Tag: #adventure

Book Review: “Sky Rivals” by Adam L. Penenberg

Book Review: “Sky Rivals” by Adam L. Penenberg

This book will take your breath away! There are so many thrills that reading this story is like riding a roller-coaster. Having been born into a flying family, I have always admired the pioneers of aviation and the risks they would take just to see if it could be done. The two rival pilots in this story, Wiley Post and Jimmie Mattern, were the best of their day. During this Golden Age of Aviation, pilots were competitive but also willing to help each other out. Jimmie and Wiley were determined to beat each other at circumnavigating the world, but only one can be the winner. This is their story.

Adam Penenberg has done a fabulous job of telling this story. You will be right there in the cockpit with these guys, and it’s a thrill. These two were flying around the world before there were instruments to tell you where you were. They get lost and found and lost again, and they have the whole world waiting to see if they will be heard from again. Sometimes they go days without contact, living on chewing gum and tomato juice. And Wiley is doing it with just one eye. I think everybody should read this book but it will be especially appealing to aviation history buffs or lovers of thrilling stories.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Book Review: “Good Morning Diego Garcia” by Susan Joyce

Book Review: “Good Morning Diego Garcia” by Susan Joyce

Batten down the hatches! This memoir will take you on a wild ride across the Indian Ocean on a 54’ yacht. This is the second book in a series of Susan Joyce’s memoirs. In this book she and her husband Charles agree to join their friends Dylan and Mia as they sail a yacht from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. The author’s vivid descriptions have you feeling like you are right there with her. When she described the storms on the ocean I actually started to feel queasy. This story takes place in 1975 and the author incorporates well the political upheaval taking place in India and Sri Lanka at the time. The trip also turns out to be a significant personal journey for the author and she includes her many reflections throughout the story.

I really enjoyed the story and the author’s descriptions of all the places they visited. If I were planning a trip to India, this book would certainly give me lots of ideas for things to do and see.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! To a great travel story/memoir.

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Book Review: “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” by Isabella Bird

Book Review: “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” by Isabella Bird

I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to! This is the collection of letters which Isabella wrote to her sister about her travels through the Rocky Mountains in the 1870’s. Isabella is travelling on her own; sometimes with companions she picks up along the way. She has a beautiful gift for describing what she sees and experiences along the way. Her reason for the journey is to see Estes Park. She travels from San Francisco to Colorado and then into the mountains. She tells her sister about all the people she encounters, a very motley collection of humanity. People that have been sent to the mountains by their doctors back East in an attempt to improve their health. People who are building ranches and farms and communities out of nothing. She meets desperadoes and dandies, devoted wives and their hardworking husbands, law-breakers and those trying to create law and order where none exists. Isabella gets to try her hand at herding cattle, climbing mountain peaks, slogging through blizzards, fording streams and rivers. It seems like she has the opportunity to experience every hardship the west has to offer but also all the beauty and glory that await in the Rocky Mountains.

This book was first published in the 1870’s but don’t let that put you off. If you enjoy stories of the Old West or travel books I think you will find this book worth reading. Isabella’s writing style is very approachable and not stuffy, as some books from the 19th century feel to today’s reader. Try something different today and pick up “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains”.

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Book Review: “Drachen” by Brendan le Grange

Book Review: “Drachen” by Brendan le Grange

A treasure hunt filled with danger, adventure, and mysterious places!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is just non-stop action and adventure. Brett is searching for a lost treasure somewhere on the European coast. But she not the only one following the clues. Chapter 1 drops you into the middle of a foot chase with Brett as the one being chased. After she escapes she teams up with her friend Patrick, who helps her to locate the clues and provides protection. Then she encounters Sam, who steals the keys and the book that contains the clues. Sam is working with Roman and before you know it all 4 of them are being hunted by a Finnish mercenary and his team.

The action literally never stops in this story and if you like books that keep you on the edge of your seat, you will definitely love this one. I really enjoyed the main characters and the way they worked together. The locations are fabulous and the clues are particularly inventive. This is way more complex than just find the location of the red “X”. Make sure you buckle your seatbelt before diving in to this one, but definitely dive in!!

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“Dead Man Falling” by Desmond Cory

“Dead Man Falling” by Desmond Cory

A brilliant spy story! Desmond Cory set the standard for spy novels. Johnny Fedora is a spy of the highest caliber with wit, intelligence, and charm. In “Dead Man Falling”, the 3rd in the Johnny Fedora series, Johnny is traveling to Austria with Marie-Andree. Posing as newlyweds they check into an inn in a very small village known primarily for the mountain climbing opportunities in the area. Fedora is not a mountain climber. He’s on the trail of a cache of diamonds hidden by the Nazis somewhere in the vicinity of the village. But Johnny’s not the only one looking for the diamonds; the question is who will get to them first, and who will die trying.

Keep your wits about you because this is a twisty story where nobody is who they claim to be. I was on the edge of my seat (literally) throughout this book. If you enjoy spy stories along the lines of James Bond, then you will love this one. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

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“The Traveler” by Fredric Shernoff

“The Traveler” by Fredric Shernoff

A brilliant twist on the time travel theme! “The Traveler” had me fully engaged from the very start. Fredric Shernoff has created a fascinating time travel story. Daniel Wells is your average, everyday guy. He’s married, somewhat unhappily, lives in a nice house, and drives a nice car. Then one day he discovers that he can travel in time. After a few tries he gains some control over the process and travels back in time 20 years to when he was a middle-schooler. His intention is just to observe and revisit his childhood, but something goes terribly wrong. Now he has created a major disturbance in time and in his efforts to correct his mistakes verges on disrupting the whole universe. There is adventure, romance, and even murder in this story. I would highly recommend “The Traveler” to readers of sci-fi or fantasy. There is also a theme of coming to terms with who you are and Daniel revisits his past. You should definitely give this one a try.

