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A New Birth Of Freedom
     

A New Birth Of Freedom

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by Robert G. Pielke, A. R. Stone (Illustrator)
 
It has taken centuries to recognize that all humans possess certain unalienable rights. There will come a time when we have to consider whether others deserve those rights as well. That time will come on July 3rd 1863.

When a stranger carrying a shiny,metalic valise steps aboard a train carrying Abraham Lincoln home from a 2 year stint in Congress, everyone stares,

Overview

It has taken centuries to recognize that all humans possess certain unalienable rights. There will come a time when we have to consider whether others deserve those rights as well. That time will come on July 3rd 1863.

When a stranger carrying a shiny,metalic valise steps aboard a train carrying Abraham Lincoln home from a 2 year stint in Congress, everyone stares, wondering about the stranger's odd clothing and strange footware with the word Nike emblazoned on them.

When the strange man shows up in Lincoln's office at the White house 14 years later, still wearing the same clothes, carrying the same valise and looking not a day older, the president and his staff know something is odd.

But when Edwin Blair opens his valise and projects a 3d image of the Earth on Lincoln's wall, then proceeds to tell a fanciful tale about time traveling aliens preparing to land at Gettysburg on July 3rd, they are sure they've met a lunatic.

Unfortunately for them, they're wrong.

A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor, is the first book in a new science fiction series that follows the adventures of Edwin Blair and the aliens knowns as Pests as they chase each other through all the centuries of Earth's past.

