Book Review: September Sky by: John A. Heldt

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Publication Date: January 1, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend, 45, and his college dropout son, Justin, take a trip to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they meet a cruise-ship lecturer who has discovered the secret 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 their peace with the past, find new purposes, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

Review: Chuck and Justin Townsend take a cruise to Mexico in order to rebuild their relationship. While on the cruise they sit in on a lecture on time travel and answer some questions before they leave. They’re surprised to receive a phone call from Professor Bell, the time travel lecturer, inviting them to experience the opportunity of a lifetime. Chuck and Justin decide to take the professor up on his offer and travel back to 1900. However, Chuck abandons the professor’s plan and instructions, instead heading to Galveston to help a distant relative. SEPTEMBER SKY is an interesting and well-researched time-travel novel. I liked the author’s take on how time travel is possible and its limitations and restrictions. The characters were well-developed and it was easy to relate to them. I think people who prefer the fiction side of science fiction will highly enjoy SEPTEMBER SKY as it's a very character-driven novel.

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