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“Nica of Los Angeles” by Sue Perry

“Nica of Los Angeles” by Sue Perry

A unique and engaging story! In “Nica of Los Angeles”, Sue Perry has created a reality filled with Frames. The Frames are linked together by Connectors and there are Travelers who move between the Frames. Some Frames are free and some are neutral, and the whole thing is overseen by the Framekeeps.

Nica has spent her life drifting from one husband to another and from job to job. She finds herself having inherited the lease on an office and decides to be a private detective. Her first day she gets 3 clients, 1 of them will change her life. Anya and Anwyl travel through the Frames and find themselves in need of help from a Neutral in order to defeat the Warty Sebaceous Cysts who have plotted genocide against the people of the Halcyon Frame. They recruit Nica and the whirlwind adventure begins.

I enjoyed the concept of the Frames which is new to me. The author’s imagination with this concept seem to have no limits. There are buildings that are sentient and can talk and move around in some Frames. There are Gumby like humanoids and earthworms that are Healers. Ms. Perry gets kudos for creativity here. Her main characters are well developed. The story did seem to get bogged down with descriptions at times and this was a little frustrating. Overall, I enjoyed the story because the plot line was complex and interesting. I’m giving this book 3 out of 4 stars.

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“Missing Era: The Emergence” by A. O. Khalil

“Missing Era: The Emergence” by A. O. Khalil

Horror, action, thrills, and mystery, all rolled into one book! This story never stopped throwing curveballs.

Jayson narrates the story. He’s an ordinary guy, happily married to Jule. But then sinkholes start appearing all over the country, and people start disappearing. Many people are escaping the cities as news comes that strange creatures have been coming out of the holes. Jayson and Jule don’t leave right away, but then comes the morning that a sinkhole opens up in the park across the street. Jayson makes plans to meet up with his family at his parent’s cabin. But this will be no simple road trip. The creatures are killing everybody in sight and one of them comes after Jule.

As the story unfolds Jayson and Jule, and a growing number of others, have numerous encounters with these creatures. Jayson finds himself as the leader of this motley group, which includes his sister, a couple of neighbors and strangers they come across at a gas station. They make it to the home of Jule’s parents where they are able to hide out temporarily in the basement and regroup. Jayson is able to rescue his brother, his girlfriend, and another sister. Throughout their struggles, with these creatures they now call the Uglies, they are picking up clues about them. But each clue brings more questions. After stocking up on supplies, they make it to the cabin only to find more strange occurrences.

The story ends with many unanswered questions, but the author has planned for a series and I find myself curious to know how this is all going to turn out. I found the book to be very readable, though just a little bit too gory for my taste in a couple of places. The author did an excellent job of developing his main characters, it’s obvious a great deal of thought when into the story. The narrative felt a bit jerky in some places but did not detract from the overall story being told. Even though this genre is not one that I’m the most comfortable with, I found that I just couldn’t stop reading it. This book is scheduled for release on Kindle on May 19, 2015 and is definitely worthy of consideration. Teens and younger adults are probably the best audience for this book.

Missing Era: The Emergence (Series 1)

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“Donners of the Dead” by Karina Halle

“Donners of the Dead” by Karina Halle

There is an author’s note at the beginning of this book which explains what the book is about, but even though I read it I apparently didn’t really pay attention to what it said. Then I get a few chapters in and realized there are zombies in the story. Now I don’t usually go for zombie type stories and I almost decided to stop reading it. Then I thought, “Well, I’m really enjoying the story and there’s a lot of elements that don’t involve the zombies.” So I decided to keep reading and I’m so glad I did. Karina Halle tells a wonderful story.

The backdrop of this story is the ill-fated Donner party that was trapped over the winter in the Sierra Nevadas. The narrative centers on a teenage Eve, who is living with her aunt, uncle, mother and cousin, after the death of her father. Her mother has not spoken since her husband’s death. Eve is the daughter of a white mother and an Indian father, and her uncle hates her for it. He relegates her to the barn and treats her not as a niece but, at best as a ranch worker, and at worst as a burden on his life. Eve’s father was a well-known tracker and guide, and Eve learned many of his skills before he died. When a group of men ride into the town needing a guide they are told that Eve is the best person in the area. Their story is that the uncle of one of the men went into the Sierra Nevadas as part of a group searching for what happened to the Donner party, but he never returned, and now they want to find him. But is there another motive?

Eve’s uncle agrees to let her go, he sees nothing but dollar signs, but her aunt insists that she be accompanied by a fellow ranch-hand, Avery, and another local girl, Donna, to function as chaperone. The group sets off into the mountains. On the first day they encounter a couple of Indians who try to warn them of danger in the mountains, but since they don’t speak English the men disregard the warning. Not too long after that they have their first encounter with the strange creatures that live there. One of the men in the group, Jake, seems to take an instant dislike to Eve, and she to him. But will their opinions of each other change as they continue to encounter the dangerous creatures?

As I said earlier, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story line was clever and original, and the author’s style made for an easy but exciting read. The characters, especially Eve, Jake, Avery, and Donna, were well thought out and well written. The author pulled me into the drama right away and kept me there until the last page. Some of the zombie scenes were graphic in nature, but there was so much more to the story than just blood and gore that it didn’t feel overwhelming. I would love to see more stories with these characters. I would highly recommend this book. It’s got adventure, twists and turns, and a bit of romance too. I think just about anybody could find something to like here.

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