• River Rising

  • Carson Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: John A. Heldt
  • Narrated by: Chaz Allen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

Summary

Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret website 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.
©2017 John A. Heldt (P)2017 John A. Heldt
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4 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 20-03-18

Interesting read.

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I have not read anything by this author so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It has a bit of romance, adventure, shoot outs, survival and it is based around family. I liked how the sibling got together to go and find their parents. However, I found the beginning hard to believe, since they did not question the time travel consept more then I would have liked, but things happen quite quickly and we get into their adventure early on in the book.

This audiobook is long but it is intriguing and you want to know if they ever find their parents, what happens to them and what decisions they make.

I would highly recommend this book.

The narrator did a great job in voicing the characters, so I knew who was saying what.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 11-05-18

Good Story Bad Ending

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This was a good story but a bad ending. More than 13 hours and a cliffhanger wow. Who writes a story that long and filled with plot twists and adventure but ends it with a cliffhanger. I was into the story and was so disappointed. I understand why the kids would not concentrate on the flood since they were looking for their parents. Also not being concerned about changing history we have to understand that time travel no matter what is going to change something. Even if you only show yourself to one person that one person will be changed. So recognizing that this is a story it's ok. What is not ok is to provide me with a good story then no end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Betababe on 10-05-18

How Long Can You Tread Water?

I said to my spouse "Johnstown flood" and received the response "1889." How is it that well-educated people embark on time travel and somehow are ignorant of such a major event? But taking into account the surprising gaps in knowledge in today's youngsters, I will let that obvious oversight slide since had they known there'd be no story.

This is a fully-fleshed time-travel journey which takes you across the growing country from "the territories" to the sophisticated east coast and then back to the west and pre-earthquake San Francisco. You can imagine yourself trying to adjust to the myriad inconveniences ranging from modes of dress and travel to lack of rapid communication. I, myself, could not be happy without modern plumbing and would certainly miss the convenience of listening to audio books and instantly obtaining information on anything which catches my attention.

Complex and well-plotted (caveat notwithstanding); I fully enjoyed this first adventure of the Carson siblings.

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