Review of A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor
Thank you Tribute Books! for allowing me to read and review this book for the blog tour! it was much appreciated.
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,metallic 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 footwear 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. (From Goodreads)
It took me a while to get into this book. It’s very different and a little difficult to get the gist on what’s going on. It helps being patient, and then your interest in the book should grow as you go along. It’s most definitely something very interesting to read. It’s a great mix of historical fiction and time travelling, mix that with aliens and it’s a pretty good adventure to read through.
It does help a little if you’re into the history. Unfortunately the American Civil War isn’t my strong point and one of the periods of history that I am the least interested in. So, although I know the names of the big players, the others (Lincoln’s presidential staff, for example) just went over my head. It’s a little frustrating as when reading historical fiction, I prefer knowing who’s who. Besides that, I found Lincoln depicted accurately as someone who is open minded, and intelligent. It’s interesting to see his reaction towards Blair, and the ability to think out of the box and to accept Blair’s explanation was well done. General Lee was also interesting to read as he listens to Blair as well. It took quite a bit of convincing but I thought that was a memorable scene.
This is a great alternate history book, with science fiction mixed into the story. I would probably have liked this book more if I was more interested into this kind of history. However, no regrets on giving this one a try. The writing is great and flows clearly plus the unique storyline is an added bonus. Don’t hesitate to pick this book up. I think it’s definitely worth it.
I give it a 7 out of 10.