Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost by Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can - just like Kitty Hawk herself.

My Rating
My Review

Some books were just not meant to be made into a series. Kitty Hawk is not one of those books. I can't get enough of these fun adventures, and Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost was just as enjoyable as the first.
Kitty has to be one of my favorite characters in fiction. There's definitely something real about her, as she seems more like a friend rather than someone I just happen to read about. She's clever, funny, and adventurous. Not to mention, she's an excellent pilot of a red and white seaplane.

Although she does seem to get involved with a lot of trouble. It's okay, Kitty, it just makes your story more interesting.

I adored the mystery and history in Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost, as Reading does an excellent job of blending the two. Although quite different from the gold on the Alaskan Frontier, this story had me giving up what little social life I have to completely devour the pages. Set in the Florida Keys, there's everything from a ghost of a brilliant and extremely quote-able writer to mysteries behind ships sunk decades ago.

Of course, I'm not going to ruin anything.

You should really check it out for yourself.

All in all, Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is an excellent, lighthearted read with adventure at every turn. If I have any complaints, it's that I'd like to see more of Charlie (but that's personal preference). Upon starting this novel, you're in for a ride, but it's definitely a great one.

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