What if the South, the Confederacy, had won the American Civil War?
The question of the C.S.A. winning this most horrific of all U.S. conflicts, was far from the minds of three Civil War reenactors preparing to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 2013; that issue had been settled 150 years ago on many bloody battlefields. Yet, in the midst of the most celebrated reenactment ever staged, men are inexplicably felled by real bullets while artillery shells fly overhead.
How is this possible?
In "Travelers of the Gray Dawn," the first novel from freelance journalist Paul Grimshaw, three accidental warriors, ill-prepared and unarmed reenactors, must fight their way out of the chaos of real war, and try to make heads or tails of the apparant time-warp in which they'd found themselves. Just after the worst fighting of the horrific Battle settles down, they somehow arrive back in 2013 only to find the world a very different place than the one they knew just hours earlier.
The U.S.A. no longer exists.
Fast-moving, action-packed and movie-like in the storytelling, it's been suggested that "Travelers of the Gray Dawn" is like an intriguing mix of "Cold Mountain" meets "Back to the Future," with a little "National Treasure" and "Twilight Zone" thrown in for good measure.
A fun, fast read with car chases, shoot-outs, overzealous G-Men, underground political factions, terrorists, and a love story at its heart. The book is part cautionary tale, part thriller, part detective story, and part romance, with just enough Sci-Fi and stripped-down Quantum Mechanics to make it plausible.