So today is my stop on the blog tour for Million Eyes by C. R. Berry, a big thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
This book is completely out of my comfort zone so let’s start by telling you what Million Eyes is about…
How do you fight an enemy who has a million eyes?
What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen?
Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348.
Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them.
Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.
I loved this book so much more than I expected! I will be completely honest with you as I always am, I’ve never read time travel before so I had really low expectations going into this book as I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it. Oh boy was I wrong!! There was so much going on that I struggled putting the book down. We travel through time ourselves seeing major historical events such as the Black Death and the terror caused by Jack the Ripper. This story is so complex and the author did an amazing job of making sure that there were no lose ends, I loved seeing elements come together.
I loved the cheeky bit at the ending where it was insinuating that something which has happened in our real life (and is very controversial) was the result of something being changed through the timeline in the book. It sounds confusing but I really loved that added quirk, it also makes you wonder if time travel really could exist and we just don’t know about it. With the current state of the worlds politics who knows, maybe something did go wrong down the line.
This is such a clever and fast-paced book that completely took me by surprise, I loved it!
So who is C. R. Berry?
C.R. Berry caught the writing bug at the tender age of four and has never recovered. His earliest stories were filled with witches, monsters, evil headteachers, Disney characters and the occasional Dalek. He realised pretty quickly that his favourite characters were usually the villains. He wonders if that’s what led him to become a criminal lawyer. It’s certainly why he’s taken to writing conspiracy thrillers, where the baddies are numerous and everywhere.
After a few years getting a more rounded view of human nature’s darker side, he quit lawyering and turned to writing full-time. He now works as a freelance copywriter and novelist and blogs about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness.
He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition.
He grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey.
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