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Biologist Rachel Carson alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. Her best-known book, Silent Spring , led to a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings and helped to shape a growing environmental consciousness. Carson died of cancer in and is remembered as an early activist who worked to preserve the world for future generations.

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Marine biologist, environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson was born on May 27, , in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Carson first alerted the world about the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. She grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, which gave her a lot of first-hand knowledge of nature and wildlife. Rachel Carson taught at the University of Maryland for five years before joining the U. Fish and Wildlife Service in Her first book, Under the Sea-Wind , described marine life in clear, elegant and non-technical prose.

She retained her government job through the s, in part to help support her mother and her sister's two orphaned daughters. In she published The Sea Around Us , which became an immediate best-seller and freed her from financial worry. During the s Rachel Carson conducted research into the effects of pesticides on the food chain, published in her most influential work, Silent Spring , which condemned the indiscriminate use of pesticides, especially DDT later banned.

The book led to a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings, and helped shape a growing environmental consciousness. We see different times and meet different new characters in the story, but the readers do not get confused, with them at all. My favorite characters are Caitlin and Adam. Caitlin reminded me a lot of Hermione, in Harry Potter.

Adam, the way he becomes responsible about his family shows how much he cares for them. From start to the end he becomes the pillar of strength for his siblings. All other characters ; Natalie, Greg, Cody and even Bridget show how much they care for each other, and how they stand as a family together in difficult situations. The story emphasizes on how the power of love, care and hard work can take you a long way. Once, the Carson family faces with the flooding, they try to help the other people even by risking their own lives, which shows a very strong point of empathy and humanity.

As a family together they find love, joy, loss and heartache. Most importantly they find the true value of sticking together as a family. The story was wonderfully constructed, including the characters. It is intriguing and I was really excited to know what will happen next. Story is filled with actions and interesting scenarios, History, romance and time travelling. Finally, this book was one of the best Sci-Fi books that I read after a long time. Oct 16, Mandy Parmenter rated it it was amazing.

Adam Carson is 27, an Engineer and the eldest of 5 siblings. When their parents disappear Adam starts to search for answers as to what had happened. Finding a secret website he convinces his siblings that they are stuck somewhere in the 's and that they should all go and try to find them and bring them back.

They split up when there and Greg goes to the Wild West, Natalie works as a journalist and the two youngest enrol in high school. Having no prior knowledge of the area nor the time are i Adam Carson is 27, an Engineer and the eldest of 5 siblings. Having no prior knowledge of the area nor the time are in they have to get used to the clothes, events and norms of the time which puts them in situations of danger, adventure and there are opportunities for love on the way. This is the first book in this new series from the author and was a great start to a new time travelling series involving the Carson family and the adventures that they are involved in.

There was plenty of drama, danger and even some romance in places, so it was a very enjoyable read. I liked the contrast between the events and experiences of each of the siblings which was a clever way to cover lots of different stories with a common theme to pull them together. The writing was of a good standard and it was easy to empathise with the thoughts and emotions as the characters went through the events in their stories. I'm looking forward now to the next instalment of their combined stories. Oct 26, Lara Girdler rated it it was amazing. Once Again We are encased inside the wonderful world of history meets time travel and John hits one out of the park!

When the Carson "kids" take the leap from to they don't know what will meet them on the other side - they simply hope to find their time-travel wandering parents and bring them home - little did they realize the town of Johnsonstown, PA would become their adopted home and the people who live there will become their adopted family - some find love - some find themselves - Once Again We are encased inside the wonderful world of history meets time travel and John hits one out of the park!

When the Carson "kids" take the leap from to they don't know what will meet them on the other side - they simply hope to find their time-travel wandering parents and bring them home - little did they realize the town of Johnsonstown, PA would become their adopted home and the people who live there will become their adopted family - some find love - some find themselves - and they youngest learn some of life's hardest lessons. I am once again blown away with how well John is able to flesh out his characters while placing them inside his stories like they belong there and have always been there - he seamlessly moves from the modern world to the historic past putting his characters inside of towns and lives as if they were meant to always be there.

It's amazing how well he's able to do this and how easy it is to follow the story once involved! To say I am on pins and needles anxious to find out more about the Carson families adventures and to see if the kids are reunited with their parents - I have been assured everyone makes it to safely - is a vast understatement! I cannot wait for the next installment! May 09, Elissa rated it it was amazing. I said to my spouse "Johnstown flood" and received the response " 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 th I said to my spouse "Johnstown flood" and received the response " 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.

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Complex and well-plotted caveat notwithstanding ; I fully enjoyed this first adventure of the Carson siblings. Mar 19, Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing. Adam Carson and his siblings were still trying to deal with their parents disappearance. Most assumed they were dead although nothing really pointed in that direction.

