September Sky by John Heldt
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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If you like history, time-travel and murder all rolled into one, this book is for you.
Having read the author’s Northwest Passage series, I was honored and excited when asked to review September Sky, the first of his new series. However, I must admit I had a difficult time getting into the story. It started rather slow, but I’m glad I stuck with it. Chuck know a murder is going to be committed, but he not only doesn’t know who the killer is he also has no idea who the victim is.
Did I see any clues as to the killer? No. It was a total surprise.
Although it started slow, by the last few chapters, I was on the edge of my chair.
I have to admire the author’s research into history. His attention to detail in clothing, events, and atmosphere in every one of his books is astounding. As with the Northwest Passage series, it’s obvious he has spent hours on research.
John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.