Series: 7 Hours #3
Published by Tyndale on April 2012
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Speculative
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QUICK HIT – Seven Hours is a omnibus of seven novellas that center around seven individuals given seven more hours of life, either in the past or the present. Teardrop by Travis Thrasher is a story about one man's chance to go back to the most important day of his life and save that which is most dear to him.
Thomas Constant, Time personified, has made a deal with Death. Seven people get a chance to relive the last seven hours of life, live for seven more hours in the future, or simply refuse and die. The choice is theirs, but whatever the results at the end of seven hours they will be taken to their final moments of life. The 7 Hours omnibus is truly a unique and inventive approach to storytelling. Seven novellas, seven authors, seven explorations of what men and women would do if they knew their death was imminent. Read one or read all seven, but if you allow yourself just one I think you’ll find yourself hooked.
Escapement by Rene Gutteridge
TEARDROP BY TRAVIS THRASHER
Recollection by Tom Pawlik
Whole Pieces by Ronie Kendig
All of Our Dreams by James Andrew Wilson
The Last Night of Alton Webber by Robin Parrish
Michael Harden was going to die. It’s why Constant was there, after all. And like the others he would be granted seven hours. Seven crucial hours. With his life flashing before him, Mike makes a decision. He would take the seven hours. Relive the seven hours just after his wedding. And murder the man who would kill his bride.
Mike almost doesn’t believe it will happen but in a flash, there he is at the altar, reliving one of the most important moments of his life. Going back in time is disorienting. He’s now a fortysomething trapped in the body of a twentysomething, looking at his new wife knowing that in a few years she’d be brutally murdered by someone here at the wedding. Seven hours for revenge, seven hours to change his history, seven hours to save his wife.
As any regular reader of this website will tell you, Travis Thrasher is one of my favorite authors for his writing style and insistence on staying out of the box. Taking on a project like 7 Hours even further cements Travis in that out of the box category. Thrasher plays his theme well, drawing the reader in and placing him in Mike’s shoes. Humorously, Travis also includes a couple signature Thrasherisms that his fans are sure to notice (bonus points if you notice them).
Altogether, Teardrop is one of my favorite of the seven novellas. The theme is poignant and Thrasher’s writing is solid. Thrasher handles the short form well and his characterization is great. This is one to pick up.
Q&A with Travis Thrasher
Josh: How did you get involved with the Seven Hours project?