After a meeting with his parents attorney, Adam decides to look around the house for clues. There must be something they'd overlooked. This was not like his parents at all. What they learn will shock them to their core. This book is fantastic! Heldt knows just how to pull you in and get you hooked before you realize it. Well Adam Carson and his siblings were still trying to deal with their parents disappearance.

Well written and characters we can relate to make this an enjoyable and steady-paced read. Heldt's unique framework for this book sends your mind to the land of "what if. I didn't find any issues. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because the ending is a kind of torture. Apr 17, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction.

The five Carson siblings have been in turmoil since the disappearance of their parents several months earlier. When oldest sibling, Adam receives a packet from his parent's lawyer, the pieces begin to come together. However, the packet reveals a secret website set up by their parents telling of their discovery of time travel portals and the subsequent adventures in different time periods.

After Adam reviews the evidence and reads through how the portals work, he gets his siblings together and th The five Carson siblings have been in turmoil since the disappearance of their parents several months earlier. After Adam reviews the evidence and reads through how the portals work, he gets his siblings together and they unanimously vote to travel through time in order to reach their parents.

They plan to go through a portal near their hometown in Arizona, taking them back to the 's; however when they step through the portal they end up near Johnstown, Pennsylvania in December The siblings quickly try to acclimate themselves into the time and begin the search for their parents. For twin siblings, Cody and Caitlin, this means enrolling in school.

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For middle brother, Greg, an adventure into the truly wild west to track a lead in Arizona territory and California. For Natalie, using her journalism skills to follow leads while Adam manages information and holds down the fort from the temporary home at the Colbert Boarding House. Even though the sibling's main objective is to find their parents and return home, the extended stay in Johnstown has led to romantic entanglements for four of the five siblings and their parents keep slipping through their fingers.

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On May 31st, , the Johnstown flood devastates the town and the inhabitants leaving the Carson siblings in disarray. River Rising is an epic time travel adventure. This is a story you will want to take your time with and sink into. Amazingly, all five siblings: Adam, Greg, Natalie, Cody and Caitlin are very well developed and individual characters. They each take turns at telling their part of the story through their point of view while continuing a cohesive story line. Pennsylvania was a wonderful year to travel back to; much like the Carson siblings I was amazed at the time period where Benjamin Harrison had just been elected President, Mark Twain was in his prime, the West was still wild and Punxsutawney Phil has made his first appearance.

Through the sibling's eyes, I was able to see many of these events first hand. Unlike the characters in Heldt's other time travel series, the Carson siblings did not travel through time thinking about the possibility of altered timelines. I am very interested in how their very involved actions in may have altered things in the present. I am also very interested in how the time portals work; it is know that they appear on solstices and seem to appear in areas that are known to be sacred or have paranormal activity. I would love to figure out more about them and where else they seem to pop up.

Near the end of the Carson sibling's grand adventure, the game of cat and mouse that they have been playing with their parents seems to be no closer to the end and the intensity increases when tragedy strikes with Johnstown flood; I had a hard time putting the book down. Ending, with a huge cliffhanger, I can not wait to see what happens with the Carson family next.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. Oct 05, Jacob rated it liked it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading River Rising. The concept of time travel has always interested me and I enjoyed where the story went with it. I did feel that many of the characters were fairly flat and especially the women even portrayed some stereotypes that were unpleasant at times.

The repetition, especially in dialogue, really got to me. I found it distracting and it pulled me out of the story. I noticed that frequently when one character would ask a question, the respond I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading River Rising. I noticed that frequently when one character would ask a question, the responding character would echo words in their answer. This happened much too often to feel natural and it was not even a quirk of one particular character - most of them spoke like this! I did enjoy the how the some of the relationships grew in this book.

There were also many amazing points of historical interest which were very intriguing to learn about! The action near the end of the book is pretty intense and well done. Apr 09, Elane Duncan rated it it was amazing. What a fabulous book Bout time travel Yes this author has a way to paint pictures in your mind. You are really there watching, seeing and most of all Feeling what the characters feel. Love all the details. Once again I am typing out a review wiping away the tears. Yes, Mr. Heldt has once again written a wonderful story!! I read 2 first and went back to pick up this one.

Can't wait to start 3. I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book and it did not disappoint! The setting and tone of this book are a deviation from Heldt's norm. In his past books, Heldt kept the tone a light-hearted and sentimental, even when tragedy struck; however, the light-heartedness I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. In his past books, Heldt kept the tone a light-hearted and sentimental, even when tragedy struck; however, the light-heartedness and sentimentality take a back seat when tragedy strikes and the characters are more expressive about their darker feelings.


