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Author: Julie Cross Narrator: Matthew Brown Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tempest Trilogy Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781427223135
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In Julie Cross' Tempest, the year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he's in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it's not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it's just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he's stuck in 2007 and can't get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it's not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these "Enemies of Time" will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he's willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A good thriller moves forward at high speed, but only a superlative thriller can take you on a breathtaking journey through the fourth dimension. Julie Cross's ingenious story is vividly imagined and splendidly rendered, hitting just the right notes with liberal doses of suspense, intrigue, and romance. Throw in a pitch-perfect cast of engaging characters, and you've got a blockbuster young adult debut that will keep readers glued to the pages. Sophie Littlefield, Award-Winning author of BANISHED
  • For time traveler Jackson Meyer, the past is the key to his increasingly dangerous future. But who can he trust? The CIA? His mysterious father? Or his conspiracy-theory addicted best friend? A maze of ingenious twists and turns, TEMPEST takes you on a magic carpet ride that will have you flipping pages to the end. Jana Oliver, author of THE DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER

  • “Matthew Brown narrates the extraordinary events of Jackson's life in the same tone and pace that he delivers the ordinary ones, lending authenticity to this mix of mystery, science fiction, and everyday teen experiences. AudioFile Magazine

  • I have seen the future and it is Jackson Meyer! I loved Julie Cross's engrossing and engaging TEMPEST. If I could time-jump, I'd read the sequel yesterday at the very latest. Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the CRUSADE series
  • Julie Cross's thrilling debut is brimming with excitement, romance, and intrigue. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Beth Revis, New York Times-bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
  • Once I started TEMPEST, I couldn't put it down. Once I finished TEMPEST, I was dying for the next installment. Julie Cross takes readers on an unforgettable trip through time in this inventive, suspenseful and romantic tale. A thrilling debut from a fantastic new voice. Courtney Summers, Award-Winning author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sannasue | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoy reading time travel stories, and this one offered a different take on it. It did get a little simplistic in some situations, and I was frustrated with the whole 'who are the good guys', but overall it was a pretty gripping story. Definitely PG-13. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shreya | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this book. The time traveling wasn't hard to understand. I liked the characters a lot. It was interesting to see how a certain character was different in the past compared to Jackson's 2009 understanding of them. Some parts were funny and other parts were frustrating. The ending is where all the shit goes down. I really need to read the sequel so I know what happens to Jackson next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mabeling | 2/11/2014

    " This book is very exciting and fast paced. I could not put it down from the moment I started it. I liked that it is not the traditional time travel story. Although, it did get a bit confusing at points especially towards the end. The ending was disappointing because there really isn't anything final. I usually judge a book by its ending so I really have to wait for the next book in the series to come out next year before I am totally convinced. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 2/4/2014

    " I liked this book. It moved really fast and I liked the characters in the book. I have read other books with this same idea of time travel and I really liked the way this author took it and made it interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kya | 1/22/2014

    " I thought the idea of the story, the whole plot of it, was good. however, the more I read the more confused I got. I had to put the book away because I just couldn't keep up anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/17/2014

    " Part sci-fi novel, part spy novel, this book was a great read. Even if it did make my head hurt from time to time. The physics behind time travel tends to do that to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rab | 1/12/2014

    " I liked this book and I didn't cringe when I read it. However I didn't feel much else for it. If your looking for something to read and you see it lying on a self, I wouldn't advice you not to read it, however don't be expected to get blown away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/7/2013

    " Brillant time travel novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/23/2013

    " Romantic sci-fi with characters that seemed very real. It started out strong, got a little bogged down with the time travel in the middle, but ended on a high note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 9/17/2013

    " Hmmm kinda bummed out withe the ending... otherwise really good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 6/11/2013

    " I love time travel books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 4/17/2013

    " Very interesting. Still have lots of questions. But I think by the end I was finally starting to understand how his time traveling worked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 10/13/2012

    " Anyone who has seen or even heard of the movie The Butterfly Effect won't need to read this book. Hopefully the next book in the series will be better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, time travel is one of my favorite subjects. Not only is there plenty of redheads in this book, it is movie worthy! I would love to see this made into a movie very soon, and I would love to read the next book. Very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 4/13/2012

    " Such an intricately spun story. I mean how did Julie keep all that straight!? Grr. Why does this have to be a series? I have zero patience for waiting til the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 2/20/2012

    " Oh Man! Now I have to wait for the next one.....Why did I pick up yet another series???? I am interested to see where the author is going with the concept of the book. Guess I am waiting until next year. "

About the Author

Julie Cross lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never considered writing professionally until May of 2009. Since then, she hasn’t gone a day without writing.

About the Narrator

Matthew Brown has voiceover experience in many different areas, including national and regional commercials, audiobooks, ESL, feature film ADR/looping, and animated projects both feature film and television. His narration credits include Matthew Dicks’ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and Mary E. Pearson’s Fox series.