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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

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Today, we're diving head first into the first book of a Young Adult series that promises adventure, mystery, and high-flying fun!  Did I also mention it stars a headstrong and intelligent leading lady that more than earns her wings for her skill, quick thinking, and puzzling abilities?  Oh, bad...consider it mentioned.  Ready or not, fair readers, today's book of choice is standing by on the runway and ready to take flight...

Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, Book 1
Iain Reading
Createspace Independent Publishing

About the book...
This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climactic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.


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This is a series that lives up to its promises.
How so? Well then, let's look...shall we?

We start out on a nature expedition to record migration routes and habits of humpback whales in and around Alaska.  Good so far?  Okay, so then we end up trapped with Kitty as we're kidnapped by potential thugs on a treasure quest.   Still with me?  Then, we have what seems to be a case of Stockholm syndrome to the extreme and things get all topsy turvy as we risk life and limb to escape the threat to our very lives.  So, adventure...CHECK!

Well let's see...kidnapping, treasure quests, deception and lies all around, and a CURSE.  Yep, I'd say there is PLENTY of mystery surrounding this story, but with Kitty Hawk on the case, it stands of chance of actually being solved!

Great leading lady...
One name...Kitty Hawk!  She's got smarts, spunk, witt, talent, curiosity, and a knack for both getting in trouble as well as out of it.  Though worried tremendously for her safety once in the clutches of the kidnappers, I never once doubted she'd figure something out.  Now, I was COMPLETELY surprised when things were turned on their ear, making you rethink the impressions you cemented about certain people, things, and situations.  She's a braver and more forgiving soul than I because frankly, you kidnap're toast.  No second chances for you buddy.  

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In the end, we're treated to a story filled with high flying adventure, a bit of history (loved the gold rush tie-ins as well as the Jack London inclusion!),  a dash of geography (maps and all!), and a whole lotta fun.  Its appeal is wide ranging, both in age and sex, with its multi-layered plot, and the subject matters covered working together to keep it from being pigeon holed in any way.  Recommended for adventure seekers in their teens and beyond.


About author Iain Reading...

Iain Reading

He likes root beer...
...that is my own summary of his fascination with the drink...
...and now, back to the actual biography....

There are a million amazing things to see out there and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her adventures.

Whatever you want to call it, "holidays" or "vacations" (I prefer to call them "adventures" and thus lift them out from the realm of the mundane because I believe that it's always an adventure any time one of us dares to go out and see just a little bit more of this world we inhabit), I always like to try and live life with what I call a "Hemingway Complex". I even once wrote a travel book using this as a title.

And what exactly is a "Hemingway Complex", you ask?

Well, some people might describe Ernest Hemingway as being "larger than life". But to say that is not entirely accurate. He was merely larger than other people's lives. He was certainly larger than my life, for example, but he fit quite comfortably into his own. My life isn't extraordinary like that of the great Ernest Hemingway. I've never run with the bulls or told people that I fought in wars or hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean while drinking cocktails on a yacht. But to me living life with a Hemingway Complex means living in pursuit of the impossible. And it's the only way that I ever seem to do anything interesting.

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Special thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in ebook and tree book, so stop by your favorite retailer to grab your copy today!  If this title sounded like a perfect fit for your fancy, remember...there are FOUR MORE titles to the series!  Always good news for avid readers...

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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