Extant Eternal

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To Prove A Bold And Controversial Theory, A Rare Opportunity To Change History, Unless The Theory Is True

“About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers, ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘he was killed by an assassin.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since.”

— Abraham Lincoln
as related to his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln,
and a few friends on April 11, 1865,
three days before his assassination

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Extant Cover ThumbProfessor Bradley Williams’ theory of the Extant Eternal had been a hotly-debated controversy in the scientific community and his published writings on the subject of space-time have been an embarrassment to the university at which he had been tenured. As an illustration in his classroom lectures, he had always suggested that the use of a specially-built time machine would prove out his theory if only such a machine could, in fact, be built. Secretly, he had worked for many years to build just such a machine. When the school’s exasperated board of regents finally demands he surrender all of his research and any such machine that may exist, one of his students attempts to save her professor’s work by using the machine to travel back in time to warn him of the impending actions by the board.

Lincoln Battlefield TentBut a miscalculation and errant settings on the machine send her back not just a few days, but back to 1865, the end of the Civil War, with no way to return. Instead of wallowing in self-pity (and after a couple of good cries), Elizabeth Spencer trepidously seizes upon the opportunity to definitively prove or disprove Williams’ theory and with the help of a pair of unlikely allies, she sets off for Washington, D.C. to stop John Wilkes Booth’s conspiracy and prevent the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Once again, author Bob Pierce leads readers on an adventure of vivid imagination, inviting them to follow a strong woman lead character who shows the indomitable human spirit of determination and the alarming realities that she discovers along the way. Hard revelations of self-discovery as she finds within herself the fortitude and strength to do what she needs to do to accomplish her mission, build relationships and defend the lives of those who rely on her as well as her own in a harsh and often life-threatening landscape of a battered people unwilling to completely admit defeat despite their leaders’ surrender. With nothing to lose, she is resolved to sacrifice everything she has left, even her very life, to protect the president and change the course of history.

ISBN-13: 978-1516834907     ISBN-10: 1516834909

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