DeFilippis, Christopher

Quantum Leap: Foreknowledge
by Christopher DeFilippis
(Quantum Leap Novel Series, Book 16)
Reviewed by Joshua Palmatier

Okay, I watched every episode of Quantum Leap when it came out and recently bought all of the DVDs just because. At the time the books came out, I also bought all of the books. I got around to reading about half of them and decided that it was time to start reading those that I hadn’t gotten to yet. Thus, I picked up Quantum Leap: Foreknowledge by Christopher DeFilippis.

I have to say, I loved this book. It brought back all of the great qualities of the show, the ones that made me fall in love with Sam Beckett and Al, with Ziggy and Gooshie, with… well, with everything. As I read the book, I could hear the theme music to the show playing softly in the back of my head.

The basic premise is that Sam leaps OUT of Ann Marie after having her go to the FBI to expose her boss as a smuggler and get him sent to prison. The only problem is that Ann Marie herself is hip deep in the smuggling operation as well, which Sam knows, so when Ann Marie returns to her body she finds herself on her way to prison for a confession mitigated by cooperation with the FBI that she doesn’t remember giving. As her memories of Project Quantum Leap begin to return, she vows revenge for whoever put her in prison, namely Sam Beckett.

In the meantime, Sam has leaped into a mud wrestler. Oh, boy. *grin* His plot revolves around a small community that wants to ban the business, even though it’s on the outskirts of town and doesn’t actively try to draw the locals into the club. Sam attempts to save the club, of course. The only problem is that he doesn’t have Al to help him much because Ann Marie’s plan to kill Sam Beckett is playing havoc with the time stream and creating massive problems for Ziggy and those at Project Quantum Leap.

As usual, there’s the typical humor, the usual snafus, the great interplay between Sam and Al, Al and everybody, and some good tension as Al attempts to save Sam from Ann Marie and Sam attempts to save the mud wrestling club without any help.

The book was well paced and just damn fun to read, bringing back great memories of a show that I wouldn’t mind seeing rebooted. Hell, we’re rebooting every movie imaginable, even rebooting movies that have already been rebooted within the past 10 years. Why not a great TV show? I’m not sure it would have the same flavor as the original, though, without Scott Bakula (Sam) and Dean Stockwell (Al).

But if you want to relive the show, go through all that nostalgia, pick up this book… or any of the other Quantum Leap books, really. I’m sure they can be found in used bookstores, if they haven’t been released as e-books yet.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The entire Quantum Leap novel series can be found on Amazon. Check out our Book Spotlight for links and info on all of the books.

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Joshua Palmatier (aka Benjamin Tate) is a fantasy writer with DAW Books, with two series on the shelf, a few short stories, and is co-editor with Patricia Bray of two anthologies. Check out the Throne of Amenkor trilogy—The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne, and The Vacant Throne—under the Joshua Palmatier name. And look for the Well series—Well of Sorrows and the just-released Leaves of Flame—by Benjamin Tate. Short stories are included in the anthologies Close Encounters of the Urban Kind (edited by Jennifer Brozek), Beauty Has Her Way (Jennifer Brozek), and River (Alma Alexander). And the two anthologies he’s co-edited are After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar and the upcoming The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity (March 2012). Find out more about both names at www.joshuapalmatier.com and www.benjamintate.com, as well as on Facebook, LiveJournal (jpsorrow), and Twitter (bentateauthor).