Crown City by John A Heldt – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free copy of Crown City, the final installment in John Heldt’s Time Box series. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Crown City by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

Two years after stealing portable time machines, the Lanes, a family from the present day, stop running and start living. They settle in the seaside town of Coronado, California, in 1963.

For Jordan, Laura, and Jeremy, the oldest children, the respite is a chance to nurture relationships, start families, and explore the country. It is an opportunity to put down roots.

For Ashley, the youngest, it is a chance to thrive. Now fourteen, she is ready to start high school, make friends, and make up for lost time. She finds popularity and more after a classmate nominates her for freshman homecoming princess.

Robert Devereaux could not care less. The deranged billionaire wants his time machines back and is willing to do anything to get them. He sends a hit man to the past, setting into motion a final confrontation between a hunter and his prey.

In CROWN CITY, the suspenseful finale of the Time Box saga, a defiant family finds romance, friendship, and danger as it navigates the final months of the Kennedy presidency.

Crown City is the fifth and final book in the Time Box series. You can read it as a stand-alone read but it is much better in my opinion to read the whole series, so here are my reviews of the previous titles in this saga.
The Lane Betrayal
The Fair
Sea Spray
The Refuge

The story starts where The Refuge left off. The time-traveling Lane family have just arrived in 1963. Their numbers have been bolstered by close friend Randy Taylor from the modern day and Sarah Gustafson from 1941.

The clan splits in two with Laura, Jeremy, Randy and Sarah taking a train trip round the country, packing in a lot of both iconic and personal moments in history such as seeing Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.

Meanwhile the others settle in 2 locations near San Diego. Mark, Mary and 14 year old Ashley are in Coronado. They have chosen this location because they are hoping to nudge the timeline of events in Robert Devereaux’s history, Mark Lane’s crazy ex-business partner. Ashley enrols in high school and makes new friends. Whilst Jordon, Jessie and baby Penny are about 20 miles away in Lakeside.

And of course Robert is still combing historical records for clues as to when and where they might be, in order to set his hitman Silas Bain on them again.

But Randy makes trips back to the modern day to try to prod things into action there.

Are they safe or does danger lurk? And what about their efforts to change Robert’s history? Another fantastic page turner including buckets of history, teenage rebellion and romance.

Crown City is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. I highly recommend this book which brings a brilliant series to its conclusion, (no spoilers). And do I sense Craig might feature in a new series?

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
Firstly all of The Carson Chronicles series.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Caitlin’s Song
Camp Lake

Plus some of his earlier titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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4 thoughts on “Crown City by John A Heldt – book review

  1. sarahmo3w

    This sounds an intriguing book and an intriguing series! Stephen King’s time travel book 11.22.63 (I think!) is one of my favourite books ever.



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