Today I will review Birth of a Nation by James Butler.
Blurb: A group of friends create the opportunity to change history. They grab it with both hands, oblivious to what consequences altering time may bring.
George Brinton McClellan is ecstatic over his latest promotion. Charged with bringing the rebels in Virginia to heel, he prepares to meet the rabble with a well trained, disciplined army. What he doesn’t know is that events of the distant future are about to alter his life in ways he never expected.
Birth of a Nation is a story of change, warning of the dangers when one people try to impose their will on others. The year is 1861 and the American Civil War threatens to ravage a continent.
Can the band of friends from an uncertain future succeed in their quest, or is history doomed to repeat itself?
My Review: This book is an interesting concept. We have all wondered what would happen if history was changed. I was disappointed in this book however, in that they did go change history but gave no indication what would have been different other than the US was now two different countries. It was not explained how that would have changed the present day woes they disliked. It is not a foregone conclusion that the southern government would have turned out any better at governing than the northern one. I know the author tried to wrap up all of his characters at the end but I found it lacking in that. Nothing was ever explained very well about most of the peoples motivations or what they planned to do to make things better. I feel that too much was glossed over. I know it is a work of fiction but to think that a few people within a short time frame could find enough people to go back in time and leave all family and everything is a little far fetched to me. Nothing was addressed about kids and such. Editing was not to bad but could have been better. I give this book 3 stars.