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The Yesterday Trilogy - Reviews Below is a selection of reviews from readers in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.
SOME REVIEWS OF CALL ME YESTERDAY FROM AMAZON USA: 5.0 out of 5 stars - Very nicely done science fiction, May 10, 2012  - By Carol R. Harris "starshiphome" (Missouri)   I got this book as a Kindle freebie, and was extremely impressed by this author. True science fiction, not fantasy, and very well written. The storyline was good enough that I purchased the second book of the trilogy and read it immediately; it did not disappoint. I will definitely buy the final book of the series when it comes out. The characters are very well developed and engaging. The story seems entirely plausible as a near future event, and did not ramble or wander off into side areas that don't add anything to the tale. And this is all any hard scifi fan asks for but rarely gets in current books. Don't miss this series if you love true science fiction! 4.0 out of 5 stars - Entertaining page-turner, March 2, 2013  - By Cynthia Ross  (Arizona) The writer is at home writing about technology and the stock market, and that authoritative tone makes the story believable. I had a little trouble swallowing the idea that the main characters would be so shocked that earthquakes happen by the hundreds per month. I was also a bit taken aback by the author's resort to a deus ex machina resolution--the new characters introduced strained credulity. All in all, though, it was an entertaining read which kept me up way too late last night! 5.0 out of 5 stars - Good, tight science fiction with a few twists, February 4, 2013 By Pinesoldiers  Suppose you found a way to send a message back in time. It may not sound like a big deal, but think if you could warn people of upcoming events -- like an earthquake. Or maybe you could just tell yourself how to bet on the market. The author weaves the possibilities into a fascinating book. All goes well at first, then suddenly you get a message you can't believe. Should you act on it? What if thousands of lives hang in the balance? What if you're wrong? See what happens, and wait for the twist at the end. It's a good book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Refreshing, January 12, 2012 - By Driz  This is a refreshing and intelligent read from a new British Sci-Fi writer on the block. A great story, well told and so current! I understand this is the first of an already written trilogy. So I ask myself, can Beresford actually see into the future? It's as though he'd designed the book's premise well before the historic events recently achieved in the Hadron Collider at CERN! Again, a great story but not one for fans of little green men and laser shoot-em-ups. -- SOME REVIEWS OF CALL ME YESTERDAY FROM AMAZON.CO.UK: 5.0 out of 5 stars - An enjoyable trilogy, 24 Oct 2013  - By Mr. B. Scott "Nosquirrels" (North Yorkshire United Kingdom)  Bought and read all the three books one after the other and enjoyed the tale a lot. All revolves around sending messages to yourself and actually receiving them in the past. It sound quite confusing but it is explained quite well in the first book. 4.0 out of 5 stars A bit complicated, but a clever idea, 12 July 2013  - By Norman Conquest (Reading, UK) I wasn't sure about this one, but I decided it would fall into the category "the thinking man's sci-fi". It's not quite up there with stories from Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and many others, but it's definitely nowhere as low as Dr Who, Startrek, Starwars and the like. You really do have to think hard to follow the idea of sending messages back in time. I got lost many times but I had to keep reading. Yes, some of the dialogue is a bit stilted, but overall I thought the quality of the writing was good. I was annoyed by one thing - just the one - an overly used "alright", which perhaps stuck out because it was sometimes used in phrases like "Alright, Mr. Wright." which seemed comical. Anyway there's no such word as "alright"; it's a common misspelling of "all right". Immediately I finished the book I ordered the other two in the trilogy. Unlike some other readers I think £1.99 is a small price to pay for a standard novel, even if it is a self-published book - what's that got to do with it anyway: the price of anything is what people on average are prepared ultimately to pay; it has nothing to do with the costs of production. 4.0 out of 5 stars - Proper Skiffy, 5 April 2013  - By Stuart  A welcome return of what I consider proper sci-fi - a really considered look at what the near future might hold. What if the technology existed to send a message back in time? What would the wider implications for society be? The novel deals with some really big ideas, just like the Golden Age sci-fi of Clarke and Asimov but don't be put off - it's really accessible and clips along at a good pace. If I really had to find a criticism it might be that the dialogue isn't great - it's like the way people write, rather than how they speak - but this didn't detract from the fascinating ideas and exciting plot. