Top Five Books Found in A Time Traveler's Library
Brett Matthew Williams
* Truman by David McCullough
If the American dream can be summed up within the life of one person it would be Harry S. Truman. From Missouri to Europe and back again the man who followed Franklin Roosevelt in the White House was so much more than a single decision that ended the lives of thousands of Japanese citizens. Too often we forget the burden that goes with public service, yet McCullough's bit of unbiased, sometimes brutally honest portrayal of Truman paints a vivid picture of a man capable beyond what anyone ever gave him credit for. It's always the quiet ones.
* 11-22-63 by Stephen King
The runaway hit time travel sage that documents one man's inner turmoil in his decisions to shape the past to fit his preconceived notions of what 'should' have been. A lot of people get turned off of King based on the idea that he is one dimensional, and can only write horror. This is simply not the case, and 11-22-63 proves it via witty dialogue, fun plot twists, and a relatable protagonist. Once more, this is a gentle easing of science fiction for those whom otherwise would not subscribe to the genre, making it a great intro piece for a reluctant reader.
* Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
This time McCullough turns his attention toward the 26th President of The United States, documenting his uniquely heroic tale from sickly child, to Harvard playboy, through the early politics that led to ranching, the Rough Riders, the Governorship, and finally the presidency. Inspiration comes in all forms, yet for me Theodore Roosevelt will always represent pure grit and determination; really something to aspire toward.
* Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
A lot of what is revolutionary about this novel comes not from its finished product, but from its development. Too often the general public assumes that great ideas spring to life by themselves, seemingly out of nowhere. This was not the case for Crichton, whose first treatment of Jurassic Park was universally hated by his inner circle of friends and family after completion. Perseverance, thy name is Crichton.
* Texas by James A. Michener
The sweeping tale of the land now known as Texas spans generations through this tale of love, conquest, tragedy, and historical complexity. In Michener's story characters become more than historical figures, they stand for values of different worlds, north/ south, young/old, etc as they mesh together to create the modern America we know today. So moving are certain passages that the tomb is often split into two volumes to further emphasize the journey Michener lays out. Remember the Alamo, indeed.
Time is Relative for A Knight of Time is my debut fiction novel, one which I model after the works, lessons learned, and admiration I hold for the above mentioned authors. It is available for sale now via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and brettmatthewwilliams.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Time is Relative for a Knight of Time
by Brett Matthew Williams
Meet Rolland Wright - a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mothers mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother's murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe - reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.
The Time is Relative series chronicles the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time, beginning with the award winning first novel, Time is Relative for a Knight of Time. All dates and events are historically accurate. The participants... maybe not.
“What do you think, then?” came Judah’s voice, as Blaisey zoned back into their conversation.
Blaisey looked at him and saw him staring back at her. To her astonishment, Blaisey realized that Judah was asking for her opinion. Aside from his rather informal introduction, this was the ﬁrst time that Judah had addressed her directly. Her surprise must have been evident to him, as Judah’s lips crept into a thin, lopsided smile around the cigarette.
“I knew a man once,” Blaisey said, in a calm, soothing voice. Her father, Nahoy – leader of the Nabawoo, had told her that white people prefer when natives speak in a calm, slow, relaxing tone. He believed that it goaded the white man into a false sense of superiority that their people could use as an advantage.
Blaisey had seen this as slightly sneaky and underhanded, but those were thoughts from before the days of Jackson’s terror, before the days of people falling out of the sky at daybreak and being kidnapped by American soldiers in the middle of the night.
“This man, he rolled and smoked his tobacco, like you,” Blaisey continued.
“Oh, yeah?” Judah asked, the cigarette in his mouth bobbing between his lips as he spoke. “What brand? I’m a Luckys man myself.” He sniffed and lifted his head proudly, his chin held high.
“This I do not know,” Blaisey said, smiling out of politeness. “And we cannot ask him, for he is dead.”
At this, Judah stopped his search for the lighter and looked at Blaisey head on, giving her his full attention for the ﬁrst time. “From smoking tobacco, right?”
“No,” Blaisey said with vigor. “He was an ass like you, and somebody shot him.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brett Matthew grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant/ football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can often be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, watching Netflix, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his family and critters.
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