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September Sky (American Journey Book 1) by [Heldt, John A.]
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When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 585 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt (1 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Not the knd of book I normally read, but once started, had trouble putting it down.
Many unexpected twists and turns. Ended differently to how I imagined too.
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Charles and Justin Townsend are going through a big change. Charles lost his job and Justin decided to take a break from college. Together they take a cruise to unwind. While on that ship, they attended one of the lectures there. The man giving the lecture is someone new to them and the topic of the lecture really makes them think. The opportunity of a lifetime lands in their lap. Will they take a chance with hopes of improving their lives?

This is an amazing book! I loved the subject matter and the characters. It was well plotted and fun to read. This fresh, marvelous book will pique your curiosity with every page. It made me stop and think about what they were going through and whether I could go through with it.

I did find issues. Toward the end, two or three chapters could have been taken out and not mess with the story line. There were a couple of things that didn't ring true in this book.

I gave this book 4 cheers out of 5 because of the issues I listed. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heldt has Another Winner in "September Sky" 2 August 2016
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Charles Townsend is a recently laid off journalist and his son Justin has dropped out of medical school to sort out issues in his life. Hoping to make up for lost time when Justin was younger, father and son decide to take a cruise from their native California to Mexico together. Aboard the ship they attend a lecture by Professor Geoffrey Bell who has some rather startling ideas about time travel. Bell is more than an authority on the subject; however, he actively recruits members of his audience to take the “journey of their lives” by walking through a portal the Professor has discovered into the distant past.

Although they are skeptical of Bell’s claims, Charles and his son accept his offer to transport them back to the year 1900 to further his research. The two recruits, although instructed by Professor Bell to travel by train to Chicago, disembark in Galveston, Texas instead in the waning months before a Category 4 hurricane nearly destroys the port city and claims over 6,000 lives.

What follows, in total disregard of the very cautious Professor’s instructions to the contrary, is that the Townsends get very involved in events of the past, trying to overturn the wrongful conviction and execution of a distant relative. Both father and son find romantic interests at the local library as well. The massive storm continues to bear down on the flimsy structures and unsuspecting citizens of Galveston and Charles and Justin discover just how little their knowledge of the impending tragedy is worth when faced with Mother Nature at her most awesome and terrible.

“September Sky” is author Heldt’s first book in his American Journey series. “Mercer Street” and “Indiana Belle” follow it. Heldt has five other time travel thrillers in his Northwest Passage series. I am quickly becoming addicted to John Heldt’s stories and hope he continues to entertain his readers with many more such tales in the years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, adventure, history and mystery all rolled into one 11 April 2015
By MichelleB - Published on
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Good light read, especially if you've read & enjoyed the Northwest Passage series. It's part romance, adventure, history and mystery all rolled into one. The Romance part is reasonably clean, no graphic details. It was also interesting to learn about a true historic event. Parts of the book really held my attention, mostly the mystery, and some parts dragged, but all in all not bad. This is the first of his time travel books where the travelers choose to go back in time and are prepared, which does put a different twist on it from NW Passage. The one thing I just didn't get, was Prof Bell, and his motivation for choosing someone he doesn't know to give them the opportunity to time travel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but predictable with many weak plot points such as: 13 November 2016
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Leaving Rose tied to the bed posts while getting Breakfast

I forgot to retrieve the crystal to get us back to 2016. Lame!

Rewarding the time travelers after they broke every agreement to not establish relationships, to not influencing chain of events, bringing cell phone and Xerox copies of research to 1900.

The hurricane development was the most gripping part of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars September Sky 10 December 2016
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September Sky is a time travel story which is one of my favorite fantasy genres. In this one, the travel is backwards around a hundred years. Some fascinating human relationships spring up between the father/son travel team and people of 1900 Galveston. Love, hate, thievery, and murder are set before the backdrop of the great Galveston Hurricane. This is seriously good entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars .Another excellent novel but the King of time travel 24 January 2015
By Jim Morgan - Published on
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I have read many of John's novels and have really enjoyed them all, September Sky idin't disappoint me. John has a knack for grabbing you and dragging you into the story. The characters are strong and likable and develope and grow throughout the story. The plot is wll thought out and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I especially like that John always has strong female characters, to me this is very important. This book keep me up many evenenings when I should have been in bed. Can't wait for the next in the series. Keep up the Great work John.woo