The American Revolution could have ended on 11 Sept 1776. On Staten Island.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Admiral Howe held a meeting on that day on the top of Staten Island to discuss halting the conflict even as George Washington’s troops were retreating after their defeat on Long Island.

This little known footnote to history might have been more than that if either side had really had the power to negotiate. But playing “what if” is my province as a fiction writer. Through in the shroud of the Time Patrol and one of the missions in my book Nine-Eleven (Time Patrol) is an attempt by the mysterious Shadow to make that meeting something other than it was. For if our past changes, what happens to our present?

Fiction based on fact. That is one of the cores of my books.

Here is more information on the meeting:

Nothing but good times ahead! Unless the Shadow changes things.

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