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In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops - Audio Book Tour

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Author: Nathan Van Coops

Narrator: Neil Hellegers

Series: In Times Like These, Book 1

Publisher: Skylighter Press

Released: Sep. 12, 2016

Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction; Time Travel

They have a dangerous past. They just haven't lived it yet.

"We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?"

Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What's worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they're not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

Action heats up in this first book of the time travel adventure series.
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Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as “dressy” flip-flops. He is the author of three time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, The Chronothon, and The Day After Never. You can also check out his sci-fi sky pirate adventure, Faster Than Falling.
Narrator Bio

Neil hails from the green hills and not-so-busy streets of River Vale, NJ, where he divided his time between theatre, literature, percussion, and policy debate. He is happy to note that he has managed to maintain this balance for the entirety of his adult life.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Psychology, Neil acquired a M.F.A in Acting from the Trinity Rep Conservatory, in Providence, RI. He returned to NYC in 2003, and, since then, has made a career of theatrical performance, percussion, theatre education, and audiobook narration, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, rambunctious son, and their mutt!

Starting his professional acting career working at festivals and and international tours performing Shakespeare opened his mind to the sweeping potential of theatre in performance to inspire and delight, a sensibility he has carried into contemporary theatre, new play workshops, film, TV and commercial work, and audiobook narration. Neil also has sought and developed educational opportunities, considering teaching as a means of advancing the craft of both student and teacher, and also a vehicle for social and political change. Neil has played drums in a wide variety of bands and musical groups, from punk, to prog, to jazz, to folk, and in theatrical performance, most notably for the Philly-based-90s-progressive-instrumental-rock-band, Lexicon.

As an audiobook narrator, Neil specializes in fiction, genre and non. A voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, Neil strives to bring the same thrill of the possible to the actual, with non-fiction ranging from self-help both spiritual and practical, history, and cultural studies. Recording at home from a Studiobricks One Plus, he is an Audible Approved Producer, and has worked for numerous publishers, including Tantor Media, Penguin Random House Audio, Blackstone Audio, Audible Studios, Deyan Audio, Spoken Realms, and more. He is a proud member of SAG AFTRA.

Q&A with Protagonist Ben Travers
  • Today we are sitting down with time traveler Ben Travers. Ben, how are you liking 2018?
    • Ben: It’s no a bad year overall. I have been living in 2009 until recently so it’s amazing to see all the changes that happened in under a decade. Lots more craft breweries in town all of a sudden. Beards came back in a huge way, tattoo sleeves also. These are all things that 2009 was definitely missing. It’s fun seeing the way the city has grown, but the Rays made the World Series in 2008. Still wishing that would happen again. Have to wait for next decade.
  • You’ve been a time traveler now for quite a while. How is it affecting your day to day?
    • Ben: It’s an amazing adventure. It’s got its hazards of course, but the payoffs are big. Did you know that you can get food delivered by time travel in the mid 22nd century? It’s a big financial win being a time traveler as well. I don’t have to worry about money anymore. People think it’s all about winning bets at racetracks or winning the lottery but it’s much easier than all that. Stock market is a pretty sure bet but you can even save on little things. I heard they just raised the price of stamps again this year. I can get you rolls of Forever Stamps from 2007 and save you tons of cash. At least for as long as the Post Office stays a thing.
  • What’s your favorite place you’ve visited as a time traveler?
    • Ben: Hard to choose. I’ve seen a lot, even outer space. A little too much of that actually. I’ve really enjoyed checking out the future, seeing how connected everyone becomes once the metaspace becomes a reality. People being able to communicate easily without language barriers is amazing, and of course AI persons are incredible to talk to. I’ll still always have a soft spot for the past, though. There’s something to be said for understanding how to disconnect and just be yourself in a wild and beautiful world.
  • What is something that has surprised you about the past or future?
    • Ben: How similar we all are. We think we are different and that the problems we are facing in any given present are the most important and most unique ones. When you time travel you realize that each generation goes through the same basic struggles of transitioning from child to parent to grandparent etc. It’s been going on and will keep going on. We just express it differently over the years. We all live the same journey no matter which century it’s in and no matter if we actually have children or not. It’s the same journey we’ve all been on as a species for a hundred thousand years. Once you see the big picture it becomes a lot easier to step in and out of different times and to always be able to relate to people at a level we all experience.
  • What’s your favorite thing about time travel?
    • Ben: Cheating death. Not personally. You still have to die eventually but death loses a lot of its sting when you realize it’s just the last page of a book. With time travel you can reopen someone’s book and pop back to say hi anytime you like. All of us who have gotten to be alive are part of this indelible fabric of the universe now. We can never be erased. I think that’s pretty cool. It’s nice to know that anyone who ever lived or will live is out there right now if I want to go visit. They’re just around the bend. Makes you really appreciate what a gift this all is.
  • What’s your best advice for non-time travelers?
    • Ben: Pay attention to the year you are in and remember it. Some time travelers would pay big bucks to come visit the time you are in right now. It may not seem like much since you are in it and don’t have any other options, but one day you will look back on today and wish you could visit again. Time traveler or not, today is the youngest you’ll ever be for the rest of your life. And if you’ve made it this far, you are out of reach of the past. Every day you wake up can be the start of something new and good. Time really is the most precious thing we have. Don’t waste it by being anything other than your best self.

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