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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of Civil War action by a Connecticut Yankee style time traveler, 12 Nov 2012
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I picked up this book as a result of a description on the web. Time travel! Changing history! This is the sort of stuff I love. I persevered through the drive-by shooting which initiated the events related. This part was a little slow and most of chapter 1 could be completely eliminated without seriously disrupting the story. Here in the UK such a senseless unexplained act seems unreal but having lived for a while not far from Detroit, I can assure you that this does happen. Apart from a few paragraphs at the end of chapter one the real story starts in chapter 2 back in 1862.

At first you begin to think that you have accidentally picked up a historical novel. It depicts a tranquil scene, one which is suddenly disturbed by violence as the American Civil War impacts. It's into this war that Dr. David Warner, a skilled modern surgeon, suddenly finds himself accidentally thrust after he fails to save the victims of the drive by shooting.

Consider how you would face life if you suddenly found yourself in a world without electricity, in a horse drawn era. No antibiotics, no antisepsis but a doctor in the midst of a war zone. I can't comment on the medical facts related for either modern or historical periods since I'm not a historian and not a doctor. They do seem real to me though. Dr Warner naturally uses his skills to treat the wounded and through those skills and the use of clean hands and sterile conditions many soldiers survive who would otherwise have died. That's where his actions start to change history.

Most of the rest of the book deals with his time in the Civil War. We are treated to meet several historical characters including Ulysses Grant and Stonewall Jackson. We learn a little about other people such as George Washington, who died before the period but was known to the ancestors of people in the story. If you like the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwall you will appreciate the action. Eventually you'll get to the part where Dr Warner has the chance to return to his time.

He nearly doesn't make it. When he finally recovers from a serious wound in our time, he finds he's a celebrity and time has changed as a result of his actions. There's an emotional speech as a letter is read from a friend in 1863 and passed down through his descendants.

There is blood, gore, humour, action, tragedy, morality - but not too much of any of these and all of it necessary to the story. There's no romance and very little profanity. There's discussion of modern expressions falling on bewildered historical ears. How do you explain 'That sucks' to someone from 1862? There may be a few typos and historical errors but I didn't notice them since the story was so engrossing.

This book certainly qualified for my standard of 5 stars - I simply had to complete it once I started reading. Buy it on a Friday night because you'll want the weekend to read it. I'll certainly be looking for more from the Author.
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