind up in? What happens if you land way before man evolved? How would you live out your days as part of a community where the people were hunters and gatherers? Springfield leads us into many small villages, towns and communicates in different languages and ways with the people there. But, dangers arise, the man in black or the man the Tyranny sent finds him and then the plot gets really interesting. As each side taunts the other and one side refuses to understand while the other forges ahead.
Illusions are things that we often wrongly perceive or are misinterpreted by the senses. Illusions are sometimes scene as mirages on a desert, hallucinations or even apparitions. But, what happens when your life becomes one misperceived or interpreted situation and the government has you convinced that being enslaved you might say, not able to be mobile and move around as you like, having your bank withdrawals monitored and approved and even worse being subject to unjust scrutiny, will keep you safe, how do you exist and what do you do? The population was so brainwashed that they believed that they were better off and that the Tyranny was keeping them safe. Arresting violators and taking them away never to be seen again seemed to be the norm and made it easier for them to strong arm the population. Springfield knew he was being followed but before we learn more about his fate and what he endures the author takes us back to when the Thinkers or time travelers tried to safe Kennedy from being assassinated, what really happened to the Roanoke Colony and where their citizens wound up and finally what about Jamestown, Virginia?
But, things heat up even more as more laws are passed and the population can no longer go on vacation, to parks, beaches or camping without paying a huge tax, being humiliated by the guards and when some protest or try to fight back well you have to read it for yourself to see what happens when people take it lying down and do not fight back because of fear! So, the Thinkers realized there are certain rules you need to adhere to when traveling back in time that the author and Springfield shares on pages 180-181. Finding a small town and meeting the leader should have helped bring him so solace but the end result when the man in black and the Tyranny learns where he is, is tragic and what happens to obliterate this town, that it was ever there is frightening, mind boggling and will give readers much pause for thought. How can families give up their jobs worry about the aero cams and live their lives with so many constraints? One by one families who decided to leave the city and find freedom paid a heavy price. Just why the Tyranny thought there power went everywhere is really quite remarkable as no one ever questioned them and lived to tell it the next day?
What happens when Springfield and the Man In Black follow the same path but on opposite sides? What happens when they wind up in the same town and in the same cell? Find out what happens to Springfield, if the Tyranny is ever destroyed, what happens next and what will these people who do not believe in killing do with this evil man? When fear, complacency and brainwashing overtake the minds of people and they go willingly, then Tyranny wins and the people lose.
The author goes to the present and we learn more about his parents and his girlfriend hoping that they are not the next victims of the Tyranny or their guards. What happens when people hang their heads down, watch violence on television, listen to the lies that are spoken, lose their sense of community and belonging and the jails are filled to capacity and more then your path is decided and your fate just might be sealed. What happens at the end will lead readers to know that the story has not been completed and there is more to be told. What happens to Springfield? Will he be able to find a way to alter the Theta Timeline and create a way to make sure that the Tyranny does not exist anymore? Only the author can answer that when he pens his next title. Dark, frightening, interesting, definitely keeps you glued to the printed page as you take the journey with Springfield back in time to many different places, hear the cries of the citizens in the present and those from where he winds up and hope that someday mankind will realize that they do have a voice and they need it to be collectively heard. Once again author Chris Dietzel takes us into many different dimensions, worlds that might seem different but in reality there are countries where the people are subjected to exactly what the Tyranny in his book is doing to its people. Just look around you! You never know what might happen! We need to always be on the alert. This is a great novel worthy of Five Stars.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer