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E. B. Alston
Ethan McRae began his life in the late twentieth century. By 2011, when he was 27 year-s old, he was on the verge of being promoted to executive level in a public utility. On a flight to Atlanta, he meets a woman who he marries six days later. She is a numerologist and believes in time travel. Before they have been married a week, she discovers a portal to the past and they can move back 150 years in time to 1861.
I love, love, love this book!!! This is your best one yet! (in my humble opinion) After reading the first chapter I was hooked... from there on I actually wanted to be one of the characters! The second time that I read the book I put myself in Elizabeth's character as my own... I am hooked, hooked, hooked!!! OMG!!
P. L. Almanza, Author of The EastSide Killers.
“Time Traveler” has now become my favorite book by E. B. Alston and I have read all of his books. This is one of those rare books which will capture the interest of both men and women; especially those who are proponents or even just wishful thinkers regarding time travel, those who are die hard civil war buffs, those who are interested in the life and times of our southern forbears, those who wonder about the possibilities and pitfalls of the freed slaves and those who truly enjoy a good love story. All of these areas of interest are skillfully woven together to produce a story as captivating as “Gone With the Wind.”
Unless one has read about and studied the possibilities of time travel, the premise of a couple passing through a “portal” in a motel room into pre-civil war Georgia might seem a contrivance, a fantasy. However, it is a well known fact that Einstein believed time travel was possible and Mr. Alston has also included theories by other scientists who apparently believed in this most unique of possible experiences.
Many U.S. citizens believe there are portals “out there” through which people pass and seldom return—the Bermuda (or Devil’s) Triangle being one of them. Many documentaries regarding this unique spot in the Atlantic specifically mention the possibility of a time travel portal.
Whether this is true or not, the possible experiences of a man from the year 2011 stepping into the year 1861 and contemplating his future is riveting. Does he want to stay in that era? Or shall he return to 2011 where his career is definitely lucrative and upwardly mobile?
You will not want to put the book down. However, it is written in such a way that it is easy to pick back up and continue the story as if you had not been away for a while in the living of your own life. This might be because, from page 12 until page 450, you feel as if you, too, are living on a plantation in Georgia.
The author could easily have just written another historical novel and that story could have stood alone and been well received. How much better, though, when the main character has come from another time, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge! A truly unique book.
I hesitate to say too much about the plot because I do not want to take away your own excitement and wonder as the story unfolds. Suffice it to say, this is a book which will stay with you long after you read it, and you will find yourself wondering, “What would I have done in that situation?”
Elizabeth Silance Ballard, author of Three Letters From Teddy and
Elizabeth Silance Ballard, author of Three Letters From Teddy and Other Stories
One man, two women. Two love stories that defy both time and space. That’s Eugene Alston’s fiction-based-on-fact novel “Time Traveler.”
Ethan is a 21st century man with a high level of authority in telephone systems in the Southeast. Bess is a 21st century charismatic beauty queen. Elizabeth is an 1861 equally beautiful businesswoman.
Bess believes she belongs in the 19th century. Ethan resists when she finds a portal in a Georgia hotel that leads to an 1861 plantation in rural Georgia. After his early resistance, Ethan realizes his love for Bess is so strong that he doesn’t want to live without her, so he agrees to travel to the past.
Bess is both the catalyst for the time travel and the driving force behind Ethan’s success in the latter part of the 19th century. Although he clearly loves Elizabeth, his love for Bess is the primary force of his life, as it is Elizabeth’s life.
Mr. Alston gives us well-researched insight into battles of what historians call “The Civil War,” but which we Southerners call "The War Between the States.” He also gives us a detailed view of plantation life leading to and during the chaos of war, then antebellum life, warts and all, in the final decades of the 19th century.
Eugene Alston is a prolific writer, including the ten-volume Hammer Spade adventure series. “Time Traveler” gives us a depth of characterization and plot that surpasses his previous work.
If there were more than five stars, I would recommend “Time Traveler” to the nth degree
This was the first book I have read by author E.B. Alston, but I am sure it will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can honestly say 1 devoured it! I was not able to put it down. And with my busy on the go schedule, I don’t get a lot of time to read. But I honestly carried it with me and would read a little here and there every chance I got.
I have always been a history buff, and have loved the Civil War Era more than many. I have read many a historical fiction story, but none have been like this. This book was not so much historical fiction as current times in a historical setting. The characters travel through time through a portal to the past and experience life in that era.
1 loved the author’s style. He writes in a descriptive manner that draws you in and paints vivid word pictures in your mind that come to life long after you put the book down. The story flowed easily from one thought to the next and at no time did 1 find myself questioning his writing, critiquing his storyline and its feasibility, or proofing for grammar and mechanics. 1 was distraction free, enticed by the story' itself and the life of the characters as they came alive before me with each word.
1 was impressed with the theory and background that was included. While informative and interesting to me, it was not done in a school type of fashion. 1 did not feel I was being lectured on the possibility of time travel and portals/worm holes and the such, but it fit in to the story line perfectly, educating and informing the reader while naturally unfolding in the story' itself.
This was a great read. 1 was sad to see it come to an end. It kept my attention from the beginning and left me thinking about it long after I put the book down. If you arc looking for an engaging story with the excitement of time travel and the lives of those affected by it, this is the book to read