River Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1)
Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

River Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1) Details

TitleRiver Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 20th, 2017
PublisherJohn A. Heldt
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction

River Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Book Info Kindle Edition, 661 pagesPublished September 20th 2017 by John A. Heldt Original Title River RisingASIN B075RQ1XHYEdition Language EnglishOther Editions None found [Digital copy from Author]in exchange for honest review Buy book from Amazon BOOK BLURB Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he n Book Info Kindle Edition, 661 pagesPublished September 20th 2017 by John A. Heldt Original Title River RisingASIN B075RQ1XHYEdition Language EnglishOther Editions None found [Digital copy from Author]in exchange for honest review Buy book from Amazon BOOK BLURB Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons. My Thoughts Although the 2017 segments are glossed over the time spent on detailing life for Adam, Greg, Natalie, Cody and Caitlin Carson is so vivid the reader is right there with these 5 characters from day one. Spanning less than 6 months we grow familiar with living amongst people who rely on each other without the benefit of cell phones, computers or other modern day conveniences.Not only is life much more basic and simpler but it is of course filled with more life threatening dangers that can happen with no prior warnings and even more dire consequences.The chapters that are focused on the actual flood, which was a horrific occurrence, had me bawling like a baby the entire time of reading. The loss of life was tremendous for the time and it and the destruction that was described hit way to close to home in light of current events in the United States over the last months of 2017. I had an especially hard time when the 5 Carson siblings were struggling to survive, but the suspense these scenarios caused truly came off as realistic and added much to the fleshing out of life in 1880’s compared to life in 21st century 2017. Striving to continue in author John Jakes tradition of family saga series Author John A Heldt has gifted readers with this wonderfully moving first look at the indomitable Carson Clan.As previously stated story begins initially in 2017 where this intrepid group of time travelers set their sights on finding their parents and follow them to the year 1889 where they travel to various destinations during their search efforts.The many events that follow for these 5 siblings are at times tense and near the end totally heart stopping. The finale is one that left me really wishing the next book in this saga was ready to read because the climactic cliffhanger ending was neither expected nor welcomed when finished the last page of the book.At over 650 pages this book read much faster than its length and it was over for me too soon. I loved taking the trip back in time to search for Tim and Caroline Carson, a journey that still has more chapters to come in future books and cannot wait to enjoy those as well! [Digital copy from Author]in exchange for honest review
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  • Mike Siedschlag
    January 1, 1970
    Author John Heldt provided an e-copy of River Rising, the first book in his new series: Carson Chronicles for review.I will start by saying I have been anticipating the release of River Rising since John Heldt announced it. I have read and enjoyed both his previous series; Northwest Passage and American Journey. I expected his new series would be as entertaining. No fears there, it is great!Mr. Heldt has changed the approach to his story ever so slightly in River Rising but not to worry, he cont Author John Heldt provided an e-copy of River Rising, the first book in his new series: Carson Chronicles for review.I will start by saying I have been anticipating the release of River Rising since John Heldt announced it. I have read and enjoyed both his previous series; Northwest Passage and American Journey. I expected his new series would be as entertaining. No fears there, it is great!Mr. Heldt has changed the approach to his story ever so slightly in River Rising but not to worry, he continues to give us a fascinating and engaging story that grabbed me right from the start and never let up. There were times that I felt my heart beating so hard I it surprised me. The change to which I refer is just a little bit more edge than his previous works. The characters, to me, seem to be less concerned with their effect on history and more invested in fully enjoying and acclimating to the time they find themselves in.Set for the most part in Johnstown, PA., the characters dive into 1888 head first and make their individual marks. There is still romance (why do time travelers always get the hot girls and guys?), heart pounding suspense (literally), humor, even violence (don't worry, not particularly graphic), hinted at sex, wild west action and history. This time the time travelers do not know the local history; the Johnstown Flood (you may have heard about it, bad news). Part of the suspense of the story because it does not openly warn us but we know it's coming. I loved it, the impending sense of doom that only the reader feels.Mr. Heldt describes Carson Chronicles as a family saga, so I assume (I know, you and me) we will get to follow these characters through several adventures. I look forward to spending more time with this family as they are brought to life more richly as the saga unfolds. I don't know how many books are projected for the series, but my thought is: Bring em on!John Heldt continues to give his readers quality story lines, engaging writing, and characters most readers (ok, me) would love to spend time with. Thanks to John Heldt, River Rising allows the reader (ok, me) the opportunity to do just that. I highly recommend River Rising. Enjoy! Mike
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
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