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Blowback '94: When the Only Way Forward Is Back (Blowback Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
Iris Jongler-Jinks is about to make her greatest discovery yet.
If you want to rescue someone who’s lost in the past - DIY.
In Blowback ’07, Iris discovered her family’s ancient cor anglais - the Horn of Angels - that sends time voyagers to the past. She’s certain it’s where her mother is - marooned in the past.
˃˃˃ In Blowback ’63, Iris discovered that her twin brother Arky is the worst time traveler to ever century hop.
Now it’s Iris’s turn. She is hurled to a time that dreams are made of. A place where her quest to find their mom throws Iris into the company of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, and the most scandalous performer the Moulin Rouge has ever known. But Iris’s mission isn’t all legends and the City of Light. Her time-travel trashing brother crashes the party. And the siren calls of the past that seem to have bewitched their mother begin to work their spellbinding magic on Iris, and even Arky.
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"With this stunning conclusion to the Blowback trilogy, author Brian Meehl weaves together the extravagance of 1894 Parisian society with clever time travel and compelling, stunningly human characters to create his best work yet...an elegant and blissful story." - LitPick, Phillip DeGroot
★ (Red Star, IR Approved)
"...a hugely enjoyable and fast-paced adventure...full of fun, imaginative dialogue and unforgettable personas. Though part of a series, Blowback '94 fully stands on its own." - IndieReader, 4.0 IR Rating
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"This book is a must read, if only for the scenes with Le Pétomane!...a fantastic series for older middle school readers and absolutely necessary for high school collections." - Ms. Yingling Reads
"...fresh and fast-paced...Meehl's writing is evocative...with its compelling writing, likeable characters and well-crafted plot, Blowback '94 will find a welcoming audience." - blueink review
★ ★ ★ ★ and ½
"...a very satisfying close to an original and captivating series. Blowback '94 is the most complete and engaging offering in the trilogy, aided by a classic setting, fully explored characters, and a confident voice from start to finish." - SP Review
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"It has been a while since I've liked the finale of a book series as much as I do this one...an amazing historical fiction novel." - LitPick, Joshua Taflin
★ ★ ★ ★ (Clarion Rating)
"...a time travel adventure made more tantalizing because of the friendships, love, and loss that it features." - ForewordReview, Hope Hills
Iris Jongler-Jinks-a music dork-and her annoyingly smart twin brother, Arky, were busy preparing for their senior year of high school, along with prom and college applications. But with their mother Octavia lost in time for the past year and a half, the siblings are understandably worried. When the cor anglais, a musical instrument which is also a magical heirloom with the power to transport the Jongler-Jinkses through the ages comes to life on its own, the twins are suddenly transported to Paris in 1894 at the height of the Moulin Rouge's fame. Following clues that their mother may well be there, Arky and Iris search Paris, their fears that their mother has forgotten them and found a new family in the past growing as the mystery of her whereabouts deepens. Back in their hometown Belleplain and their "hometime," Howard, their father, is frantic to figure out what has happened to his family. With the help of Matt, the twin's teenage friend, Howard tries to save his family in the present. But Matt suspects Howard may be responsible for his wife and children's disappearance.
With a cast of characters including the Jongler-Jinks's drunken cousin James, famous artists Toulouse-Lautrec and Edward Degas and their long-lost mother, Brian Meehl's BLOWBACK '94 is full of fun, imaginative dialogue and unforgettable personas. Dancing between past and present builds suspense and makes for a startling contrast between the modern world and the old Paris of gaslights, sidewalk cafes, insane artists and the debauchery of the Moulin Rouge. Even after the teen twins find their mother in the past, will they be able to return to the present? And what will happen to their father during their unexplained absence? The answers will keep readers racing through this story, enjoying every clever plot twist along the way. Though part of a series, BLOWBACK '94 fully stands on its own.
Billed as a novel in the "young adult" genre, Brian Meehl's BLOWBACK '94 is a witty and engaging tale that readers of all ages can enjoy, especially those with an interest in seeing history brought to vivid life. Lush and gritty descriptions of past Paris, well-researched history, quirky characters and family drama, make this a hugely enjoyable and fast-paced adventure. - IndieReader, Royal Young
From the Back Cover
"Meehl's deft characterization and gift for infusing historical facts with emotional depth and motivation makes for a consuming read." - Foreword Reviews
"It's difficult to follow up a great first book with an equally thrilling second, but that's exactly what Brian Meehl has done with Blowback '63." - LitPick
"A perfect cliffhanger blows readers toward the next installment." - Kirkus Reviews
- ASIN : B08P3RNKST
- Publisher : Twisko Press; 2nd edition (November 23, 2020)
- Publication date : November 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 9051 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #864,264 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really liked this story and the way that it explored the history of Paris and got the characters wrapped up in the events that were taking place. I also liked that it could easily be a stand alone book with its own main focus, along with being part of the bigger trilogy and storyline. The characters were well developed and the action kept me interested throughout. I think that fans of thrillers and mysteries will enjoy this as it does a nice job of blending the two genres together.
The author’s infectious prose works on every level, especially in a sci-fi time travel fantasy for young readers. He sets the tone for this airborne story in the opening lines: “Opening her eyes, Iris Jongler-Jinks remembered shouting, “But I’m going to the prom!” Then everything had gone white. Was it a dream? Iris wondered as she took in her new surroundings. Am I still dreaming? She seemed to be standing in a glass box or booth. Outside the glass, thick gray fog slowly churned. The fog triggered another image: white snakes of mist. It brought her full memory flooding back.’ In that brief passage, so much of the novel’s content is suggested as we soon discover.
Meehl has provided a new summary for this fine book, presented just before the story begins: ‘‘Amazon: Iris Jongler-Jinks is about to make her greatest discovery yet. If you want to rescue someone who’s lost in the past - DIY. In Blowback ’07, Iris discovered her family’s ancient cor anglais - the Horn of Angels - that sends time voyagers to the past. She’s certain it’s where her mother is - marooned in the past. In Blowback ’63, Iris discovered that her twin brother Arky is the worst time traveler to ever century hop. Now it’s Iris’s turn. She is hurled to a time that dreams are made of. A place where her quest to find their mom throws Iris into the company of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, and the most scandalous performer the Moulin Rouge has ever known. But Iris’s mission isn’t all legends and the City of Light. Her time-travel trashing brother crashes the party. And the siren calls of the past that seem to have bewitched their mother begin to work their spellbinding magic on Iris, and even Arky.’
This is a sparkling achievement in writing for youngsters – of any age! – and provides not only a fine adventure in time travel, but also adds witty asides, some history lessons, some romance and many tender moments. It is successful on every level. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 21
The writing style of this book was fluid. It invites every reader to continue to read the story page by page because it has this exhilarating narration. There were lots of exciting things that happened in this story and those scenes are hard to forget. The theme of this story is quite different from most of the books and that makes it a unique novel. Consider it your next read!