Summary from Amazon:
Months after stealing two-time machines, the Lanes, a modern family of seven, make a stand against the unhinged software mogul who wants them back. They travel to 1941 Oahu to eliminate the billionaire’s mercenary, an assassin who has chased them through time.
While son Jordan, a former intelligence officer, stalks his unknowing foe in the streets of Honolulu, his parents, younger siblings, and pregnant wife settle in the village of Laie, where love, friendship, and opportunity await. All seek refuge from the perils of time travel.
Hit man Silas Bain has his own agenda. He hopes to alter the events of December 7, 1941, and indirectly save a brilliant German physicist, his employer’s grandfather, from certain death. He has prepared for every contingency, except the charms of a beautiful heiress.
Filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, THE REFUGE takes readers on a thrilling and memorable ride through the colorful, magical, and dangerous world of pre-Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
When I finished The Fair I was really really wanting to find out how this family was going to begin to move forward and continue to outsmart and outrun the multi-billionaire Robert Deveraux and his hit man Silas Bain and man did John ever continue to blow me away. This time he takes us right into the heart of Hawaii before that fateful date of December 7, 1941. Having just spent time touring the USS North Carolina here in Wilmington, NC I was itching to get my hands on this book and find out what would happen next.
While Bain has his sweet moments with the blonde widow he spends time and, and he even begins to think perhaps he can put his nefarious ways aside and begin to live a ‘normal’ life – he again cannot let go of who he really his and that two sided aspect of his life weighs heavily on his mind. This push and pull helps the reader define the character and develop a would-be interest in seeing Bain perhaps change….then again perhaps not…
On the flip side are the Lanes, or hero family, the protagonists if you will – they have finally found what they think to be a small slice of paradise and think perhaps they can put Devereaux and Bain aside for even just an inkling, but little do they know that Bain is right in their backyard – its crazy really. Jesse is expecting, and is late into her pregnancy when Jordan goes to Honolulu to try and find Bain and put a stop to his plan, the two men circle around each other for weeks and months. The Lanes settle into life and only hope that Bain is a distant memory when Jordan returns.
I loved this book – it truly does continue the story – the constant push and pull of the protagonists and antagonists is John’s specialty, I told someone a few weeks ago that reading his books is like watching a movie of someone you know intimately. The way he develops his stories and characters really makes it like you are reading a story as being told by an older member of your family and the people aren’t just characters on a page they are members of your own family. That deep connection is just so easy to make because the characters are so well developed.
I am itching to see this story reach its conclusion!
Again Five out of Five Stars for The Refuge.
About the Author John A. Heldt
John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.
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