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I think this lends more realism to the characters and their predicaments than Heldt's previous books. It feels less like a pleasant escape from reality and more like an accurate re-telling of a time and the people who lived during that time. Even though Heldt takes pride in the historical accuracy of his novels, don't expect a dry read.

The characters are lively, witting, and completely engaging; the setting is detailed, bustling with life, and totally absorbing. The mishap with one of the brothers who is trying to catch up to their parents in Arizona had an ending that was unpredictable when compared to Heldt's earlier works, and I think it adds to the suspense of the cliffhanger at the end of the book.

If you enjoyed Heldt's previous books, I think you'll enjoy River Rising.

I certainly did and I managed to read it one day! If you haven't read Heldt's previous books and you enjoy historical drama, I think you will also enjoy the realism and the compelling characters in this first installment of the "Carson Chronicles. May 30, Lydia Bellamy rated it it was amazing. A definitive turner, no sleep no food. Great characters, great storyline.

I like that everyone is so real. Historic events are emotional, you feel your part of the story. Well done. Oct 17, Cydne Rovman rated it it was amazing. Wow Best book he has written so far. I have read all of John's books. And this series will be the. Rey best by far. Also, I feel his writing has gotten much ,ore intense, and captivating. Can not wait for the next. Jun 07, Gary Aubry rated it it was amazing.

What a ride! Thoroughly enjoyable read! I love the integration of historical fact with fiction. I can not wait to read Book 2! Mar 15, Ethan rated it it was ok Recommends it for: very few people. River Rising is the first in a collection of time travel epics featuring the Carson family. Lead by two professors from modern Arizona, the family is comprised of five siblings, the youngest being a twin combo in the latter stages of high school. This first installment I will not be reading the second sends the Carson children back to Johnstown PA in in pursuit of their parents who had recently disappeared on a time travelling expedition of their own.

They arrive at and are temporarily st River Rising is the first in a collection of time travel epics featuring the Carson family. They arrive at and are temporarily stranded in Johnstown PA just in time to witness the historic flood that made that location famous. If forced to guess, I would have assumed the author stepped out of a Leave it to Beaver episode or was formerly a writer of witless banter for some morning coffee show like Regis and Kathy Lee.

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Setting aside that the author blatantly ignored the logical pitfalls of time travel for most of the book like the butterfly effect and the horrifically flawed logic of all five siblings traveling back in time to chase after their missing parents rather than just sending one or two of them, the basic story line is pretty good.

I beg for a moment of silence as we morn the tragic loss of an otherwise sound plot premise. It was brutally slain in its prime at the hands of its creator. Rest in peace unrealized soul, rest in peace. This critique begins with the characters: The youngest members of the family were supposed to be high school seniors. I was waiting for them to start jumping rope or playing marbles in the streets. Though not age appropriate, the twins were noticeably different and likeable for different reasons.

The other siblings seemed a bit more age appropriate but had very little in the way of character development to distinguish them from one another. If you add in the 19th century characters, the result is an ensemble of like-minded, like-mannered, like-motivated purists that seemed to walk straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting rather than their respective settings of origin. Perhaps part of the reason the characters seemed indistinguishable was the overly simplistic and otherwise juvenile dialogue between them.

Chimps speaking in sign have deeper conversations. The attempt to craft hasty love stories out of this backdrop of simple discourse is even more painful to endure. It reads more like a young adult novel rather than historical fiction. Bottom line: The story premise is barely stimulating enough to help me overcome the horrible writing to get me to the end.

The chapters on the flood are well done and obviously well researched which probably saved the rest of the book. Would I recommend this to a friend? Only if they had a pre-teen daughter that liked to read historical fiction. Oct 17, Dan Frayman rated it it was amazing. Excellent time travel novel I've enjoyed all of John A.

Heart's books, and this one did not disappoint. I look forward to the next book in the series. Oct 13, Karen Cook rated it it was amazing. What a story, what a plausible story. But I need more , I need to know, what happens! Hurry up with the next book!!!! Nov 29, Peg rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , romantic-suspense , fantasy , time-travel , light-romance. River Rising is a well-written, and engaging time-travel novel. Two professors from Arizona, Tim, and Caroline Carson disappeared, in , leaving their five children devastated. A couple of months after their disappearance, however, the eldest sibling, twenty-seven-year-old, Adam, received a letter from the family attorney.

Although the letter was puzzling, it gave Adam some clues, as to what might have happened, to his parents and how to find them as well. The correspondence read more like a River Rising is a well-written, and engaging time-travel novel. The correspondence read more like a fantasy novel than a letter. His parents wrote of time-travel and living in the s. So, after having a family meeting, the siblings planned the scariest and most exciting journey of their lives.

