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Friday, September 19, 2014

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition by Susan Sloate & Kevin Finn

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition by Susan Sloate & Kevin Finn
Genre: Adult (Science Fiction/Historical Fiction)
Date Published: October 31, 2013
Publisher: Drake Valley Press


On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003, now extensively revised and re-edited, and 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 …

Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn was extremely intreresting amd really made me think. I'll be honest, I didn't know if I was going to like it. I was afraid I would be bored, but, I was pleasantly surprised. I've seen many of the conspiracy theory documentaries, but I never truly studied them or President Kennedy for that matter. So, this book really sparked my interest and I spent a lot of time on google during and after finishing, because I wanted to know who was fiction vs real people and speculation vs fact. It was all so interesting. There was a lot of pretty intense action, making this a fast read. Plus, there's a touch of romance that wasn't at all a focal point to the story, but it was a fun little addition. I really like that the authors came together to revise this story ten years after they originally wrote it with new information that had been released over those ten years. That really shows me they care about this story, and takes it to a new level. Just by reading it, you can feel the admiration these authors have for President Keneddy. Their passion for this story flowed from the pages.

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition by Susan Sloate & Kevin Finn was kindly provided to me by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tour for review. The opinions are my own.

     It was a famous photograph, one I’d seen many times. In the center of the photograph was a tall, burly man, with thinning hair slicked back, a large face, big flappy ears, right hand raised piously, facing a small brisk woman with dark hair and glasses. On the man’s right, crowded next to him, seeming crushed by his vitality, was another small dark woman, her face blank with conflicting emotions.
     But the man, for all his bulk and heartiness, was not the magnetic force in the photograph. The woman on his left was. Younger than anyone else, with dark glossy hair, in a bulky light suit, her profile regal even in her anguish, blood spattering her clothes, she stood watching sightlessly. Her beauty and grief drew all eyes. Her pain was almost visible on the photo itself.
     “This is the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson as president on Air Force One in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. His wife is on his right. Jacqueline Kennedy stands on his left. Sarah Hughes is the judge administering the oath. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated only a couple of hours before.”
     “I know the photograph, George.”
     “Good for you. Look here.” He pointed carefully at the almost invisible edges of the book under Johnson’s massive hand. “Johnson, of course, needed to be sworn on a Bible.  Here it is, being held by Mrs. Hughes.”
     “You want the Bible Johnson took the oath on?”
     “I do. That Bible belonged to President Kennedy. As a piece of history, part of one of the twentieth-century’s most pivotal events… that Bible would be beyond price. And I intend to have it.”

Susan Sloate is the author of 20 previous books, including the recent bestsellerStealing Fire and Realizing You (with Ron Doades), for which she invented a new genre: the self-help novel. The original 2003 edition of Forward to Camelot became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in three literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.

Susan has also written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which won the silver medal in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and a screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns and founded an author’s festival in her hometown of Mount Pleasant, SC.

To learn more about Susan Sloate and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

After beginning his career as a television news and sports writer-producer, Kevin Finn moved on to screenwriting and has authored more than a dozen screenplays. He is a freelance script analyst and has worked for the prestigious American Film Institute Writer’s Workshop Program. He now produces promotional trailers, independent film projects including the 2012 documentary SETTING THE STAGE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and local content for Princeton Community Television.

To learn more about Kevin Finn and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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1 comment :

  1. Thanks for hosting us today--and for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed the book, and happy to connect with you and your readers!


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