Masters of the Broken Watches, by Razi Imam, blends myth, scientific discovery, and friendship for an optimistic mystery adventure across the globe.
The book is mostly a science fiction adventure, with the descriptive style of almost a travelogue, and a quiet love story in the background. Beautiful descriptions bring to life a Vietnamese fishing village, high-tech labs, an underground lake, a mysterious reef, and many other exotic locations. The science-fiction part of the story focuses on the discovery of a time particle with mysterious powers, a fish known as Isikhahti Isilwandle to the early Zulus. This time anomaly also connects with Mayan myth, creating the intriguing sense that what these characters have uncovered taps into both science and ancient knowledge. And throughout the book, the gentle love between a fisherman and his wife shines through.
At the beginning of the novel, Sebastian has studied evolution for years, risking his safety to collect samples and working nights to prove his hypothesis, but when his boss steals credit for the resulting discovery, he considers leaving research entirely. An old colleague reaches out with a surprising new opportunity, promising scientific inquiry with a warm spirit of collaboration and an intriguing specimen, and Sebastian finds himself on a team investigating the mysterious time particle.