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The Lost Journal [Kindle Edition]

Chris Blewitt
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1778, during the peak of the Revolutionary War, a secret document is hidden and its whereabouts are known to only one man. Now, more than two centuries later, Seth Layton accidentally discovers the journal that will unlock its location and he is on a quest to find it. Joined by his grandfather and new female friend, Madison, they follow the trail through historic Philadelphia to the streets of Washington DC. Chased by unsavory characters and some powerful people that also want the journal, Seth soon realizes he's in over his head. What American secret will the journal unveil and will Seth and his companions live long enough to reveal it?

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About the Author

Chris Blewitt is the author of Deep Rough, a thriller about Augusta National and the Masters.  Deep Rough has been the #1 Kindle book in the categories of Sports, Golf, and Sports Gambling.  Chris is also the author of The Chemist, based on a true story during Prohibition.  Chris is a salesman, husband, father of three and lives just outside of Philadelphia.  Learn more @

Product Details

  • File Size: 1194 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061O7E6C
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
To begin, I appreciated the historically accurate tie-ins to this fun and entertaining work of fiction. The novel takes the reader on an adventure that reminded me a lot of the Nicolas Cage National Treasure movies, and it's paced like that as well. Plenty of action, plenty of questions, and plenty of dead-ends that allow the reader to discover things right along with the characters--I find it's always nice as a reader to feel you're along for the ride. It isn't predictable, which I also liked. It will keep you guessing right until the end.

Overall, it's a great read, and one that I highly recommend. I look forward to other books of this nature in the future.

--Cheryl Bradshaw
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK..... just OK. June 22, 2012
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I don't know how else to put it.... it was just OK.

National Treasure-ish but not as fun. The clues weren't as clever, the trail wasn't as convoluted, the prize wasn't (as it turned out) as exciting.

Could use an editor's eyeballs as well.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put down the book January 9, 2012
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I'm not one to post reviews, but the book was "fun" to read. I think the fact that it surrounded areas that I had been to in "real life" was interesting (ie, Valley Forge, Independence hall and many others.)

If you like books in the vein of "National Treasure" then this book is for you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but a bit contrived June 25, 2012
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While I enjoyed this book, there were far too many "coincidences" that kept the plot moving along. The right thing always seemed to happen at the right time. It happened early and often and had me groaning in frustration. Many have compared it to the National Treasure movies -- and rightly so. But it's not quite up to par with those films. I get the impression that the author really put a lot of heart into this book and applaud the effort, but he should strive for better on his next book. While reading the book, I considered emailing the author to offer to edit his next one, but then I saw at the end of his book that he thanked someone for editing it for him. Maybe next time he should have two editors. I got it free. It was totally worth it. I'm not disappointed I read it. But I'm not going to hunt for the sequel either.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History CAN be fun! January 16, 2012
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The Lost Journal is nothing less than a fun, adventure lover's story. With chapters taking place at some of the US's most prominent historical settings, this book is sure to be intriguing to thriller and history lovers alike. The author does a good job at filling the reader in on the history of certain places and people without ever bogging down the prose or slowing down the scene, and you'll spend the entire time guessing just what the characters are trying to uncover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good history novel May 14, 2013
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Interesting premise and background of George Washington. Keeps the reader engaged trying to figure out what's next.
I would recommend to anyone who likes history and mysteries.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At least I finished it.. June 6, 2012
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I agree with the reviewer who stated that they really wanted to like this book, or at least not hate it. I never thought I could say this about a book but I really did not like it. I finished it with the hope that at least the big secret would be worth it. I wish I had just left it up to my imagination. The "National Treasure" comparison people are making is just plain ridiculous. That movie had a solid storyline with creativity that gave the audience enjoyable, historical entertainment. Those movies allowed for a mystery focused on our founders without smudging the premise on which our nation was founded. This book started off intriguing with an interesting puzzle and then took a sharp left turn off a cliff. The coincidences and lack of creativity made the big secret a complete flop. It doesn't even make sense why the centerpiece of the story even existed. I don't think I have ever read any fiction that I didn't like - until now! If you have zero understanding of the founding of this country and don't care to, then this book is right up your alley! Extra bonus points if you love conspiracy theories that put a bullet in the Declaration of Independence and basically spit on the graves of all those who died fighting in the Revolution.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better June 6, 2012
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I got this book thinking it would be a good historical mystery. It turned out it was trying too hard to be National Treasure. The plot was paper thin, the characters were basically stupid.

To be honest I felt stupid reading it. I really wanted to like or at least not hate this book, but the way the plot unraveled I couldn't.

If you can get it as a freebie you can read it without loosing money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars will read more from this author
Well done, unique view on history and plausible.
Published 1 month ago by Chimera
2.0 out of 5 stars trite and underwhelming
The plot seemed conveniently pulled together in efforts to span gaps and historical realities.
Several times, I caught myself looking for more intricate and complex undertones... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jarrod Krug
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
I found this book a compelling read. While many of the situations in the book seem not to be realistic, neither is 'science fiction'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars fast read
I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and an easy read. I enjoyed reading about National landmarks and George Washington.
Published 3 months ago by Evelyn Hegener
5.0 out of 5 stars great historical novel - fast paced
Loved the characters, simple but believe able. The story was a wild ride, but totally enjoyable. Look forward to more from Chris Blewitt.
Published 3 months ago by Madison Foxvalgal
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An enjoyable read. A little improbable. It was a decent beach book.
Published 4 months ago by Nomad
2.0 out of 5 stars another race for a treasure novel
Quick read. Fairly good, and with what we know today, fairly plausible. Good cast of characters. A little awkward with British agents able to run about as they pleased, and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Juli Gasque
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
Lacked the intricate detail needed, in my opinion, for a book of this type to be believable. There were some gaps in fleshing out the story to it's full potential. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Regina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good fun
Published 5 months ago by ANDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical mystery
I found this book a joy to read. It was fast paced with lots of history to keep you guessing as to what they were looking for. Great afternoon rainy day book.
Published 6 months ago by Diana
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More About the Author

A writer as well as a reader, I am always perusing the virtual bookshelves looking for the next great novel. I enjoy reading thrillers and mysteries of popular authors like John Sandford, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, T. Jefferson Parker, and Vince Flynn. There are also some new authors that have caught my eye like Michael Wallace, Dan Dawkins, Cheryl Bradshaw and J. Carson Black. I've even inspired my 14-yr old nephew, Jake, to write & publish his own short story, Third Time's the Charm. I'm a history buff which brought about the writing of The Chemist, The Lost Journal and the newly released Foxworth Academy. As a golf enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed writing Deep Rough. A 10-handicapper, I am still trying to get my handicap back in the single digits like it was at one time (5.5) before kids!

Feel free to send an email to or follow me on Twitter @cblewitt.

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