As the global energy crisis of the 21st century wears on, James Lendeman searches for answers–both for the country and for himself. Working in the Federal Energy Department for the iconoclastic and enigmatic Kate Hastings, James is at the center of a world of political intrigue and personal conflicts. Unsure of whether he can go along with Kate’s plans for the country (and for him), he is forced to steer his own way through a maze of personal and professional problems. When we meet James a few years later (through author B. R. Freemont’s ingenious weaving of dual timelines), he is in Savannah, working as a contractor for the government and debating the merits of a flitatious college student who lives in his boarding house. Nimbly moving forward and backward through James’s personal timeline, Of Time and Place leads its readers on a journey through the twists and turns of life in a kind of historical novel of the future. From a tumultuous romance and marriage to a romantic spring in Florence and the adversities along the way, James finds himself debating both his own life and the feasibility of maintaining a viable US economy in the mid-21st century. Drawn from very real issues of global import, and playing out in some of the most storied cities in the world, Of Time and Place will leave every reader pondering the future– and the present.
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About the Author
B. R. Freemont was born in New York and has lived in the Savannah area for over a decade. He holds a B.A. from Columbia and an M.A. from New York University. During his business career, he filled a wide variety of management assignments and had brief stints working for government entities. Over the years, his interests have included: astronomy, domestic and foreign travel, dog breed club administration, wine tasting, and reading both fiction and non-fiction. He is married and has a son and two daughters.
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First of all, this is a long book, but it is not a hard read. Don't let the length of the book deter you from reading it. You just might pass up a gem of a story. I honestly did not even find that reading the book was a chore even though it did not capture my attention as much as other books. And my inability to fully connect with the story and the characters is not the fault of the author. You know how it is--some stories just aren't one's forte. This book did cause me a bit of confusion at first. It is written in the future, but it also jumps back and forth between dates. The saving grace is that each chapter has a date and location that starts it off. This was pure genius on the part of the author. If you get lost, at least you know you have a "safety net." I did appreciate the view that the author took on energy conservation and the issues that may be faced in the future. I sometimes felt that the book was a little "soft" when it came to the future. Sometimes it felt that things were too similar to today, and the fact that freedom of religion is still promised in the future seemed rather strange. I guess because I feel that things will be worse than what the book portrayed. But I could be very wrong. The author's writing style was good enough. There were many references to sex and some mild scenes. There was some profanity, but it was not rampant. I could have done without either. I only wished I could have cared more about the characters in the story. And I felt that the last few chapters were quite rushed and covered way too many years. Again, just a personal preference. One message the book does teach is that life is precious, and it should not be taken lightly. Also, in one moment, your entire life can change. All good things to remember. It is a good idea to live today as if it may be your last (because it may be). If you are looking for a futuristic book without violence, this may be the book for you. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Of Time and Place – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds, A Book and A Dish ‘It should be pointed out that after World War Two ended, the country experienced and unprecedented increase in the birth rate. This was called the ‘Baby Boom.’ It started right after the end of the war and reached its peak in nineteen fifty-seven. These ‘Baby Boomers,’ as they were known, reached prime retirement age in the teens and twenties of this century. They were owed Social Security benefits and Medicare, the old age health benefit then in effect. Both of these programs, especially Medicare, were grossly underfunded. A few rather futile attempts at reform were attempted. But, by and large, politicians were not prepared to tackle a controversial issue and waited for the avalanche of retirees to come. They came, and the government went further into debt to fund these benefits. By twenty thirty, eighty-five percent of Federal expenditures were to pay debt service and entitlement programs. That left very little for the military, education, and all the other services people expected. The rate of inflation increased throughout the decade of the twenties, topping at twenty-five percent, in twenty twenty-eight. That was a presidential election year. Americans were shell-shocked and apathetic. Neither political party seemed to be able to tackle their problems.” The above is from a class taught by James Lendeman in the year 2062. I have to say it sounds just about right. Of Time and Place is written with about a 10 year gap taking you back and forth between the 2050s and the 2060s. It’s much more than a story of love and deceit but a story of what the world will most like be just a few decades from now. Cars will become a thing of the past with trains and trams providing the majority of our transportation needs. Subdivisions will become obsolete due to the lack of vehicles to transport people into the cities. The search will be on to find ways to bring more fuel resources into not just America but other countries as well from those that still have them. And jobs will become even harder to find due to the lack of being needed. Of Time and Place also takes you on a journey from New York, DC, Savannah, Ga and on to Florence and Paris. You’ll visit places that most of us only dream of and through a description that will make you feel as if you’ve been there. The life story of James Lenderman is one that has the common ups and downs. Love that goes wrong, love found and the undying love of true friendship. As I read Of Time and Place, I couldn’t help but compare Author B. R. Freemont to another favorite author of mine… Nicholas Sparks. Their style is similar so if you like one, you’ll like both. This is truly a touching yet eye opening book.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It is not a must read but it is a worthwhile read. My thoughts on this book are kind of jumbled. I really did enjoy this book. It is long. But it isn't wordy or overly descriptive. I couldn't tell you how to shorten it because most of the detail is necessary and really adds to the story and helps you understand the characters. Truth be told, I was kind of sad that the book ended. The story is told from the point of view of James Lendeman. It is different to read a story like this from the male perspective. At times it seemed kind of cold. There were so many emotional events that should have brought out love, hate, loss, longing, happiness, sadness, etc but the story telling lacked these emotions. I could feel them but the narrator did not seem to. Case in point, I did not think James was portrayed as a very caring father. The whole time he was "telling" that part of the story, he seemed so detached and all business. Where were the emotions? Where was the joy? (I don't want to spoil this part of the story...and I won't...but let me know if you agree with me on that point.) The other main characters were women - Kate Hastings, Pat Auriga, and Jane Sorel. All three of these women were loved by James and loved him back in one way or another. All were rather strong women but each had their own flaws. Jane was the biggest disappoint for me. Kate was seemingly strong but she was lonely. I felt for her throughout the book. And Pat was a great match. It was kind of funny having the first chapter be set in 2060 and the main character talking about and to a 67 year old woman. When I did the math, that woman was born in 1993 which seems really young to me. Then, it turned surreal when I realized how old I would be in 2060. That's what this book did for me, gave me things to think about. I can see a lot of the events actually occurring. I hope that some do not, but I can see it happening. Of Time and Place also uses the metric system. That was difficult for me to picture in my head how far people traveled or how much fuel was used. It wasn't a bothersome thing in the book. Nor was the time jumping. I thought that this would make the story hard to follow but it really worked well. The author did a fantastic job making this story flow seamlessly between the past and the present. I was thoroughly impressed by that. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Stick with it, the read is worth it. Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.