Title: Forward to Camelot
Authors: Susan Sloate & Kevin Finn
Publisher: Drake Valley Press
Publication Date: August 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received for Review
Ellen’s rating: 5/5
WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SAVED? On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003 with a new Afterword from the authors. On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One using JFK's own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price. In the year 2000, actress Cady Cuyler is recruited to return to 1963 for this Bible-while also discovering why her father disappeared in the same city, on the same tragic day. Finding frightening links between them will lead Cady to a far more perilous mission: to somehow prevent the President's murder, with one unlikely ally: an ex-Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald. Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition brings together an unlikely trio: a gallant president, the young patriot who risks his own life to save him, and the woman who knows their future, who is desperate to save them both. History CAN be altered ...
This book hooked me from the beginning. Needless to say, I spent every available moment reading it. In one day, main character Cady Cuyler, loses her job and is offered the opportunity to earn a substantial amount of money while attempting the impossible. Unfortunately it requires a sad event and a whole lot of self-recrimination before she decides to take on the monumental task of going back in time to retrieve the late president Kennedy's bible for collector, George Staub, and, at the same time, find out what exactly happened to her father. At last she has the chance of a life time: to make a huge difference and to be center stage.
Forward to Camelot starts like a good book should; with a captivating scene that instantly draws one into a story which promises to have much more where that came from. The riveting action and nail-biting suspense of this first part of the story set the rapid pace for what is to come. Believe me, there is just never a dull moment right up to the end. An exploding airplane, a boat trip in a tropical storm and hair raising car chases, this book has it all. At times I wondered whether there could be a positive outcome and that, dear readers, is why you have to read it and find out.
When Cady travels to 1963, the authors accurately and masterfully describe life in the sixties. Even the dialogue changes from that used in the year 2000 to that of the early sixties.
Just a touch of truly tender and very poignant romance found its way into this fast moving novel. This is where I have to warn readers to have the Kleenex close by. Although this book is packed with action and suspense, it has several extremely heart rending moments.
A product of two brilliant imaginations and some thorough research, I highly recommend Forward to Camelot as a thrilling, interesting and heart-warming read. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. I definitely think it should be made into a movie!