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September Sky

(American Journey #1)

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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, ...more
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by John A. Heldt
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Julie
September Sky by John A. Heldt is a 2015 publication.

September Sky is the first in a new time travel series and I’m glad I was able to start at the beginning. I have read other books by this author and have been quite impressed with his work.

This story centers about Charles- aka- Chuck, and his son Justin, who get a second lease on life in the most unusual of ways.

Chuck is a reporter from San Francisco, but his job has been phased out, right at the moment his son, Justin, begins to have doubt
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Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blog Rating: 4.5/5

I've always been a huge fan of Mr. Hedlt's books and The Mine and The Journey are one of my all time favorites. As a result, I had huge expectations from this one and, I must say, that September Sky didn't disappoint me.

The storyline is well thought out and thoroughly researched. All the historical facts and places are to the point. Though the plot felt a little far-fetched at times, I still
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Dianne
What happens when a father and son, with no bright prospects for their future attend a lecture on, off all things, time travel? They are given the hard-to-believe opportunity to travel back in time to Galveston, Texas, the year-1900. Chuck and Jason Townsend find themselves intrigued and begin learning all they can about the time, the events and even their family history. Given strict instructions NOT to do anything but make records for their scientist benefactor, they are off, equipped with all ...more
C.E. Clayton
****I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review****

“September Sky” is a science fantasy novel about a father and son who are given a rare opportunity to travel back in time to experience 1900 as it unfolds around them, but they have to be sure to return to their time before a colossal hurricane destroys the city they visit. The story centers on Chuck, a reporter just let go from his job in San Francisco, and his son Justin, who drops out of college following a break-up. The two embar
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Dax Munro
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
September Sky takes the idea of time travel to a whole new level. In this thrilling adventure, reporter Charles Townsend and son Justin are offered the chance of a lifetime by an eccentric Professor Bell. The story was believable and recounted several types of transitional periods that we experience in life. The writing style flowed well and conveyed every subtle emotion of the main characters.

Strong females are a welcome addition to this tale, which is set for the most part in the early 1900s.
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Sheri
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
September Sky by John A. Heldt

Chuck Townsend and his son Justin take a trip to mexico. It is 2016 and they both are trying to rebuild their relationship and battle some inner turmoil. The come across an almost unbelievable opportunity, to travel back in time to 1900. Although a bit skeptical they both decide to go for it.

Once they arrive in 1900 the go to Galveston Texas, and things get a bit complicated. They each meet wonderful ladies they, know a horrific hurricane is about to destroy Galvest
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Alyssia Cooke
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This could have been far more engaging than it ended up being and I think I was disappointed for all the same reasons as the professor was with his time travellers at the end. Where he’d hoped for a time capsule, he got a soap opera. Where I’d been looking for a historical thriller, I got a slow burning romance and that just isn’t my scene.

Forget the crime that our lead character wants to try and prevent; it only really matters in the last hundred pages. The first three quarters of what is a rea
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Pamela King
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
John Heldt produced some marvellous escapist reading in his Northwest Passage Series of books and this new series, American Journey, beginning with September Sky promises more.

With a convincing collection of eclectic characters; heroic and dodgy, good and evil, September Sky does not fail to absorb the reader in its tale of time travel to Texas in 1900 at the time of the disastrous Galveston hurricane.

Until I discovered John Heldt’s books I was not a fan of reading time travel novels but his st
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Carol
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love time travel stories and this one (or three) is a good one. An unusual way to travel into (only) the 1900s... This first one sends a father and his son on a trip to 1900 where they find adventure, a mystery and long lost relatives.. oh, and love too :) Will they get back to their own time is the constant question in the reader's mind .. and do they really want too???

Looking forward to book 2 :)
Louis M Bizzari
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

I have been reading of of John Heldt's books. All of his time travel novels have been excellent. Love stories with history and good family values.
May
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in four sittings!

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.
Corinne Martch
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite a story!

A feat combining a wild imagination and history. A quirky adventure to please anyone seeking escape on a grand scale!
Carrie Slager
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

One of the things that I’ve noticed about time travel novels is that oftentimes the protagonists will try to change history but will usually fail. But what if they succeeded after a fashion? John Heldt explores that far more interesting possibility in September Sky as a sort of side dish to the main course: the journey of Chuck and Justin in the past in a bid to find a purpose in their lives.

As with John
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Kathy Dixon
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I discovered John A. Heldt’s fascinating time-travel stories a couple of years ago when The Mine came up for review for Romantic Historical Reviews. I fell in love with that one and went on to read every book he had published. When the offer came to review September Sky, I immediately asked to review it. Again, Mr. Heldt has written an intriguing tale of adventure, mystery and romance.

