by John Lopas
Published June 26th 2013 by Outskirts Press
An accident sends Dakota to the past; a modern gadget threatens his future. Great Falls National Park, Virginia: Dakota Wesley drops his kayak into the river's shallow edge. Below him the waterfalls roar in a maelstrom of nature's fury. Shaking off last-second jitters, he peels out into the Potomac's chilly waters, the fast current sweeping his boat downstream and into the realm of no turning back...chasing the big whitewater thrill. But then something goes terribly wrong. When he comes to, Dakota finds that his modern surroundings have vanished. Instead, he discovers the Virginia landscape of an era long past-nearly 150 years earlier-a time torn by civil war. In order to survive, he joins another man's desperate plight, and together they fend off starvation, foraging parties, and locals who question Dakota's identity. Desperate to return to his future, Dakota finds hope in the form of a modern gadget, one that can change his fortunes. But it may also lead to his demise... Expertly weaving a passion for the great outdoors with historical events, Great Falls is a unique and compelling new novel of unexpected journeys and chance encounters.
The book is a delightful mix of fact and fiction. The author seems to have done some research into the time period and the places. GREAT FALLS is a time travel read. In the beginning you have Dakota who loves to kayak on the white water. He is very skilled at doing this. Only this time, something happened. He started out living a normal life in a modern day setting and then he was in the middle of the Civil War. The author does a good job of describing the scenes and the characters. You could almost see the people and places. The author takes you on a trip away from everyday life and you take a journey back 150 years. It really did take me back. l I felt like I was with Dakota on the farm and during his photographing the war. The author engages you from the first page and you hold on for the ride. It was a page turner. There was a lot of history in the book of which the author didn't overwhelm you. It was very interesting. I really liked the fascination over the modern camera. Like a jewel that was catching the sun's rays. I was rather disappointed when the end came. I just wanted more. I can't wait to read the next book and soon I hope. Does Dakota make it back in time, to the modern world, or does he remain in the past? I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you like time travel and adventure. The book was not a disappointment at all. It was quite good.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of GREAT FALLS by the author, John Lopas for my unbiased review.