The last unregulated vortex in the galaxy is located in the Red Rock mountains of an out-of-the-way world called Earth. Refuge to outlaws, space pirates, and deserters from the Light Wars, Red Rock is the place where a captain of an interstellar vessel can warp through the vortex to go back in time. Some do so to right a wrong, some for vengeance, and some to thwart death…chrono-repercussions be damned.
Okay, Hacker can cope with anything but meeting Ellen, the woman who willingly throws herself through time sends him into something he's never before experienced, panic! Ellen is his, Ellen may not want to agree but Hacker will use all his skills to protect her; however, what if he makes a dangerous mistake and changes time?
There are lots of interesting ideas thrown around as Ms Kellison puts her characters firmly in the crosshairs of time travel and its possible repercussions. Without giving too much away, it's fair to say that like ripples on water the effects can reverberate in untold ways and those who work for Verum understand this. Unfortunately, the Pact guys do seem to repeatedly take chances without fully understanding the cost and yet again, things don't quite go to plan.
I did enjoy Paradox and actually thought the paradox of the title turned out to be pretty cool. I particularly liked the way the author chose to end it as I could imagine all manner of possibilities. However, the romance didn't quite seem convincing to me. I understood that Ellen, having traveled forward in time, previously knew about her mating but her obvious reluctance seemed to be overcome very easily.
Yes, it's a short story but unfortunately the pace of the romance felt a little off in my opinion. Still it was an interesting idea and the concept was explained very well. Is this the end? I hope not and will continue to look for Ms Kellison's stories.
I voluntarily read Paradox and my thoughts are my honest opinion.