Charles Townsend finds himself unemployed when his newspaper downsizes. He chooses to join his so
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Rachel T
As reviewed for The Reading Cafe 12 Feb 15


5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Mr John Heldt, you are one of my few fave authors to review for. Your stories truely whisk me away and make me want to go on a time travel adventure of my own. I LOVE IT! *Insert Happy Dance*

September Sky is the first book of John Heldt's new American Journey Series. This book revolves around a father and son team who travel back in time from modern day to 1900's Texas. Although hesitant to take the plunge in time, these
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
September Sky is another time travel book by John Heldt. This book takes place mostly in Galveston, Texas with a father/son duo who have traveled through time from 2016 to 1900. Chuck and Justin travel back in time with the purpose of solving a mystery and saving a life. Of course, it's never as easy as that. They both fall in love and make some good friends along the way. Oh, and they run into a few spots of trouble. With a murderer on the loose and a devastating hurricane on the way, trouble m ...more
Sandra Stiles
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I have always loved time travel stories. This is one that is really great for many reasons. First of all the reader knows the rules of time travel from the beginning. The two main characters are very well developed. They are believeable because we know people just like them. You know who I am talking about. The father who has spent so much time with his career that he has forsaken his son. The son who barely knows
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Karen
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting twist on a time travel story. I think it's perhaps longer than it needs to be and I question the main characters readiness to encourage relationships when their time is limited.
Aubrey Joy
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first thing I want to say is that if you’re in a book slump, you should pick something up by Mr. Heldt. This book was so fast paced and fun to read. I love the idea of time travel and definitely think it is/it will be possible in the near future, so when John asked me to read this book I was thrilled to! It was so well written and very entertaining throughout the whole book. Chuck and Justin go on a cruise in 2016 and meet a man giving a lecture about time travel. While they’re on the cruise ...more
Star
Jan 07, 2015 added it
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 ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the 3rd book that I have ready by this author and I really have enjoyed all of them. I like the time travel aspect and in this book they can choose a specific time period to go back to and experience. The story has many facets including the relationship between a father and son, and how this one wasn't very strong and improved with their journey.

I enjoyed reading about Galveston Island and the hurricane that hit this island in 1900. The author does a great job of detailing the town and t
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Judy
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review: I am never disappointed when I read one of this authors books. I love his time travel concepts and the characters he weaves into them. This story is no exception. Really like the time period this book deals with and the relationships that develop between the modern day father and son and the people of the past. In meantime you get to learn about a few historic facts of Galveston Texas. The twist at the end was great too. I give this book a full 5 stars. Keep up the good work Mr. Heldt ...more
Notes From 'Round the Bend
“September Sky” was a bit too predictable for my tastes. I, perhaps foolishly, went into it hoping for something new, fresh, and exciting. However, it didn’t take long to realize this story was going to suffer from the oft-used Contrived Stupidity trope…and not in any subtle or unique way.

In this case, Chuck Townsend made dumb choices—like bringing his cellphone and copies of fax/microfilm of events that hadn’t yet occurred—because they were needed to drive the plot. In regards to the first iss
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Dee
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dee by: Author
September Sky American Journey bk 3 by John A Heldt Review
Can two time travelers solve the mystery and save a relative from the gallows???

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 themse
...more
Jessica Bronder
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chuck Townsend is a reporter that spent a lot of his time wrapped up in his career. Chuck pursued his reporting career instead of spending time with his family. Now his job is over and his wife has passed, he wants to make up for lost time with his son Justin. They decide to take a cruise to Mexico and catch up. While there they attend a lecture on time travel and find themselves back in Galveston, Texas in 1900.

They have been given the instructions that they are only to observe what is going t
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Rose Maniscalco
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed with this book. Most of it was spent developing two pretty lackluster romances and not about righting a wrong when Chuck and Justin go back in time. I found myself getting restless through the first 2/3 of the book and then the action finally picked up. The last 1/3 was much better and quicker paced. Some of that may have been due to the narrator of the audiobook because I didn't find his reading had any kind of character or inflection. It was too straightforward and too ...more
Cindy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you had the chance to go back in time, would you do it? I know I would do it, as long as I could come back to the present day. Would I bring my kids? I mean, they're adults, but still, I don't know that I'm comfortable with them taking the same risks I would take myself. 

Chuck Townsend and his son Justin get a chance to travel back in time to 1900. Both are at loose ends, looking for new experiences, and what could be more exciting than visiting the past? How about catching a murderer, fallin
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M
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This review first published on Oh Just Books.

Every bone in my body was begging Chuck and Justin to stick with the plans. I feared for them, or rather, what will happen once the damage is done. What will the future be like if they had involved themselves with the case. I was anxious for them.

The author wrote of the relationship between a young kid who had dropped out of college and a father who neglected his son. Justin was surprisingly mature and held no anger against his father, Chuck who had a
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Ryan
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be decidedly brief and cryptic in this review as not to spoil.

I read John Heldt's Northwest Passage series and for the most part enjoyed it, and started this latest series with no advanced knowledge of what would happen beyond his mention that there would be a more predetermined plot tying the novels together.

Pacing wise, I felt the plot was most comparable to The Journey and The Fire from his first series. There is slow progression with an expected disaster towards the end. I felt
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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles 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, ...more

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