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Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2020
  • 9780984919123 B08NXXNLBB
  • 396 pages
  • $14.95
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 978-0-9849191-3-0 B08NXXNLBB
  • 284 pages
  • $4.95
Bill Zarchy
Author
Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale
Bill Zarchy, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

On a freezing night in 1778, General George Washington vanishes. Walking away from the Valley Forge encampment, he takes a fall and is knocked unconscious, only to reappear at a dog park on San Francisco Bay—in the summer of 2014. Washington befriends two Berkeley twenty-somethings who help him cope with the astonishing—and often comical—surprises of the twenty-first century. Washington’s absence from Valley Forge, however, is not without serious consequences. As the world rapidly devolves around them—and their beloved Giants fight to salvage a disappointing season—George, Tim, and Matt are catapulted on a race across America to find a way to get George back to 1778. Equal parts time travel tale, thriller, and baseball saga, Finding George Washington is a gripping, humorous, and entertaining look at what happens when past and present collide in the 9th inning, with the bases loaded and no one warming up in the bullpen.
Reviews
Zarchy’s sprawling and suspenseful time-travel thriller finds General George Washington mysteriously vanishing from Valley Forge in 1778 and stumbling into a San Francisco dog park in the summer of 2014. Thrown into the deep end of a new reality, Washington encounters unsuspecting twentysomething Timothy, and his dog, Nevada. Timothy extends his hospitality, introducing Washington to toilets and Miller Lite, but soon faces the tragic truth: Sinister powers and unforeseen forces are at play, and it is up to Timothy and friends to transport the first president back to his own time before all hell breaks loose. Righting the destiny of the world means facing assassins as cities collapse. Will they ever make it in time?

Zarchy takes full advantage of the premise’s opportunities for poignancy and hilarity. Washington is thrown, for example, by newfangled words like delicious, and declares during a discussion of burritos, “You know I have become partial to the food of Mexico so prevalent in this area. And I recognize that you are using a French word, I believe, to indicate tastiness.” Exchanges between Washington and the citizens of 2014 also touch on dark historical truths, including the oppression of minorities and Washington’s ownership of slaves. Despite Zarchy’s sincere interest and supporting research, these discussions pepper the story unevenly, without much room to convincingly evolve.

Engaging action sequences bridge major twists, though the pacing flags due some extraneous detail. Zarchy parallels the heroes’ efforts at sending Washington back to the past with recaps of the 2014 World Series, in which the San Francisco Giants bested the Kansas City Royals. Baseball is a dominant motif throughout, lending convincing texture to the story but never quite connecting meaningfully to the narrative’s themes. Still, Zarchy’s crisp prose shines from the get-go as he manages to map a sophisticated tale of time travel with significant tension and memorable characters.

Takeaway: This alluring mix of time-travel, American history, and baseball will rope in readers of socio-political thrillers.

Great for fans of: Mike Chen’s Here And Now And Then, Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return, Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays.

Production grades
Cover: B-
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A-

Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite (5-star review)

"Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale by Bill Zarchy is a wonderful story. It's funny, it's gripping reading and it's highly entertaining, a real story of the past meeting the present with comical and sometimes disastrous consequences. Baseball, time travel, this story has all the elements of an epic tale and you will struggle to put it down. If you love time travel stories, if you love US history and baseball, then this is the perfect book for you. 
 

IndieReader

"Bill Zarchy's Finding George Washington is compelling and effective... Real study and real love come through at every turn: it savors precise historical detail; the heroes turn Washington (and the reader) into fans and aficionados of modern baseball; confusion and suspicion prompt discussion of colonial-era and modern spycraft. The pacing is light and fast, and the confident, flexible prose manages to drive that pace while also conveying its boundless enthusiasm for information. Sprightly and fun in structure, but with big themes and solid research underpinning it, FINDING GEORGE WASHINGTON will please readers of soft science fiction, light spy thrillers, or popular history." 
 

K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite (5-star review)

"Author Bill Zarchy has crafted a charming work that combines a lot of different genres to create a surreal yet classic tale that celebrates true Americana. One of the things which I found impressive about the storytelling was the chain reaction of consequences between past and present, which gave the book a true dramatic impetus and will be sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats."

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2020
  • 9780984919123 B08NXXNLBB
  • 396 pages
  • $14.95
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 978-0-9849191-3-0 B08NXXNLBB
  • 284 pages
  • $4.95

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