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Tagiri and Hassan are members of Pastwatch, an academic organization that uses machines to see into the past and record it. Their project focuses on slavery and its dreadful effects, and gradually evolves into a study of Christopher Columbus. They eventually marry and their daughter Diko joins them in their quest to discover what drove Columbus west.
Columbus, with whom readers become acquainted through both images in the Pastwatch machines and personal narrative, is portrayed as a religious man with both strengths and weaknesses, a charismatic leader who sometimes rose above but often fell beneath the mores of his times. As usual, Orson Scott Card uses his formidable writing skills to create likable, complex characters who face gripping problems; he also provides an entertaining and thoughtful history lesson in Pastwatch. --Bonnie Bouman
Excellent combo of history and sci-fi techno thriller. OSC never disappoints.Published 14 hours ago by Keith
I enjoyed the book. I was surprised at the reviews that said the characters weren't well developed, as the entire first half of the book is devoted to that and in the second half... Read morePublished 7 days ago by William A. Staffen
wonderfull research. Brilliant counterfactual. History lovers gonna love it. I find it as good as Ender's booksPublished 8 days ago by "jdtrp"
A little scientific for me but insightful, hopeful, and ageless. I enjoyed reading it very much.Published 1 month ago by Katherine N. Mouritsen
If you love history and you love science fiction then you will love this book. Lots of deep themes are discussed like slavery, women's rights, technology, religion, human... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carmen Lagalante
Really a great read, I have read many of Card's books. I think this was one of the best. Great!Published 3 months ago by Gary F. Kemp
This was a great vision of redemption. A dystopian novel with an uplifting ending never happens, so this was a nice change.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Anderman
The author skillfully blends time travel, historical speculation and alternate history. The principal characters and their passions for research are well-developed and their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gene C. Armistead