A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator by Robert G. Pielke

by Gwen


This is the second book in the wonderfully fun trilogy so be sure to check out my review for A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor.

Time travel is messy when you really start to ponder it. You can’t change the past so much that you end up not being born because then you wouldn’t be there to travel back and make that change. Then there is the scary possibility that you change something bad and end up creating a whole new (and bigger) problem.

Time travel is also incredibly hard to write. The author has to explain those possible paradoxes and pitfalls without confusing the reader and getting so muddled that the prose ends up like a dog chasing his tail.

Big Note Here: You really must read the first book, The Visitor, before reading this one or you will be dazed and confused. Some books in a series stand alone, not this alternate history/sci-fi baby.

The Translator- When we last left, our somewhat fearless time traveler, Edwin Blair, had managed to bring Lee and Lincoln together to capture the Pests instead of fighting the battle at Gettysburg that we all know. Problem is Blair doesn’t know what to do from here.  He knows that some of the nasty Pests have to be left alive, but how? And just how are he and Lincoln supposed to calm the outrage, fear, and newly invigorated rebellion of the South? Blair is also dealing with a fading memory because of all of the changes he has caused and the headaches are nightmares.

Pielke does a great job of steering both his characters and the reader through the perils of time travel and once again leaves me dying to read the next book.

If you love the Civil War, enjoy alternate history, and are open to a quirky dash of time travel, The New Birth of Freedom is definitely  worth checking out.

A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator by Robert G. Pielke

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1611605423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611605426


I was thrilled to get this book by being part of the Tribute Books Tour.



6 Comments to “A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator by Robert G. Pielke”

  1. Gwen, glad you enjoyed “The Translator” as much as you did “The Visitor,” and please stay tuned for Book 3 🙂

  2. i have read and enjoyed both books, the vistor and the translator. i am eagerly awaiting the third. these two books were spellbounding to say the least. i read the first one, the visitor in one day. the translator took me a week to read. robert did a masterfull job of blending history and si-fi together to keep the reader very interested. i have visited many civil war battle sites, and gettysburg was my favorite. so when i saw gettsyburg was involved i had to get it. everything just came together in the vistor,an the translator has left me thirsty for the third and final book of the trilogy. and believe me that the translator really leaves you hanging. i can’t wait for the third one. how about an advanced copy? 
                                                                                                                bill adams

  3. Hi Gwen, You and Bill [see his comment to you] sure make me want to push to get Book Three [The Historian] along! Thanks tons!

    Bob Pielke

  4. Oops….should be:  “You and Bill [see his comment to you] sure make me want to push to get Book Three [The Historian] out as quickly as possible!! ” 

  5. Yes Bob, stop commenting and go write!

    Thanks for the continued wild ride back to the Civil War and ahead to the future. Thank goodness Blair doesn’t use a DeLorean, mine is in the shop:)

  6. Getting back to it FT on tomorrow….Monday…  😉

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