|Sam has leapt from Ann-Marie Renerie into Candy
Apple (Sarah Bullock), a female mud wrestler. Sam
moves on with his assignment for this leap, which involves keeping the club where
Sams host works open. Little does he
know that Ann-Marie remembers him, is angry about the way things have turned out and wants
him dead. Back at the Project, Al is trying
to figure out what is happening with Ann-Marie and what is going on with Ziggy, and Sammie
Jo is working on getting Sam home.
The places the leaps occur are in New York, Wilson, Arkansas, and MIT in Massachusetts.
Name of Persons Leaped
Sam leaps into Ann-Marie Renerie and then into Sarah Bullock (AKA Candy Apple). Al leaps
into a security guard named Morgan.
Sammie Jo is an employee at the Project and is working on a retrieval program to bring Sam
home. She doesnt know hes her
father, but she does have a connection with him that she remembers only having with Larry
Stanton when Sam leapt into him.
Al and Sammie Jo become a Leaper and Observer.
Ziggy is being difficult because of a space time
Sam doesnt exactly like the profession of the Leapee, but he does think people
should be allowed to go see mud wrestling if they choose to. We get a glimpse of Sam during his Nobel Prize
days just before he started building the Project.
feels it is his fault Sam is still leaping.
Tina is Als girlfriend.
Als parents and his past in the orphanage are referred to.
Al is dealing with the Committee, and Sams leap is changing things with
Al deals with himself from an earlier time.
Al thoroughly enjoys himself in the wrestlers dressing room.
Various characters seen or talked about in different QL episodes are mentioned: Sams family (Dad, Mom, brother,
sister and brother-in-law), Diane Frost, Roberto, Alia, Larry Stanton and Abagail .
Sam: 1976 and October 25, 1988. Al: Around
November of 1988.
Sam, Al and Ziggy (or the com link used to communicate with her).
Kathy Scheber-Dawson, Richard Dawson, Kyle Singer, Theresa (Tawny) Singer, Nancy
Dotoroviz, Allison Wottawa, Jerry Browne and Rex Barrenger are the guest characters in
Sams leap. Professor Sebastian LoNigro
and his wife, Dana Barrenger-LoNigro , who have significant roles in Sam and Als
past are the guest characters in Als leap.
Guest character notes
Kathy (Kat) Scheber-Dawson and her husband Richard are the owners of the Kit Kat Bar where
Sams host works. Kat is a former
actress who starred in movies with titles like Die, Virgins, Die, which of
course Al has seen. Richard was a bit player
in various B-movies. Tawny is a wrestler who
is estranged from her brother and father. Kyle
Singer is a reporter who is onto a big story. Nancy
Dotoroviz, a reporter, and her cousin, Allison Wottawa, a young lady who works in the hall
of records, are instrumental in helping Kyle with his story. Jerry Browne is a reporter with a secret. Rex Barrenger is a sleazy politician with an
Characters Who Appeared
in QL TV Episodes
Sammie Jo appeared in the Trilogy part 3. Gooshie,
Dr. Beeks, Donna and Tina are at least mentioned in various QL episodes; we saw them in
Genesis, The Leap Back, Star Crossed and Mirror Image.
Dr. LoNigro and his wife Dana are seen in Her Charm.
This was a very well written story that explores what happens when someone Sam has leapt
into remembers him later and attempts to kill him. When
Sam leaps out of Ann-Marie Renerie at the beginning of the story, assumes that he has
fixed what he is supposed to and that he is done with that particular leap. Hes wrong, because Ann-Marie somehow
remembers him and decides she wants revenge for ending up in prison. He leaps from Ann-Marie into a (of all things)
female mud wrestler. His job is to make
things right for Kat and her husband Richard, his host and the other wrestlers. Chris has a great understanding of the characters
and combines drama and comedy very effectively. He
also moves smoothly between the scenes of Sams current leap, Al and the Project and
Ann-Marie. I initially really disliked
Ann-Marie; I thought she was totally self-absorbed.
I understood as I read further that, although she was selfish in many ways and made
bad choices, she was also a victim of circumstances.
Her circumstances are largely of her own making, yes, but she doesnt remember
the events that led to her being in prison. The
scene at the end between Ann-Marie and Al is touching.
This is a book I will be glad to read more than once.
Sam: Youre a pig.
Al: At least I wasnt rolling around in
the mud, although Id like to.
I would have to include several scenes as my favorites.
I loved it when Al was in the dressing room leering at the ladies and I loved
Sams response. It was classic Al and
Sam. The scene near the end where Sam has to
wrestle just before he leaps is a riot. Als
interaction with Ann-Marie at the end is compassionate and touching too.
I found it a little farfetched that Ann-Marie would just happen to find out where Sam is
by picking up a magazine, but Chris handled that well.
It could have been totally ridiculous but it wasnt; Chris makes it
(Ann-Marie is confronting Sam at MIT before Sam has built the Project and started leaping,
trying to get him to admit he ruined her life)
Ann-Marie: You got
cotton in your ears, man? I just told you. Why do you insist on keeping up this charade? Its confession time. Ill give you one more chance.
Sam: Chance at
what? Ive never seen you before in my
(Al is telling Sam about a representative from a production
company who will be at the club at an opportune time.
This is just priceless).
Al: The guy is
going to offer them some cash to film a special that will air on cable stations
.The Mud Queens Mud Wrestling
Extravaganza, theyll call it.
Sam: What does that
have to do with my leap?
Al: Ziggy says that
a rep from a modeling agency will be watching
No, no, no
Al: Yes, yes, yes
Sam: Dont say
it, Al. Dont say it.
Al: Ah, is your
The author mentions that the events take place after the Trilogy.
Info about author
Chris lives in New York and has a blog.