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Highly enjoyable sci fi, 25 Feb 2012  - By Wendywoowoo   Bought this as my first ever Kindle book to read on my new iPad and thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in Britain, well written and some great concepts. Now looking for number two in the trilogy. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Call me yesterday review, 18 Jan 2012  - By Nick J D A hard to put down Sci Fi based on the here and now. A twist and a commentary - several twists in fact, which recent economic and scientific events endorse. It is a book of clear, realistic and detailed descriptive writing and characterisation,(well, there has to be one clear sighted banker in the world eh?). I eagerly await the rest of the trilogy. I can see Hollywood being tempted by this as well. What a good read, more please! 5.0 out of 5 stars - New sc-fi concept, 2 Jan 2012  - By rogercm   I am a fan of creditable sci-fi stories and this fits the bill as it is based on known, albeit relatively new scientific concepts, and has therefore a very plausible plot. Without giving too much away, I thoroughly enjoyed how the plot developed and particularly how the author addressed one of sciences / sci-fi's major practical issues (you need to read the book to find out more!). I am very much looking forward to find out what happens in part two of the trilogy. A very praiseworthy sci-fi novel for a novice author, well done. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Easy reader, 23 Dec 2011 - By Djh I found the book an entertaining easy read. The story and characters develop quickly which make it hard to put down. The ending comes too soon, looking forward to next one. 5.0 out of 5 stars - More please, 12 Dec 2011 - By Hurtlemurtle (Sussex, UK) Good story, excellent pace and well written, totally believable. Lots of interesting detail and the characters are well rounded which makes the story plausible. Although the book would work as a stand alone, I am really looking forward to the next volume of the trilogy. Hurry up!! 5.0 out of 5 stars - Yesterday Today, 10 Dec 2011 - By PaddyWack I don't usually read fiction as I prefer facts but with this recommended book the fiction came to me as if I were reading facts. The story, which is so topical, read with such clarity on persons and places that it felt I was now in the real world. The author has set a steady pace where you are in no doubt about the situation you are in. Even the cerebral piece on what a tachyon is and what it can do leaves the reader accomplished. My early career was all about communications which I have used extensively throughout my working life. This well written book is about communications but of Tomorrow. I look forward to reading the next book of the trilogy to see how the author's imagination can take me further into the future. 5.0 out of 5 stars - A case if life imitating art? 27 Nov 2011 - By Ararat Recent events certainly add plausibility to an entertaining plot that unfolds with increasing rapidity from within a believable real world setting. In fact the way events are unfolding around the world at present makes me wonder if the author has actually understated things here: surely a first for the genre. Well written with unusually well rounded characters. Although a complete novel in its own right a startling plot development towards the end make it obvious why this has to the first volume of a trilogy. Bring it on! 5.0 out of 5 stars - A very plausible plot, 24 Nov 2011 - By J. Chapman "John Chapman" (UK) A very enjoyable book which in view of recent discoveries becomes very believable. For Tachyon read neutrino. It seems they can travel faster than light and if that's so then they will possibly travel back in time. The main characters are well thought out although believing a banker wouldn't... Well I'll leave you to find out about that. I for one will look forward to the next instalment in the trilogy. 4.0 out of 5 stars. - Well-written, near-future sci-fi, 19 Nov 2011 - By Andrew Ives (Atur, France) One of the main things that struck me about this book was how well-proofread and well- written it is for an indie publication. The story itself moved along at a reasonable pace and the characters had some depth to them. I also liked how it was set (at least the sample part was) in London, in areas that are familiar to me and rang true. Enjoyable. -- SOME SAMPLE REVIEWS OF DREAMS OF YESTERDAY FROM AMAZON: Entertaining speculative sci-fi - March 24, 2013 - By Lord Dude What would you do if you could change the past? Would you dare to? What problems would you envisage in such a world? These are questions that are dealt with in this trilogy. The author delves into some more than others, but hey he's the author and has that right. The premise does make you think though. At least it did me as to what kind of world do I want to leave to those after me. 5.0 out of 5 stars - A really enjoyable trilogy, 24 Oct 2013 - By Mr. B. Scott "Nosquirrels" (North Yorkshire United Kingdom) Bought and read all the three books one after the other and enjoyed the tale a lot. All revolves around sending messages to yourself and actually receiving them in the past. It sound quite confusing but it is explained quite well in the first book. