Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

I love reading, but most of the time I read on my Kindle app. It’s nice to once in a while to read a normal soft cover book. I get the feel of a real book and actually get to turn the pages. I was recently asked if I wanted to read the book Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold. It is described as a cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, I said yes as it gave me a good excuse to read a book.

This book Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the first book of a new series by Ian Reading.

“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 climatic 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.”

I have always loved mystery and adventure in books and Kitty Hawk is just that. Even though I would consider myself outside the young adult (idk i’m 30 so maybe not). With some mystery books it takes awhile to set the scene, introduce characters and set the tone. So by the time you’re really into it, it’s almost halfway through the book. This book didn’t seem that way to me at all. I really like how it started and I like the fact that the book held my attention the entire time. I look forward to reading more books in this series and also sharing them with my daughter who is 11 when she is more ready.

Excerpt from the book:
“Okay,” I thought to myself. “Just be cool and take this one step at a time to think the situation through.” I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing, slowing it down and reining in the impulse to panic. Inside my head, I quickly and methodically replayed every flight that I’d ever flown. Every emergency I’d ever faced. Every grain of experience that I had accumulated along the long road that had led me to this very moment. Somewhere in there was a detail that was the solution to my current predicament. I was sure of it. And all I had to do was find it.
Maybe the answer to my current situation lay somewhere among the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia? Or in the steamy jungles of east Africa? Or inside the towering pyramids of Giza? Or among the soaring minarets of Sarajevo? Or on the emerald rolling hills and cliffs of western Ireland? Or on the harsh and rocky lava fields of Iceland?
Wherever the answer was, it was going to have to materialize quickly, or another female pilot (me) would run the risk of being as well-known throughout the world as Amelia Earhart. And for exactly the same reason.
“It’s been a good run at least,” the little voice inside my head observed, turning oddly philosophical as the fuel supplies ran critically low. “You’ve had more experiences on this journey around the world than some people do in their entire lifetime.”
“That’s it!” I thought.
Maybe the answer to all this lies even further back in time? All the way back to the summer that had inspired me to undertake this epic journey in the first place. All the way back to where North America meets the Pacific Ocean—the islands and glaciers and whales of Alaska.
All the way back to where this entire adventure began.

You can buy the book for your kindle or in paperback from Amazon for a very affordable price.

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  1. I'm way past the young adult stage, but still think I'd enjoy this book...

  2. So glad you enjoyed reading Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold! Thanks so much for taking the time to review it :)