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Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale
by Bill Zarchy
GENRE: Sci-Fi / Alternate History / Baseball Saga / Action Thriller
On a freezing night in 1778, General George Washington vanishes. Walking away from the Valley Forge encampment, he takes a fall and is knocked unconscious, only to reappear at a dog park on San Francisco Bay—in the summer of 2014.
Chow stopped and glanced at his watch. He looked stricken.
“I have to go.”
“Go? How can you go now? I have a million questions! Where is the time machine? Can I see it?”
“In time, Tim, I have no doubt that you’ll see it.
“You can’t show it to me now?”
“I don’t have it with me,” he said, with careful sarcasm. “It’s not something that fits in your pocket.”
“What’s in the bag? Did you bring a laptop?”
“Yes, but it’s not for that. There’s something else I was going to show you, but I’ve spent far too much time explaining and not enough time planning. You’d be surprised to learn how little you really need to know.”
“Really? How could I possibly know how little I need to know, when, as it stands, I don’t know a damn thing?”
Chow shrugged. “You speak in riddles, grasshopper. The point is, for today I’ve run out of time.”
“What do we do with the General? How much danger is he in? And how about the rest of us?”
I had told Chow about Aunt Rachel’s hit-and-run “accident” and wondered aloud if it had been intended as an attack on George. I was desperate to resolve something, afraid that after this incredible tale Chow would slip away, and I’d never see him again.
“We still need to figure out what to do, Tim. The consequences of his not returning to Valley Forge are huge, as you can guess. We must get him back there. And soon.”
“Frankly, Mr. Chow, I fail to see why this is my problem. Why don’t you take him with you now?”
He smiled. “That does seem like it would be simple, doesn’t it? But there are dark forces at work, and we must sit tight for right now.”
Review: For a time travel adventure with fun, danger, and baseball, have a look at Finding George Washington. This story is a fresh take on the time travel concept. The father of the United States, George Washington, gets pulled from Valley Forge to present-day California. He meets a young man, Tim, and his friend Matt. These two and their cohorts guide George around their present.
George’s discovery of technology, culture, and baseball is charming. His reactions are believable and entertaining. When the guys show him around the twenty-first century, George says things that are food for thought, and the guys, especially Matt, bring up serious issues, such as slavery. Matt really makes George think and consider such important things.
Matt and Tim must get George safely back to his own time, or all will be lost. Already, the world around them his changing. The United States are regressing into a broken-down colony. Fascinating changes occur as time is in the midst of changing. The race against time is interlaced with baseball.
This is a well-written escapist book that will have fans of history and time travel smiling often. Why not give it a try?
I was provided with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bill Zarchy filmed projects on six continents during his 40 years as a cinematographer, captured in his first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil. Now he writes novels, takes photos, and talks of many things.
Bill’s career includes filming three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special, the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, PBS science series Closer to Truth, musical performances as diverse as the Grateful Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and countless high-end projects for technology and medical companies.
His tales from the road, personal essays, and technical articles have appeared in Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines.
Bill has a BA in Government from Dartmouth and an MA in Film from Stanford. He taught Advanced Cinematography at San Francisco State for twelve years. He is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the EPIC Storytelling Program at Stagebridge in Oakland. This is his first novel.
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Washington befriends two Berkeley twenty-somethings who help him cope with the astonishing—and often comical—surprises of the twenty-first century.
Washington’s absence from Valley Forge, however, is not without serious consequences. As the world rapidly devolves around them—and their beloved Giants fight to salvage a disappointing season—George, Tim, and Matt are catapulted on a race across America to find a way to get George back to 1778.
Equal parts time travel tale, thriller, and baseball saga, Finding George Washington is a gripping, humorous, and entertaining look at what happens when past and present collide in the 9th inning, with the bases loaded and no one warming up in the bullpen.
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