First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch
By Samuel Ben White
- File Size: 618 KB
- Print Length: 407 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591094658
- Publisher: Cottage & CO Press; 1 edition (July 22, 2008)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001D2Z5LS
My Rating: 4.75 of 5.0
Publication Date: July 22, 2008
"What if history didn't happen that way ... the first time?"
Garison Fitch was a scientist and something of a celebrity in the Soviet Americas in the early 21st century until dropping off the map to pursue his theories in the remote La Plata Canyon. Living in a log home he built himself (which was too close to the Empire of Japan (30 miles to the west) and the Republic of Texas (15 miles to the south), Garison began to experiment with interdimensional travel.
An experiment with such travel surprised him when he landed him in 1744. There he discovered a primitive world of somewhat suspicious people, but a freedom he had never experienced before--which may have been most frightening of all. As he was trying to discover how to return to the future, he met and fell in love with Sarah, a beautiful young woman who is an outcast due to the fact that it was never known who her father was. They married and had three children and he decided to stay in the past and raise his children with the woman he loved.
When he tried to rid himself of his time machine by sending it into the future, however, it took him with it. Now, he finds himself back in the twenty-first century where a woman (Heather) he has never met claims to be his wife and the country he grew up in is gone, replaced by something called “The United States of America”. He quickly realizes that something he did in the past has changed the future but he doesn't know what until he stumbles across a strange item in Heather's purse.
Should he live in this new world, or try to travel once more through time and return the world to “normal”? As he becomes convinced he can’t return to Sarah, he’s not really sure if he can live in this new world he created, either.
The book blurb does a good job of summarizing the story so I won’t repeat that. This is a fascinating story just filled with time travel anomalies and paradox. There is a wonderful portrayal of the differences between Colonial living, with it’s harsh yet simpler times of freedom, and modern life in America with it’s societal laws, regulations and complexities. Added to those two is the contrasting world of communism where Garison was living in Russia America.
The courtship between Garison and Sarah is old-fashioned, sweet and innocent, fitting into the Colonial time frame. The actions of the characters, like playful romance interaction, are completely natural and realistic.
I loved the discussions of faith and accepting belief in God. I especially liked how the story shows that not all of life is within our control...thus we have to rely on faith. The author also explores several philosophical thoughts of life. I noted that there is so much jammed into this story that made me think. This is excellent entertainment and well worth the read! I recommend this to anyone and especially those who like time travel paradox stories.
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