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A Rebel in Time

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Can history be changed? Can the South still win the War Between the States? Colonel McCulloch thinks so, even though the war ended more than a hundred years ago. With gold, an automatic weapon, and some very special blueprints, he plans to go back in time and reverse the outcome of the Civil War.
Paperback, 315 pages
Published February 1983 by Tor Books
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Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like SF action/mystery with a twist of alternate history and time travel
Been struggling to finish a number of books recently. Been falling asleep almost as soon as I've read a page. Enjoyment of the book seemed to change nothing so I thought I'd opt for one of my comfort reads in the hope it would kick start my reading again.

Not even a book I've loved since my early teens and have read probably about 10 times (normally in one or two sittings max)could break through my fatigue and to complicate matters I came down with a nasty head cold stretching this out to 7 days
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a bit vexed on this one. Within the narrative, the time-travel was teased at for *far* too long to be so central an element of the text as to be mentioned in its very title. Also, the paralyzing fear of altering the past that so suffuses the actions of the 'good guys' made many of the late-game decisions cause me to be unable to suspend disbelief.

That said, it wasn't a *bad* book. I was intrigued enough to keep reading, and even though the mystery of the the noir-esque murder-subplot at the
Sarah Sammis
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison is a time travel / alternate history story that starts as a straight up mystery. Sergeant Harmon is sent to investigate a large amount of missing gold and some violent crimes all tied to a missing Colonel McCulloh.

Eventually Harmon learns of a secret government time machine project. To everyone's surprise, McCulloh has managed to make the machine work well enough to transport himself and his stolen gold back in time, a few years before the start of the Civil War
D.J. Cowdall
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago, simply because I used to read 2000AD comic, and in it was Slippery Jim DiGriz, and from that I began to read more and more of Harrison's works. It was then that I borrowed from the library a copy of this, and read it, and then read it again.
I found its impact on me to be a very strong one, not just from the nature of the book, but from the moral nature of its author. Harrison clearly was a very good man.
In time family members bought me a first edition signed hardback
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed reading about history--and that got me into alternate history...For some reason, I've long been interested in such questions as: What if the South had won the Civil War? When I was a kid, I got a hold of a book titled "If the South Had Won the Civil War" by Mackinlay Kantor ( published in book form in 1961). I found it interesting, especially as it was written as a history text (set in an alternate universe). Kantor has Lee winning the Battle of Gettysburg, but also it too ...more
Al "Tank"
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mixed bag. The first half of the story is a "who done it" and the science fiction part kinda sneaks in and then becomes the vehicle for the pursuit of the bad guy in the Antebellum South. The best part of the struggle is that our intrepid hero is black and has to pursue the murderer in an area where he's likely to be picked up as an escaped slave and perhaps killed on the spot.

I'm not a big detective story reader, so the first half, although well done, moved kinda slow for me. The second half
Ian Hamilton
Basically we have a present-day racist military commander who leverages a top secret time machine to travel back to pre-Civil War America to bolster the Confederate cause by introducing modern weaponry and a stash of gold. He's fittingly pursued in present and past by a black man who precariously has to navigate 1860 Dixieland in order to bring the commander to justice. It's a fucking absurd premise, but a guilty pleasure read. Probably not worthy of 3 stars but why not? ...more
Tim Gray
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this - but it's not Harry Harrison at his best. There are some interesting questions, and I have to say I enjoy the fact that 'can you imagine what life is like in 2015' has now become a dated line! ...more
Mark Clarkson
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I remember reading this many, many years ago, and loving it. I reread it recently after searching for it for years, and found that I may have gotten a bit more jaded . A good story, but it has not passed the test of time
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read, as usual. But another case of bad cover design spoiling almost half the book. All the characters puzzled why that guy is doing that weird stuff? Oh, right, I saw the cover, I know why.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you do not like (i) time travel stories (ii) alternate history and (iii) historical fiction, you are unlikely to be fond of this novel. Harrison combines these three (admittedly, not dissimilar) genres into one crime novel. Sherlock Holmes here is an FBI agent named Troy Harmon, and the antagonist is a modern-day racist and white suprematist who got hold of a one-way time machine and blueprints of the WWII British submachine gun, STEN, famous for its simplicity (one gun could be produced in l ...more
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent science fiction detective yarn about a black intelligence officer who follows a bigoted army colonel bak to pre Civil War Virginia. The colonel has brought gold coins to build an arms manufacturing plant. He plans to manufacture the Sten submachine gun and supply the confederate cavalry. The intelligence officer must prevent the colonel from creating an alternate history without creating time paradoxes.
Sean Randall
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
All the hallmarks of an enjoyable story but none of the pace or tension one would expect. The introduction of the time machine was far too delayed and the final import of its operating possibilities mentioned briefly but utterly ignored for far too long. The lead is almost too good, except for his clear fanaticism for the US. Still, it's a part of history... ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great concept: a white supremacist who also happens to be head of security for a government lab in DC developing a time machine steals it and goes back to the days before the Civil War with a fortune in gold and blueprints of how to manufacture a machine gun. An African American FBI agent goes after him: back to the old south where slavery is rampant.
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun read, and an interestingly robust rejection of racism by Harrison. The subject is Harry's typical down to earth, hero who ultimately sacrifices everything in order to track down his man. Some interesting takes on the time travelling trope, but no real detail explored. Overall a well told story of good vs evil. ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one. It's not fantastic literature, but it's got time travel, a dash of detective novel, a clear good guy and a real irredeemable bastard of a bad guy. And sometimes, I really need a book like that. ...more
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Nominally a paradox novel, A Rebel in Time was notable for bringing Harrison’s refreshingly liberal values to the field of adventure science fiction: a black army sergeant pursues a racist colonel back through time to the outbreak of the American Civil War.
Interesting idea but suffers from some major logic flaws - like a lot of Time Travel books
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Good sci-fi/time travel story of men who try to change the course of the Civil War.
Jason Case
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is bold in its treatment of African American's and slavery. It could have been much longer but his treatment left an impression. ...more
Richard E.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
have read this one 3-4 times. Always a fun read, love the premise, kept simple & it works. Great Ending too! Won't spoil it. ...more
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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G

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