A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor (A New Birth of Freedom)
It's a serial novel and there will be 2 more parts. I eagerly anticipate the next 2 installments.
The writing style of Pielke is heartwarming and it really draws the reader into the story. I found the historical accuracy of the novel in places extremely accurate and help bring a certain authenticity to the novel and its characters.
The ending of this book really caught me of...more
A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor by Robert G. Pielke begins when a stranger carrying a shiny, metallic valise steps aboard a train carrying a young Abraham Lincoln going home from a two year s...more
Lincoln helped people recognize that all humans possess certain unalienable rights. But will we see that others deserve those rights as well. That time will come on July 3, 1863. When Edwin Blair open...more
This book didn't pick up for me until nearly the last third of the book. Getting there was too much of a struggle for me to really enjoy it and most of this had to do with the way the story was told.
I'm just not a fan of novels that are told through dialogue, and this is mostly what happened with A New Birth of Freedom. Most of the dialogue consisted of Edwin Blair, our time traveler, trying to convince everyone aro...more
My one complaint? It ended rather abruptly, telling me to go get the second book to finish the story. ARGH, I hate cliffhanger sequels.
Pielke's book features the arrival of a time-traveller from the future (historian, Edwin Blair) in the American Civil War on the eve of Gettysburg. He receives an audience with Abraham Lincoln only to...more
What grabbed me was the concept of going back in time and ta...more
When Edwin enters the train he is strangely dressed as he had on Levi jean...more
The Visitor is a novel that is written with detailed historical facts accompanied by sci-fi elements that will entertain you while reading the book. First, I would just like to state that I am not a fan of sci-fi and time travelling because I often get confused but The Visitor was a great re...more
I liked the way it was written. It flowed well, I just felt that it went a place I wasn't willing to go.
When I read the synopsis for the book, I thought it was a neat premise. Aliens in Early America?! With "Honest Abe" no less. I'm not even American, but the idea appealed to me.
It was a total let down though. Waaaay to far fetched fr that era, and it was all unexplainable. Some things have to be explaina...more
I am not going to recap the plot.It sounds like a straightforward time travel story with invading aliens thrown in. Could be good or could be cliched, depending on the writer's skill. Happily, this writer seems very skilled! I thoroughly enjopyed the book...until the end. My big beef is that there is no closure on ANYthing or explanation of big questions like what provoked Blair to go back to Gettysburg.I liked the book enough that I'll...more
The historical facts and the handling of the historical characters was great.
I was not totally comfortable with the way Blair's thoughts were presented; there was just something not right.
As a Scotsman I have to say Pinkerton's "Scottish" accent was Not Scottish; that is to say it was "Crap".
I cringed every time I read Pinkerton's dialogue. Pielke needs a Scottish "stunt" writer.
That said the general plot was good and held my interest, I will certainly look-out for the...more
As I like history, reading about the civil war era was interesting, throwing in someone from the future working to enli...more
The first 50 pages of this book I was confused and not at all interested in the story. It did pick up once I got further into the story but I just didn't love this book. I know there is a target audience who will really enjoy this, it just wasn't my cup of tea. It was just a l...more
This is obviously fiction, but the historical points were pretty accurate, too, and I think given the premise, it could certainly have worked out the way the author had it.
The book is the retelling of history with a twist. The main character travels through time, back to the Civil War, to prevent a future tragedy.
It was a well written book and I enjoyed the way everything flowed. I was so caught up in the book that before I realized it, the book was done, and it was a cliffhanger! I'll tell you that already, it was a cliffhanger, leaving you waiting...more
There was good detail for the period if you are into the Civil War. As an illustrator, I cannot condone the illustrations, far too childish in execution. The cover was fine as a period photo, and so the in...more
I think that it had potential, but the writing was not up to snuff. For instance, they seemed to be obsessed with food. "Good day, Mr. Lincoln" I said as I selected a pear, and then bit into it and paused to ponder my situation before swallowing the first bite and then taking a second one. "Good evening to you as well" said the president, befor...more
The Bad - This is book one so the story doesn't 'wrap up' ! Minor irritation
Would recommend as it is Entertaining and a fairly easy read - don't be put off my the cover.
M.Div - Luth Sem Gettysburg
Ph.D - Claremont Graduate Univ
His academic writings have been in the area of ethics, logic, and popular culture. Included in the latter is an analysis of rock music entitled You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture. He has also published short stories, feature articles, and film and restaurant reviews. His novels include Hitler the...more