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First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch Paperback – October 7, 2002
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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!
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.
"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.
Great work Sam!
The message of the book truly spoke to me. So often, we think of someone doing something horrible and changing history for the worse. I don't think of someone doing something good and changing history in an unbelievable way. When the book began, I was confused by the history that was detailed. In fact, I only understood about halfway through the book. Then everything made sense, and I was completely captivated.
There is one more aspect to this book that was so refreshing. While I cannot guarantee it, I tend to think that the author is a Christian or has Christian background. It was neat to see the main character come to faith. And it was so nice not to have a single inappropriate thing in the book. No profanity, bad language nor loose morals! I definitely want to read the other books in this series and by this author.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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This author is always a good read and does not disappoint. Endings are not easy to peg and his writing is not littered with too much detail or too much dialogue, but a great... Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by margaret c rawlins
I read this when it first came out and enjoyed it immensley. It is on my bedside table to be read again when I finish a series that I'm reading. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Benzel
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