The American Dream: An Alternate, Time-Travel Timeline
Due to a mysterious transcendent being, United States Marine Corps First Lieutenant Samuel Kim from the year 2016 is thrown back in time to the year 1775. To make matters worse, he wakes up near Bunker Hill, mere hours before the famed Battle of Bunker Hill is set to begin. Realizing the unique situation he finds himself in, the lieutenant takes the opportunity to change the fate of the battle and ensure an overwhelming American victory. Guided by his "patronizing" "God" and the American revolutionaries, Lieutenant Kim embarks on a journey to help America gain its independence and to ensure the nation uphold its "most promising" ideals from the very beginning.
Author's Warning: The story is very rough in the first few chapters (and as some readers pointed out, some parts are laughable, such as "American idealism"). However, the pace and quality of the story improves from chapter four and onwards. You will enjoy the story if you have some interest in history, worldbuilding, and the butterfly effect (along with a few badass characters). So even if you are a bit turned off in the beginning, I promise that the story improves quickly.
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Pro : Interesting plotline based on serious historical studies.
Cons : "Shadow" protagonists with no personality; cheesy plot heavily dependent on literal divine interventions and convenient plot devices; at least a couple of very obvious grammar mistakes per chapter.
A read I would only recommend to alternate history fans and strong American patriots. Being only the former, I could not help but drop it quite early in - the story may get better, but it failed to captivate me.
First chapter, MC wakes up and finds himself tied to a chair, and gets interrogated by some weirdly dressed dudes in an unknown place.
Deduces that his interrogators are revolutionary war era soldiers from their attire and accepts that he has time traveled into the past.
Proceeds to convince interrogators that he is a soldier of the USA ( which hasn't existed then ) and they believe him.
All within a single, short paragraph.
Nope, no questioning if the dudes got a few screws loose or anything. They are revolutionary soldiers alright, no doubt about it.
Yea this dudes definitely a time traveler, no need to question him. Lets believe him like he's the second coming of Jesus.
Can't get hooked to a book that claims to want to be historically accurate and such when the characters present don't even behave like sane humans.
God knows if this is just some cringey fantasy of a patriotic teenager or an actual book due to how unrealistic that first chapter alone is.
The premise of this story is a bit different then most, which tend to center around this or that key event happening to throw things off track, alien invasions, or different rules of reality.
This one is much simpler: What if you were sent back in time to make America a truly better place? A place where the ideals matched the reality behind them, instead of constantly being subverted by greed and bad decisions here and there?
This kind of biased view may well turn a lot of readers off, but that's fine, I'm a sucker for stories where good men try to do good things, as opposed to greedy folks just out to profit for themselves knowing what is coming.
While there's some handwavium to make certain aspects of this possible... hey, there's already time travel, so it's all minor stuff.
The writing isn't polished, but that's okay. It's solidly grounded in actual history, which it has to keep subverting (and that is not a simple task). It could use an editor (or a pass through Google or Grammarly, at least), but I wasn't expecting perfection, and the flow of the story remains easy to follow, even with the occasional typo.
I find that people chipping in to help the story move in OTHER countries, particularly France, to be inspiring on its own face. Just what would you change in the past to help the future be better, after all?
If you've had your fill of survivors enduring or profiting off future knowledge, or alien invasions or the coming of magic changing world history, and want an intelligent protaganist who is actually trying to make the world a better place, give the story a try.
If you're not too big on history and how things are being changed, you might want to give it a pass. If you like seeing characters from history changed for the better, you might enjoy it.
The story is specifically made BECAUSE it realizes that America didn't live up to its own ideals in many cases. A whole secret society devoted to it being worth that dream, instead of grabbing for power, is the perfect antithesis of those that so often do so for themselves.
Really has some potential but I wished the author hadn't leaned into the whole "god" giving out everything he needs angle but it still was an enjoyable read.
There are a few stories on royal road that are so different that I struggle to give them proper gradings. This is one of them.
This work rather then being an adventure is an imagining of the u.s if it was founded with a clear understanding of its origional future and large amounts of additional resources.The main character is not the focus, their development is insignificant and really only acts as a catalyst to the changes the author brings in. That said the imagining is done by roughly following the MCs life and provides an extra level of engagement.
In terms of review, there are few grammatical mistakes with only the occasional misspelling or wrong tense. In terms of details, the author is clearly very knowledgeable when it comes to the history of the u.s and the rest of the world atleast for the period they cover.
My only points of critic is that it's very clear the plot was heavily forced to allow for rampent imagination. The MC was given nearly infinite gold, unlimited access to modern information, and large quantities of vaccines for illnesses that could cause issues. This was done in a clear and reasonable manner with the idea that god was taking a form of active engagement in this timeline. That said it heavily emphasizes that characters are secondary to history changes.
Ultimately I suggest giving it a read, the first few chapters can be a bit difficult as it's where most of the ground work for unlimited changes are introduced and it might grate you. If your still not enjoying it after the first 10 chapters though this work is not for you.
Update: in later chapters the book improves with the story jumping between different characters.
This story has now become a personal favourite.
The book has a fresh idea that most really don't tackle. Traveling back in time and help building a modern nation. It's good because nearly no books are on this topic which is a shame. As it's a proverbial goldmine for any reader. The book starts off as naive in the first few chapters and the whole supply drop god thing was making me think that soon we would have a historical isekai but, the book stopped doing that after a while. It may be that the author forgot about it or that he thought the MC had enough supplies to take on the British by himself with his army. Either way, the book starts off kind of meh at the beginning but as it goes on the book gets better. The reason for 4 stars is because the plot hasn't advanced much now and they're are a few typos every few chapters. But other than that it's a good book. Also the characters are a bit bland. I can't really relate to any of them but they have gotten better.
A truly enjoyable read, a sort of alternate historical fiction where, as the name says, a marine officer goes back in time, the story goes into enough detail to place you in the moment, without so much to feel like a history book.
While the story is a bit fantastical, the "magical" elements are kept to occasional "supply drops" by the diety/benefactor and otherwise limited to narrative flavor such as
From what I can tell, the main song from Les Miserables(misspelled)
Keep up the good work. Don't drop this novel also a timely novel on what happening in usa today.
This is a very good story ... But to much naïve for my taste . The author forgot the only true principe of the State ( There are no principe only interest )And the USA the mc help building is gonna be The empire of the future cause no République have not fall ... Sry i forgot to say english is not my first spoken languege
I still feels a bit weird that the MC understood the situation so dang quickly. Honestly, there was next to no real time before it was sinked in. And the others also understood it way too quickly for me to really feel that it was realistic.
Writing is okay enough. Grammar is above average and the style is good. There might be some points where the conversations feel fake, but that is fine enough.
4.5/5 from me