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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591094658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591094654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,542,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

While gathering fodder for this book and others, Samuel White has been a tech writer, a software tester, a photo developer, a graphic artist, a florist, a minister (for over a decade)and a grocery clerk. He has also managed to stay married to Martha for since 1989 and together they have produced two wonderful little boys. He also draws the nationally appearing comic strip "Tuttle's" and writes a weekly newsletter for his fans.

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Sam White is a minister, writer and cartoonist living in the Texas panhandle. He has published 23 novels (3 in paperback and on Kindle, plus seventeen more in the Kindle-only format). His most successful books continue to be those which are focused on time travel, though his detective novels (featuring Bat Garrett--aka "The Nice Guy") are selling well. He is married, has two teenage boys, as well as a cat and a dog.

His comic strip "Tuttle's" is read by thousands every day in newspapers across Colorado and Texas, and on-line at tuttles.net. His on-line comic book "Burt & the I.L.S." was a big success and dealt with time travel in ways his novels can't (because the comic book didn't have to make sense). He also writes a blog concerning time travel, writing, Kindle and related topics, which can be found at garisonfitch.com .

Customer Reviews

It is on my bedside table to be read again when I finish a series that I'm reading.
Benzel
Personally, I found it a little annoying at times as the description of the characters is more idealistic and less realistic.
virj
Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, or lack thereof, but this book just beats you over the head with it.
Bibliophile

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "chccminister" on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
First Time is an incredible book! I can't stop thinking about it.
Garison Fitch, the star of the story, is a scientist who grew up in a world where the Soviets ruled and the United States had only lasted for a few years in the 1700s. But then, through an accident, he winds up back in the 1700s. When he gets back to the 21st century, the world has changed. But it's changed to what we know. So he must decide whether to go back and change things to "normal"--or what he knows as normal.
The book is 400 pages long but the story is so fast paced I couldn't put it down and read it in a weekend. The writing is crisp and the way White turns phrases had me reading passages over and over because they just blew me away.
Time travel is not a new concept in the world of sci-fi/fantasy, but "First Time" will assure you'll never think about it the same way again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By virj on May 24, 2011
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This book, the first in a series of 3, is a good read. (The second book is also very good but the third.. not so much.) I found it entertaining and certainly a fascinating look at the concept of time travel and alternate realities.

The story centers around Garison Fitch, a wunderkind genius that develops trans-dimensional travel. On his second test, with a mini nuclear reactor he had designed and built himself, he is thrown not across dimensions, but across time to the 1700's. When he accidentally returns, all is not the way he remembers.

A fair warning, though, the author is an ordained minister and it shows. All three books center heavily around Christian dogma and ideals. Personally, I found it a little annoying at times as the description of the characters is more idealistic and less realistic. But, hey!, this is fiction, after all.

Regarding the editing problem, as some have mentioned, it's noticeable but certainly doesn't render it unreadable. If you can ignore a few mistakes here and there, it's not that bad. And I consider myself a stickler for grammar. Considering the price, it's worth it if you've got time to kill on a long commute, like I do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2010
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I was concerned about buying the book because a previous review commented on the lack of editing and grammatical errors, etc. That does bother me, so I only ordered the first book and not the two sequels, just in case it was so bad that it would have been a waste of money. However, it wasn't so bad that I couldn't get through it. I actually enjoyed the story and have since ordered the 2 sequels.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on March 8, 2011
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Unfortunately, I made it barely a quarter of the way through what I hoped to be a good book. The religious references became increasingly more frequent the further I progressed in the book and got to the point of overwhelming any further enjoyment. I had to stop when I got to:

"There is also no doubt in anyone's mind that there is a God and that the Bible is his word. Of course, we sometimes argue as to how to interpret that Word, and some people live very little of their life by the Word, but virtually no one doubts the veracity of the Word itself."

Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, or lack thereof, but this book just beats you over the head with it. Combine that with exceptionally sloppy editing (or, more likely, none at all), and this book barely warrants one star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa N on January 31, 2012
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Great book that kept me entertained throughout. There were a few surprising twists that I didn't expect. I really liked the Christian aspects included because God is such a special part of my life and I like that he was included in these characters lives.
Great work Sam!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Jenkins on December 20, 2011
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I found this book to be entertaining and thought provoking. I enjoyed it very much and it has does have a spiritual element to it which was bery appropriate. Time ro get started reading the next in the series.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Sherman on May 23, 2010
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The important thing is that this is a fun book. I enjoyed it and plan to read every one in the series (assuming they are all available for the Kindle). However, I feel obligated to warn you about the editing, which was atrocious. I didn't have access to the publisher information; perhaps this was self-published and therefore did not have the benefit of a proper editor. This appears to have been edited by spellcheck. The errors aren't in spelling, they are in the word itself: feint instead of faint, tolled instead of told, it's instead of its, bare instead of bear, piece instead of peace, and so on and so on throughout the book. If this sort of thing bothers you, it could spoil the experience. The story was good enough to keep me reading with only a small twitch every time I came to one of the many errors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 2, 2012
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I wound up reading this book twice as it was so fascinating to me. The plot is quite unique and it really provoked a lot of thought. I wouldn't call this "science fiction" by any strict means, but rather it was a lot more realistic in the sense of how the characters dealt with the dilemma of time travel, rather than the usual/boring time travel dichotomies that are so often presented in fiction. Having lived in the southwest for quite a while, I also enjoyed the author's coverage and description of the various areas (Colorado, especially). It wasn't quite like Louis L'Amour, but kind of similar. It caused to me to feel what it must have been like to live in/experience the region during the various time periods. While there were quite a few "religious" references scattered about, I didn't find them distracting. However, they did seem to support the underlying premise of the story.
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