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The Historian

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Time travel is the greatest current threat to national security. All those accused of acts of time terrorism will be prosecuted swiftly and to the fullest extent of the law. When scientists invented a means to travel through time years ago, the government swooped in with its typical regulatory finesse. Now the Department of Time and its Secretary, Vincent Garland, use the ...more
ebook, 317 pages
Published 2014 by Rachel Bohlen
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really fun read, with interesting twists that I definitely didn't see coming. Such a different take on time travel books; I highly recommend it! I'm already picturing it as a movie one day...! Good suspense, interesting plot with great descriptive writing that really allows you to imagine the whole thing clearly. Excellent! ...more
Helen O'Toole
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Read it on my Kindle during long waits at airports & it really captured my interest. Emilia is an interesting choice for a heroine; a working historian in a future Government Department centered around time travel. The freedoms taken away from the US citizens and the almost summary executions were hard to comprehend but if you inject enough fear into the population, they will believe your lies. A great holiday read & I was careful not to give any of the plot away.
Valerie Arnold
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi , time-travel lovers
Rachel Bohlen is an attorney in the Washington, DC area. I had never heard of her before finding this book available on Kindle. It was free so I thought I’d give it a shot. I am so glad I did.
She has created a fascinating story about what happens when the key to time travel is discovered and the government controls the whole system. The “machine” is housed in the sub levels of a governmental building housing the newly developed “Department of Time” or DOT. The building is surrounded by security
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Today, we fear dirty bombs, airplanes used as missiles, and bioweapons. But what if terrorists had access to a time machine? The author of this fast-paced novel depicts just such a society in the not too distant future. The federal government has created the Department of Time. Its dual purpose is to utilize the time machine housed in its headquarters under great secrecy for historical research and to prevent or prosecute any attempted acts of "time terrorism" by unauthorized individuals outsid ...more
Paul Smith
Oct 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
The first half of this book did a credible job setting the scene for what could/should have been a good tale. I felt the author was doing a decent (although obvious) job of creating a parallel between the invention of the time machine and Americas experience after the twin towers fell. The question of 'how high is the price of safety' is one that I think should continue to be discussed in the public forum. But there was a sense, more than any other book I've ever read, that the author was workin ...more
Susanna Parker
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Bohlen build a fascinating alternate/future Washington DC (and USA) where MIT scientists and the US Army discovered that time travel was, in fact, possible. But the moment that it became a reality, it also became the largest threat to national security, and is shrouded in guards and secrecy.

Bohlen does a phenomenal job of slowly revealing more and more of the messed-up state of the world. What seems to be normal security precautions quickly evolve into an almost oppressive regime, with guards ev
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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Laurie Kazmierczak
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Am always intrigued by time travel plots so when I spotted this for free I decided to read it...I did enjoy it but it was not a romp through time that I expected. It concentrated on the threat time travel would present and how it would be handled politically and by the government. I found the characters to be realistic enough and the writing style engaging. Always good to read how we could allow freedoms to be taken away and what consequences can ensue...I recommend it, especially if you get it ...more
CharlestonWriter Steph R.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
great fast paced read

I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and I liked how the characters stayed on point
Without the usual sex and relationship drama. It had a great ending but left enough for HOPEFULLY, book two.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
You see stories about time travel regularly, so it's nice to see what Rachel did to the theme. An interesting reading.

Estórias de viagem no tempo são comuns, por isso é interessante ver o que a autora produziu.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book,especially for a first book! At least 3 cheers for Rachel Bohlen! History is exciting,and this book is a real page turner,non- stop read! Loved it!
Kori Kamradt
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun, quick read, with an interesting and thought-provoking plot (especially if you live in D.C.) The ending was a little messy and drawn out, but overall entertaining.
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