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Touted as “The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Bourne Identity,” Julie Cross’ action-packed debut novel Tempest (out Jan. 17) has already been optioned for film by Summit. The first of a trilogy, the book centers on Jackson Meyer, a 19-year-old college student who’s fairly normal except for the fact that he’s unstuck in time — he finds himself able to travel to the past, but usually only for a short chronological distance. His quirk, while highly unusual, is something he’s able to have fun with until 2009, when his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot by intruders. In a panic, Jackson leaps all the way back to 2007, and unlike his usual time-jumps, he can’t get back to the present. He falls in love with 2007 Holly all over again and tries to protect her as the people who shot her in 2009 come looking for them again.

Tempest is already one of publisher Thomas Dunne Books’ most anticipated titles of 2012. Interested? Take a look at the teaser below:

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