September Sky by John Heldt is another great time travel adventure novel by this very talented author.
Chuck and his son, Justin are at crossroads in their lives. Chuck has been laid off from his job and Justin has just quit college to find himself. Both have time on their hands, so Chuck takes them on a cruise. On the cruise, they attend a time travel seminar and are intrigued by the possibilities. Once they get home from their vacation, the lecturer (Professor Bell) calls them with an amazing offer to travel back in time to Galveston in the year 1900. Since both men have no jobs or college to contend with, they take him up on the offer.
Professor Bell gives them explicit instructions of what he wants to see, where to travel to and what to record in their journals. Both agree to abide by the rules. But, one thing leads to another and Chuck decides to wants to take care of a personal matter for an uncle of his who lived during the time-frame. Will the actions of Chuck change the future? Will Chuck and Justin and the friends they make in 1900 survive the hurricane that demolished most of Galveston in that same year? The answers to these questions and more are brilliantly laid out in page after page of this suspenseful, page-turning novel.
I love the history in this book and the way that Mr. Heldt weaves such a believable story. The characters are likable and I found myself rooting for them even when they did things that they shouldn't have (changing history for one).
This is the second book that I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more from him in the near future.