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Ness Relevant is living on borrowed time. Molecular implosion, cellular degeneration, and dangerous men are but a few of the perils faced by the friendly and unassuming forensic photographer.

His quiet bachelorhood is interrupted when he receives an innocent looking device in the mail from a friend and former college professor. Ness unexpectedly finds himself embroiled in events driven by his friend's success.

This device is the focal point of a struggle that could overturn the whole world should Ness or his friend’s invention fall prey to greedy men. Before his time runs out Ness must travel back to an uncomfortable past to prevent an unthinkable future.

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  • Prologue and Chapter 1 – Dr. Francis Bertrand is working on modifications to a PDA with unusual properties when his work is interrupted by a visitor. A week later, Paul Robbins and John Felch, executives at Intellisys Research, deal with the sudden disappearance of Bertrand and his device.

  • Chapters 2, 3, and 4 – Dr. Bertrand suffers an unusual end. Glenn intercepts the officers responding to the subsequent 9-1-1 call. Ness Relevant works a murder scene at a local water park, and a little of his past is revealed.

  • Chapters 5, 6, and 7 – Glenn attempts to retrieve the PDA using his many skills and talents.

  • Chapters 8 and 9 – Ness receives the PDA in the mail from Dr. Bertrand. He discovers it is a time machine. While experimenting with it, he finds he and the PDA are the objects of a desperate search by Glenn and his goons.

  • Chapters 10 and 11 – Ness attempts to escape Glenn and his men.

  • Chapters 12, 13, and 14 – Ness has a run-in with one of Glenn’s thugs at the mall and attempts to escape through a clever use of the PDA.

  • Chapters 15, 16, and 17 – Ness returns to 1987 and his old college campus to meet with a younger Dr. Bertrand.

  • Chapters 18 and 19 –Ness travels further back in time to meet with the older Dr. Bertrand and learns more about the men who are chasing them.

  • Chapters 20, 21, and 22 – Ness learns what this adventure is costing his friend, and returns to 2008 to search the doctor’s house.

  • Chapters 23, 24, and 25 – Ness is on the run again with Glenn hot on his heels, but manages to gain a little time and distance in an unusual manner.

  • Chapters 26, 27, and 28 – Ness returns to Dr. Bertrand’s house, and witnesses the event that embroiled him in his friend’s affairs.

  • Chapters 29 – While Ness is searching Dr. Bertrand’s lab, Glenn and Paul catch up with him at last.

  • Chapters 30 – Ness uses the device one more time for some basic housecleaning, and discovers an unexpected consequence to his travels.

This book was fantastic! i've always been a fan of time travel stories, and this one thoroughly enjoyed! I look forward to reading your other works. Thanks for sharing!
No worries, Alex! If my reading style isn't your thing, Borrowed Time is also available as an ebook. ;-) Thanks for trying it out.
forget I said that. -.- I'm sorry Keith Hughs!
I'm sure this is such a great novel, but I had to stop listening halfway through episode 2 because the reading is awful. I'll try to listen to this in the future, see if i can take his unenthusiastic voice. Keith Hughs has made a great novel, but failed to ...
I really enjoy this story. I really loved the way you explained time-travel and the resolutions to potential paradoxes provided. The fact that Ness was able to changed his past just enough to ensure a good outcome without destroying the entire time-line was nice ending.
I saw the review done by Odin1eye http://www.viewfromvalhalla.com/2012/02/27/podcast-review-121-borrowed-time/ and remembered what a great story this was. I enjoyed the explanaition of the actual time travel and how the interaction between Ness and himself was handled. Thank you for making it available here for us to listen to.
Enjoyed the book -- the dramatic tension was really successful in drawing me in. I particularly liked the characterisation of the mentor - friend relationship between the professor and our hero, Ness. Looking forward to more podcasts from this author.
I really enjoyed the story. Your reading was good and gave the story a continuity.
Well written, and very well read. I found it thoroughly entertaining and would recommend it without hesitation. I'd certainly look forward to anything else Mr. Hughes creates.
I had downloaded all episodes and then listened to all over a couple of days. I liked the plot and would listen to another story from this author. I am not sure about the reading. The voice was deliberate but not very exciting. I believe the most successful podcast novels ...

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