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Very,very good, 13 July 2013 - By Norman Conquest (Reading, UK) I thoroughly enjoyed this second part of the trilogy. Echoes of Arthur C. Clarke's warnings from extraterrestrials, but more relevant to today's world and, for me, absolutely right in the Aethers' condemnation of capitalism. Well done, Mr. Beresford. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Proper Skiffy, 5 April 2013 - By Stuart It is difficult to review the second book in the Yesterday trilogy without giving away plot spoilers, and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprises for anyone! My praise is much the same as for the first book: this is a heavyweight novel which deals with big ideas around the society, the environment and the way we choose to run our world, but written in a very accessible way. This isn't modern sci-fi with space battles and lasers, it's a properly thought-out consideration of what our near future might well be like. These have to be read in order so get Call Me Yesterday if you haven't already and enjoy! 5.0 out of 5 stars - Better and Better, 17 Jan 2013 - By Wightlady I loved this book. It is so clever, and so detailed that you have to believe the author knows what he is talking about. Armed with the knowledge of the plot of Call Me Yesterday, some of the scenarios were predictable, but no less enjoyable. I now have Beyond Yesterday, and am saving it for a short holiday later this month. This trilogy wouldn't be difficult to make into a film or three, perhaps for TV ? 5.0 out of 5 stars - Thought provoking, exciting and a good read, 20 July 2012 - By Hurtlemurtle (Sussex, UK) The second book in the trilogy.... and the story moves on. It is utterly convincing and feels as if it is really happening, and now. The author has an uncanny knack of being in line with real live world events which is a bit unnerving but adds to the excitement. This would make such a good film if that isn't an insult to this very well crafted written work. Read the first book and then the second, it is well worth it. I await the third book with eager anticipation. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Impressed, 14 Jun 2012 - By Nick J D It makes more sense to have read the first part of this series but it is not essential. A thoroughly enjoyable read and, as in the part one, so very close to the here and now. How Mr Beresford manages to be just ahead of the news again (riots in some capital cities, news manipulated) in this volume I do not know; or, actually, perhaps we do ;-). Even stronger writing in this volume. The story builds gradually, then you realise the storyline is moving at breakneck speed - or perhaps I was just so keen to find out what happened next. Inventive and imaginative writing. I think I mentioned before - a Hollywood film version cannot be far away surely I cannot wait for part three. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Well how would the real world cope? Probably like this! 28 April 2012 - By Ararat An intriguing follow-up to Beresford's first novel in the trilogy (Call me Yesterday) and certainly a change of pace - but be prepared to pause and think periodically. This is not a comic book read. Based on the concepts and characters introduced in first book the `law of unexpected consequences' takes over here, building relentlessly into a worryingly credible scenario, in terms of how we, and our real world institutions, would react faced with a dilemma of such unimaginable proportions. The resonances with current events in respect of principle versus national interest and the integrity of the media are uncanny. I certainly don't regret sticking with this author on what is an ambitious venture - the style improves along with the pace, but having read the first book I can't comment on how this reads as a stand-alone novel. Taken together they provide a thought provoking as well as a page turning experience. -- SOME REVIEWS OF BEYOND YESTERDAY FROM AMAZON: 5.0 out of 5 stars - Recently read - Good story January 13, 2013 - By Nick J D This, the final part of the trilogy, is even stronger than the previous two parts. In a week when it was announced that it is believed there may be 17 billion earth like planets in the Milky Way alone, the issues raised in this trilogy could well be upon us reasonably soon. If anything, the writing is more fluent than the first two parts and the characterisation is given more depth. The story lines reach their climaxes elegantly with pace and dramatic action. I would recommend reading all three parts in order. Although this final part could be read as a separate story a lot of the background, build up and unfolding of the issues would be missed. I recommend the trilogy to all sci-fi fans and to all readers who like to have their thoughts provoked by a thoroughly good read. I still firmly believe that this would make a great film. