publication of Nine-Eleven (Time Patrol).
There are coincidences in history that, if you wrote them as a novel, would be unbelievable. But since I’m using actual history as the template for my Time Patrol books, I can use those coincidences. On 9-11-2001, the same day as the attacks in NY, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, the largest aircraft in the world set a record that still stands for cargo lift to altitude. On 9-11-9, the Roman Empire suffered its greatest defeat. More Romans might have died at Cannae, but Hannibal never followed up his victory, so in terms of history, it didn’t have much effect. The Battle of the Teutoberg Forest on the other hand stopped the Roman Empire at the Rhine River. Then there is the Mountain Meadows Massacre, on 9-11-1857, a dark day in our history, when 120 emigrants on the California Trail were murdered in cold blood by Mormons. One event, 9-11-1776, held the potential to entirely change our country’s history; indeed to keep us from ever becoming the United States: when Benjamin Franklin and John Adams met with Admiral Howe, to British Commander to discuss the possibility of peace. This happened right after George Washington lost the Battle of Long Island.
For those interested in history, in learning about events both large and small and arcane (is the house on Staten Island where the peace conference was held haunted?) the Time Patrol books cover it all.
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