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Publishers Weekly
Pielke draws in the reader with an intriguing opening section—in which a mysterious figure seeks out Abraham Lincoln in 1849 with a very unusual request—before this historical sci-fi novel goes off the rails. Edwin Blair encounters the future president on a train and pays him to agree to meet with him again in 14 years. In need of cash, Lincoln agrees, and in 1863, while in the White House dealing with the Civil War, Lincoln grants Blair an audience at a turning point in the conflict. Blair reveals himself as a visitor from the distant future, 2163, who needs the help of both the Union and Confederacy to save Earth from alien invaders known as the Pests. While the story will continue in at least one additional volume, Blair's indifference to how his intervention in a seminal event in U.S. history would change the future evidences a failure of imagination that will disappoint sci-fi fans. Civil War buffs will find better fictional depictions of the major figures elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936021239
Publisher:
Cyberwizard Productions
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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acesrwild777 More than 1 year ago
A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor by Robert Pielke is a phenomenal addition to the current science fiction genre. It tells the tale of Edwin Blair undertaking an unknown task that unfolds while you turn the pages. It is the Time Traveler's Wife meets Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, though Lincoln is not the main character, yet an important one. The author seamlessly confronts many different obstacles and just as you think Blair has accomplished his last one another unforeseeable challenge arises. I loved how I was intrigued, and at the same time frustrated with Blair's time travel and all it entails. If you are a real history buff I think you would further enjoy this work because it includes characters such as Lincoln, General Lee, John Hay, Longstreet, Meade, and many more. Many of the characters are likeable or disagreeable if that is their nature, and the author's development of them make them very realistic. I could easily identify with many of the characters, like those of Lincoln's era who are having a hard time understanding and believing Blair's purpose and later the science behind time travel. I personally am not well versed in the American Civil War but was completely fascinated with all the character interactions. The author exhibits a good balance between dialogue, Blair's thoughts, and the narrative. My favorite part of the book is the inclusion of sign language, which I am fluent in and have always felt it could be used for great good. The author does an excellent job of not generalizing sign language, as there is no universal sign language, and each language/cultural has it's own form/language awarding him credit for his overall research. My other favorite part of the book is the contrast between the past/present/future and how the lines of time become unclear and intersect. The author uniquely addresses inalienable rights through the rights of prisoners of war, even if these prisoners are not "human" bringing irony to the term "inalienable". I believe this book would be a great read for anyone who enjoys historical twists, the mystery and marvels of time travel, or just enjoy a good sci-fi read. The plot makes sense, and while at some points I can understand how the reader can be confused I believe that is the purpose, as we encounter a quasi-butterfly effect occurring as Blair tampers with the past, making the future unpredictable. The author has created something amazing, and I cannot wait to read the next installment to find out how it ends
Tammy43 More than 1 year ago
A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor This science fiction book finds the main character traveling back in time to 1849, he is on a train dressed in Nike’s, a leather jacket and Levi’s and is sitting by Abraham Lincoln. Pielke does an excellent job of mixing history and science fiction and makes it come alive in this book. Pielke's book features the time traveler, historian Edwin Blair, who has to go back in time to meet with Abraham Lincoln. He must convince Abe and his advisors that aliens are coming from the future that may alter the world, but first he must convince them that he is actually from the future. My favorite part of the book is when Edwin Blair first meets Abraham Lincoln on the train. The author made me feel like I had been transported back to this magical time and was talking to Lincoln myself. Pielke was also able to bring to life many other historical characters in this book to full color with his detailed descriptions. The book became extremely intense once the Aliens arrived and I was so caught up I was very surprised and not quite ready for the book to end. This author was able to combine a historically accurately written science fiction book, which I found at times humorous, sad, intriguing and very thought provoking. The end of the book will leave you surprised and anxious for the next installment.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the scope of human tragedy is too large to comprehend. The mind grasps for alternate explanations in order to come to terms with staggering loss. Robert Pielke's A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor tries to reconcile the over 50,000 lives lost during the three day Battle of Gettysburg. How could the death toll be so catastrophic? How could the number of casualties be explained? How could men cut each other down in such a brutal way? Because according to Pielke, it never happened - not the way historians would have us believe. His revisionist account takes a science fiction approach. What if an alien invasion were actually to blame for the carnage inflicted during the pivotal moment of the Civil War? Surely, 19th century cannonballs and gunfire could not have killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War. Some other sinister force had to be responsible. Enter Edwin Blair, a mysterious time traveling stranger from the 23rd century, a.k.a. the visitor of the title. In his time, Earth is on the brink of destruction. An infestation of locust-like, technologically savvy aliens have mercilessly descended on the planet killing humans like ants and devouring every type of vegetation in existence. The key to possible survival lies in tampering with their time travel abilities. Blair knows their spacecraft will appear over the Pennsylvania fields during the Battle of Gettysburg. The only way to stop them is a full out assault by the combined Union and Confederate forces in order to disable their ships stranding them in 1863. Abraham Lincoln is the man that Blair must convince in order to set his plan in motion. In a fascinating look at the revered president, Pielke shows a shrewd yet deeply curious Lincoln. The depiction does Lincoln justice illustrating his intellectual and open minded nature. While his advisers look upon Blair as a lunatic, it is Lincoln who believes his spectacular claims. His mind is able to grasp concepts like extraterrestrial life and computer science. The scope of his intelligence is not limited to the period of time in which he finds himself. He is able to look beyond his contemporary world and see the bigger picture. War is war and he knows that understanding the enemy - whoever or whatever it is - provides the only path to victory. Another key figure in Blair's plan is General Robert E. Lee. He must convince the esteemed solider to lay down his weapons and join in a temporary truce with the Union army. Without the combined firepower of both sides, Blair's plan will not work. Lee does not disappoint. The distinguished gentleman stands head and shoulders above the field both figuratively and literally. He too is able to operate on faith. He does not understand what Blair is telling him, but he is willing to risk everything in order to at least give Blair's plan a chance. It is intriguing to witness two of the greatest military minds of the 19th century grapple with the concept of an alien attack. Pielke provides a glimpse into how Lincoln and Lee might have handled things if they had been faced with such a possibility. Their stature, poise and determination serve as a source of comfort during a time when capable leadership would be of the utmost importance. Having leaders who can be depended upon during a time of crisis is something the American consciousness innately craves. If only the heroes of the past could save the country from its future problems, and through Pielke's account they do.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
A curious-looking stranger with a shiny, metallic case steps onto a train carting Congressman Abraham Lincoln home after a two-year stint in the nation's legislative body. The most unusual thing about him? His strange footwear, sporting the word "Nike"" on the side...fast forward 14 years, and the same stranger shows up in now-President Lincoln's Oval Office. Even stranger now? He's wearing the same clothes, carrying the same case, and apparently hasn't aged a single day...perhaps the strangest of all, though, is the three-dimensional image that he magically projects onto the wall of the office, followed by a tale of time-traveling aliens soon to arrive in Gettysburg that coming July... Decidedly mind-bending, A New Birth Of Freedom: The Visitor is an intriguing work of speculative fiction. Steeped in rich historical accuracy, author Robert Pielke's compelling tale is an eye-opening treatise on the ramifications of cause and consequence. Set against the backdrop of one of the most transformative periods in our nation's history, The Visitor takes quite the creative approach in inviting readers to consider the breadth of our collective humanity and personal value systems. With a well-balanced mix of sci-fi, adventure, and philosophy, The Visitor both enlightens and entertains as it invokes the reader to open his/her mind to the universal implications of what may often appear to be remote, isolated actions. The salient debut in an imaginative new sci-fi series, A New Birth Of Freedom: The Visitor is an impressive nod to the likes of Herbert, Wells, and other titans of speculative fiction. Be on the lookout for more from this highly talented literary star on the rise. Chelsea Perry Apex Reviews
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
To have met Abraham Lincoln would have been, no doubt, a memorable experience for anyone. But if someone was to say to you, "I'll be meeting Lincoln in 14 years from now," it would be absurd, right? What if that person convinces you of the meeting, scheduled in the future yet involving a person of the past, is a reality and every word true? You would come to the conclusion the person must possess some form of time traveling capability. Hence "time traveling" becomes your conclusion, your belief, and of your own free will in choosing this only possible logical explanation. (That person never said he is a time traveler, did he?) This is the skillful bases of an unforgettable story, "A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor," by the exquisitely talented author Robert G. Pielke. Dr. Pielke loves history as revealed by his credentials studying the past. Furthermore, residing in the heart of Civil War battlegrounds, he accumulated a wealth of minutia about the history of the Union and Confederacy. His "Systematic" studies in Christianity can be superimposed onto other systems, such as war, plus his Ph.D. in Social Ethics states volumes of his understanding of people's values and behavior. Add his love of science fiction, and you have a brilliant, out-of-the-box thinker, an author of immense capability to write penetrating thoughts, original and novel by all accounts. The story begins with a train ride, when a passenger engages a conversation with a back-woods country lawyer, a politician a bit in debt, a humble man with a mind sharp and discerning. The man is Abe Lincoln. I have found this "lead" as one of the finest works of literary foreshadowing into a storyline of a creative journey of epic proportions. His writing is a flavorful mix of Rod Serling with Frank Herbert, a bit of H. G. Wells and a touch of Gene Roddenberry, plus some Carl Sagan, yet all uniquely Robert G. Pielke. The Visitor creates a showcase in which Pielke ostentatiously demonstrates his knowledge of the events and history circa 1863 and creates a "period piece of many eras" all at once. Meaning the past, the present and the future; combining the "three time frames'" into what can be described as a "Present situation of past events that occur in the future." All of this food for thought is topped with "Save the Earth" desperation - and I don't mean anything Al Gore might preach to audiences, but wish to avoid telling in this review as not to distract from the surprise foundation of the multi-dimensional sub-plot. A book for historians, sci-fi enthusiasts, adventure story fans and people of all ages, "A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor" will resonate in your thoughts long after the book is finished and you think to yourself, "Wow."