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Really excellent conclusion to the trilogy, 10 April 2013 - By Stuart If you've already read the other two books in the series, you're in for a treat as events come to a head. If not - go read them first! It's difficult to review the third book of a trilogy without giving anything away so I'm being deliberately vague. The pace really picks up in Beyond Yesterday to give an exciting conclusion to events but Beresford never loses sight of the serious sociological and environmental issues that brought us here. This trilogy is a warning - as if one were needed after the crash of 2008! - of where we might well be headed in the very near future and also a cracking story of bravery and high principles. 5.0 out of 5 stars - The Best Yet ! 18 Feb 2013 - By Wightlady I tore through this book and was totally wrapped up in it. What a clever and imaginative plot, with an unexpected swerve towards the end. Good luck to all the characters for an uncertain future. As I read, I was thinking "If only this were our future", but two thirds of the way through I had changed my mind, and I think we are fine the way we are, thanks very much. But I want a 'factory' ! Well done to this new author - I shall be looking out for his next book. 5.0 out of 5 stars - Worth the wait!, 27 Dec 2012 - By Hurtlemurtle (Sussex, UK) I read the first of the trilogy on recommendation; as female and a non-sci-fi reader I probably don't fit the usual demographic but thought I would break the reading habits of a lifetime and give it a go. I am very pleased that I did. I was then intrigued and read the second book just to see what happened to the characters as they developed. So, having just completed the third book I can shout out loud that I have been hooked into the extraordinary world that has evolved through the three stages of this story. I don't want to spoil it for anyone new to these well written and interesting tales...but suffice to say the author's take on what happens globally when the world's social, political and economic systems collapse and humans are liberated from "feeding the machine of the economy" and inequalities and discontent become things of the past is convincingly constructed and plausible. I really enjoyed this book and it comes highly recommended and is a real page turner. I do suggest the books are read in order, as a trilogy. The build up of the story is well worth it. Professional Magazine Review Sussex Living Magazine - Book Review - by Hanna Lindon Call Me Yesterday by Tim Beresford A timely sense of economic unease runs through the heart of local author Tim Beresford's punchy sci-fi trilogy, which takes an insightful look at the relationship between cutting-edge science and the global financial system. Call Me Yesterday is the first book in the series. It follows Mark Wright, a banking whizz with a degree in Astrophysics, who finds himself embroiled in the murky world of pan-dimensional communication when his ex-girlfriend begins working as a technician for Physics professor Mason Tyler. Unbeknown to the wider scientific community, Tyler has discovered the existence of faster-than-light particles and worked out how to use them to send messages back in time. He intends to establish an early warning system that will alert the world to future natural disasters - but his plans are put on hold when Mark points out the disastrous implications for the financial markets. With the help of a small band of friends, the two embark on an ingenious deception that will use Tyler's discovery to save lives without revealing its true nature. As media interest builds around the project, calamity appears to strike - but all is not as it seems… Written with obsessive attention to detail, Call Me Yesterday brings a sense of gritty realism to its sci-fi material. Occasional overuse of academic language and the odd stilted conversation doesn't detract from the main themes: the flaws inherent in our present economic system and the double-edged sword presented by many major new scientific discoveries. While the seemingly unimpeachable morality of all the main characters sometimes has you praying for a real villain, the plot is anything but predictable, and the twist at the end comes as a genuine surprise. Beresford's years spent working with systems for financial analysis in the City of London positions him perfectly to grapple with some technically challenging issues, and the next two books in the trilogy go on to address social and environmental as well as economic dilemmas. Science Fiction aficionados will find plenty to like here, but if you generally stay away from the genre, then give this book a chance - it might just surprise you.