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   Jeff Winston is a middle aged man who has a heart attack and wakes up twenty-five years earlier in the past. He awakens to discover he has the knowledge of the future and only he seems to remember it. Along the way he changes history and makes thought provoking choices and meditations on those choices.
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   He dies again at the same age twenty five years later and has to relive it all again. After a while these cycles, or replays, begin to drive Jeff over the edge. Later he connects to another replayer as they have a beautiful affair throughout time.
   There is a problem with the fact that every replay shortens and Jeff's attempts to understand the replay anamoly with the other replayer he loves gets frustrating and puts them at odds at times.
They make the most of their time together and form an amazing bond.
Their is a fear that when the replays play out that the cycle will end and Jeff will die for good. He won't know until the end and either will the reader who will definitely be compelled by this fascinating and thought provoking book.

The review of this Book prepared by Darren DeBari

At forty-three, Jeff Winston feels trapped in an unhappy marriage and dead-end job. Then one day he suffers a fatal heart attack -- only to awaken in 1963 as his eighteen-year-old self with all his adult memories still intact. Armed with his financial knowledge of the next twenty-five years, Jeff "replays" his life as a hedonistic playboy. Everything is perfect -- until Jeff turns forty-three again, dies, and finds himself back in 1963. As Jeff ponders the possibilities of multiple lifetimes, he encounters another "replayer" and attempts to discover the secret behind "replaying" -- and its purpose.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael Jung

Jeff Winston, 43, has just died of a heart attack. However, instead of 'resting in peace' he becomes a 'replayer', that is, someone who repeats his life over and over again. While Jeff replays his life, he makes different changes in it along the way, and discovers how his life before he died plays a part in the life that he keeps reliving.
The review of this Book prepared by Debra Kelley

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   1960's-1980's

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   orgies    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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