The five of them were going to do the unthinkable. It was time to find their parents. The Carson siblings knew that Arizona in the s would not be the safest place to be, but what choice did they have? All they could do was to plan for possible problems. But, real life has a way of changing plans; however, like traveling to Pennsylvania instead of Arizona, getting caught in floods, running from the law, and falling in love. This book is a blend of sweet romance, love, historical fiction, and suspense. River Rising is the first book in the new series, The Carson Chronicles.

It sets the reader up for the books to follow, so there is a cliffhanger at the end of book one. If you enjoy historical fiction and time-travel novels, River Rising may be the book for you. Thank you, John Heldt for my complementary copy of River Rising! Sep 21, Sheri rated it it was amazing.

He soon finds that his parents are time travelers and they may be stuck in the 's. He convinces his siblings to come with him to try to find their parents. His brother Greg will look for them in the "Wild West". Soon the siblings will be facing many things they never thought of.

As they nativgate America of the past, they will experience many adventures, love, danger and meet people as well. But will they find their parents? And what will they learn from this trip back in time? A fantastic story. I am a lover of time-travel, and have read all of John A. Heldt books. I greatly enjoyed River Rising and look forward to more in this series. I strongly recommend to those who love a great time travel. Jan 11, Cynthia Hilston rated it really liked it.

Summary: Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Being a fan of time travel and historical fiction, this novel piqued my interest when the Summary: Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers.

Being a fan of time travel and historical fiction, this novel piqued my interest when the author approached me to ask if I would read and review it. His younger siblings include Greg a history teacher , Natalie a journalist , and twins Cody and Caitlin still in high school. Early on in the book, most of the chapters are devoted to Adam. Although the narrative is third person, the chapters switch focus on which sibling is in the center of the action.

The exception to this is his sister, Natalie, who gets her own chapter early on. She finds her boyfriend cheating on her, and it makes the decision to leave life in to go to that much easier. I would argue that all of the siblings pretty much collectively make this decision too easily. It would be a lot to ask anyone to leave everything they know and travel to another time. The fear of something happening during the unknown process of time traveling or the risks of trying to live in the past are very real fears, not to mention the possibility that the mission might fail.

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Adam and his siblings are pretty clueless on how these time vortices work, except that they are active on the equinoxes and the solstices. I am glad they took the chance to find their parents and do the noble thing, but I would have liked to have seen more struggle with the decision. The author does a good job of researching the time period.

He gives nice references to Mark Twain, to the technology of the time, and the social conventions. It is obvious that he researched the s well when writing this novel. The true excitement for this story begins upon their arrival in When they step out of the vortex, they are in Sedona anymore or Kansas for that matter--ha, ha , but rather in rural Pennsylvania. They make their way to the nearest town of Johnstown, and after talking with the hotel clerk, find out that their parents just passed through the town.

The Carsons arrive on December 21, and decide to stay until at least March 20, , when the equinox will be. Greg is sent out west to explore Arizona and California, because a jeweler in Johnstown tells them that the older Carsons told him they would be traveling in that direction. The rest of the siblings remain in Johnstown.

Natalie meets young and handsome reporter Sam Prentiss, who works for the local paper. She gets a job as a columnist there, also in hopes of getting connections to finding out information on her parents. She knows they met with Mark Twain, so she procures an interview with the man himself. In the midst of all this, she develops feelings for the wealthy Sam, finding her heart torn between falling in love and knowing she will have to leave in a few short weeks. The twins attend high school. Cody quickly falls for pretty Emma, and Caitlin is wrapped up in learning as much as she can about the times.

He keeps tabs on the rest of his siblings and on gaining information on his parents. A shootout ensues when traveling with him in the desert! Greg manages to make it to San Francisco, where he explores the theatres, as his parents are lovers of the arts and would have likely visited the theatres while in town. He develops his own love interest with Julia Jamison, an older widow who is an actress. Little does he know he just crossed paths with his parents, Tim and Caroline Carson, while eating in a restaurant one night! Details on what buildings were in San Francisco prior to the earthquake, what sorts of guns were used in the Wild West, and the fare that was eaten during the time period are nice touches.

The author does a great job with setting.


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Despite my earlier concern about character development, I believe Mr. Heldt more than makes up for that as the novel progresses. This is a long book at over pages, so patience is a virtue when reading. The divided nature of every character caught with connecting to the s and returning to their own time is believable and understandable for anyone caught in such a plight. I like the subtle romance of a time when public displays of affection were frowned upon, when people were much more formal, despite the tugging of their heartstrings. The Carson siblings may very well lose their parents forever is that happens.