Blog Tour – The Punch Escrow

Posted August 1, 2017 by Jess in Book Tour, books, jess, Playlist / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour  – The Punch EscrowThe Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
Published by Geek & Sundry on July 25, 2017
Genres: Sci-fi, Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 319
Format: Print, Paperback
Source: the publisher
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It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure, Arrival... Delight!

Joel Byram is an average twenty-second-century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave music and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

“Klein transports us to a beautifully rendered near-future world. This is refreshingly original and immersive hard sci-fi. You’ll turn the last page and yearn for Joel Byram’s next chapter.”  
—Ben Brock Johnson, host of Codebreaker podcast and NPR Marketplace Tech

“An alt-futuristic hard-science thriller with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. I couldn’t put it down.” 
—Felicia Day, author of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

“A compelling, approachable human narrative wrapped around a classic hard sci-fi nugget, The Punch Escrow dives into deep philosophical territory—the ethical limits of technology, and what it means to be human. Cinematically paced yet filled with smart asides, Klein’s Punch pulls off the slick trick of giving readers plenty to think about in a suspenseful, entertaining package.” 
—Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica

“If I lived in the world of The Punch Escrow, I’d teleport around the world shoving copies of Tal M. Klein’s thrilling, hilarious and whip-smart debut into everyone’s hands. Save me the trip—and buy this novel now.” 
—Duane Swierczynski, author of Revolver and the bestselling Level 26 series

“A fast-paced near-future sci-fi adventure peppered with exotic technology and cultural references ranging from Karma Chameleonto the Ship of Theseus, The Punch Escrow will have you rooting for its plucky, sarcastic hero as he bounces between religious fanatics, secret agents, corporate hacks and megalomaniacs in a quest to get his life back. If you’ve ever wanted to get Scotty drunk and ask him some tough questions about how those transporters work exactly, The Punch Escrow is the book for you.” 
—Robert Kroese, author of The Big Sheep and its sequel, The Last Iota

“This book angered me to my core, because it’s based on an idea that should have occurred to me. The fact that Tal executed it so well, and made such a page-turner out of it, just adds insult to injury.”
—Scott Meyer, author of the Magic 2.0 series

“A headlong ride through a future where ‘huge international corporate conspiracy’ is a box you check on a form and teleportation takes you anywhere—it just blows you to bits first.”
—Quentin Hardy, Head of Editorial, Google Cloud (formerly Deputy Tech Editor for The New York Times)

“Some writers take us to the future so we can question the effects that technology can have on humanity on a global and personal scale along with the impact upon the social fabric. Others do it to take us on a wild ride made all the more fantastic by pushing the boundaries of what we can expect from the world of tomorrow. Tal Klein masterfully balances both and sets it all to the beat of an 80s soundtrack. An excellent piece of contemporary science fiction.” 
—J-F. Dubeau, author of A God in the Shed and The Life Engineered


Author’s Playlist

Find the entire playlist on YouTube!

1. “Situation” by Yazoo
2. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by Eurythmics
3.  “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads
4. “Kamra Chameleon” by Culture Club
5. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby
6. “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk
7. “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100
8. “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora
9. “Bette Davis Eyes”e by Kim Carnes
10. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
11. “Take On Me “ by a-ha
12. “Doctor! Doctor!” by Thompson Twins
13. “One Thing Leads To Another” by The Fixx
14. “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League
15. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
16. “Jeopardy” by Greg Kihn Band
17. “Oh L’amour” by Erasure
18. “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

 


Check out the rest of the tour!

Week 1:

7/31: Swoony Boys Podcast – Q&A

8/1: Such A Novel Idea – Playlist

8/2: Wandering Bark Books – Guest Post

8/3: Book Stacks Amber – Review

8/4: The Fake Steph – Q&A

Week 2:

8/7: The Hardcover Lover – Guest Post

8/8: Lisa Loves Literature – Q&A

8/9: Pondering the Prose – Review

8/10: Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

8/11: Emily Reads Everything – Review

About Tal M. Klein

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When his daughter Iris was five years old, she wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter —something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction Publishing contest, and will be the first book published on Inkshares’ Geek & Sundry imprint.

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