|TITLE:||A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor|
|AUTHOR:||Robert G. Pielke|
Historical fiction with a touch of science fiction and aliens is probably the best way to describe this book by Robert Pielke. A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor gives the reader a rather different glance at the Civil War era.
As the book opens, the reader is introduced to Edwin Blair. Edwin boards a train carrying a metallic brief case. He is dressed in LEVI jeans with NIKE tennis shoes. His dress would not be considered unusual except for the fact that the train the history professor is boarding is leaving the train station on March 20, 1849.
Mr. Blair takes a seat on the train next to Abraham Lincoln who is returning to Springfield, IL to resume his law practice. After revealing some of his knowledge about Mr. Lincoln to him, Edwin then says that he needs a favor and wants to hire him. Edwin makes an appointment with Lincoln for 14 years in the future. To remind Lincoln of this appointment, Edwin gives him an appointment card that they both sign and a one hundred dollar bill.
The book then skips forward to June 27, 1863 where Edwin Blair is about to keep his pre-arranged meeting with President Abraham Lincoln.
…That is when things really start getting interesting…
The book sheds a different light on some historical events and characters. There are also some definitely non-historical characters and events in the book.
Robert Pielke captures the reader’s attention fast and keeps it past the end of the book. I found this to be a very unique book that was difficult to put down. Even though history was never my favorite subject, I found this to be a very enjoyable book. The pencil drawings in the book were a nice touch.
This book easily gets a five star rating from me.
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