A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Friday, November 8, 2013


Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition is a 2013 release and published by Drake Valley Press. The book is co- authored by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the year 2000, Cady is a soap opera actress. She takes care of her mother, who has a mental illness that started when Cady's father disappeared on the same day JFK was killed. Cady's mother was left pregnant and clueless as to what became of her husband. She spends money like it grows on trees and hires private detectives to search for her missing husband.
Then Cady's ex-husband and agent stands by and allows Cady to lose her long running job on her soap opera. But, almost immediately she is offered another job.
This job is somewhat more complicated.
Cady has been offered the opportunity to go back in time to 1963 and retrieve the Bible used to swear in LBJ after Kennedy's death. The lure is not time travel itself or the possibility of preventing the assassination, but the chance to find out about her father, then hopefully changing the future for the better for her mother.
When Cady feels she has nothing to lose, but a great deal to gain, she accepts the job.

Using her skills as an actress, Cady only has a short time to discover the plot behind the assassination and to prevent it, if possible.
The first thing she discovers is her father and he's not quite like her mother described him all these years.
Cady also quickly begins to rub elbows with some of the major players involved, leading her on a journey that will have a long lasting effect, not only on Cady, but on the entire nation.

At one time of another, I think we have all fantasized about traveling back in time. Going back to 1963 is one of the most popular periods people think about when the topic of time travel comes up. We all want to know if someone was on the grassy knoll, if Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, and if there was any way possible we could prevent the murder of JFK. Could we warn him? Would he listen? Can history really be changed?

This incredible story allows us to indulge in that fantasy. A clever way of inventing time travel is devised that actually made sense. The nostalgia of seeing favorite TV shows, movies and fashions, cars and even things like candy we don't ever see anymore, is fun to remember.
Cady lives out a fantasy we would all like to try, even if it meant we were in danger ourselves. Some things are just bigger that one person. There were some really hard lessons Cady had to learn about her own personal history. But, she shows incredible bravery and courage in her attempts to change history.
The story sticks to one theory of why the President was targeted and by whom. Again, this theory is entirely plausible. Recognizable names and places are incorporated into the story and adds authenticity.
Although the story is very tense, there were humorous moments as well. There may even be a little romance thrown in for good measure.
This is a well crafted fantasy, very fast paced, and emotional.
For me personally, I have been a JFK conspiracy theory junkie for years. I have often thought about how wonderful it would be if we could travel back in time to change the terrible events of that day. I know I am not the only one. I would have to agree with the author's spin of what might have happened if JFK had lived. I think that speculation was also quite plausible.
Even if you are not all that interested in the history or conspiracy theories, I think this book would still appeal to those that enjoy thrillers, and fantasy, and there was even a bit of a whimsical feel to it as well.
Overall this think this one deserves an A+


  1. Thanks for hosting us, and for the lovely review, Julie! So sorry I didn't see it till now, but will link to it so others can stop by!

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading FORWARD TO CAMELOT and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great read. This is full of action and surprises. What a great motion picture it would make. You do not want to miss this one.


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