The Gone World

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Penguin, Feb 5, 2019 - Fiction - 400 pages
Inception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind....

“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter


Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family—and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can't share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL's experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence to crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time's horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.
 

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User Review  - auntmarge64 - LibraryThing

Superb time-travel fiction coupled with a mystery that will determine the course of humankind's existence. In 1997, Shannon Moss is an agent for a clandestine Navy department that runs exploratory ... Read full review

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4.5/5 (changed from 3.75 originally) The Gone World is a tough nut to crack. It's a mystery thriller wrapped in a sci-fi-horror-apocalyptic-time travel package. The basic story is that humans ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
29
Section 4
55
Section 5
77
Section 6
109
Section 7
129
Section 8
139
Section 12
211
Section 13
247
Section 14
271
Section 15
299
Section 16
327
Section 17
343
Section 18
367
Section 19
385

Section 9
177
Section 10
199
Section 11
208
Section 20
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About the author (2019)

Tom Sweterlitsch is the author of The Gone World and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. He has a Master's Degree in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon and worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

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