Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold: Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading is the breathtaking opening episode in a fresh series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure.


This book introduces Kitty Hawk, an idiosyncratic youthful courageous teenaged pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane having a muzzle for the unknown and manoeuvre with never-ending inquisitiveness with a knack for getting herself into all kinds of wobbly situations.

After leaving her abode in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to fritter the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself wedged up in an extraordinary escapade involving stolen gold, scheming criminals, wraithlike shipwrecks, along with bone-chilling curses.

Kitty's exploration begins with the drawn-out inscrutability of a cadaverous vessel called the Clara Nevada and as the stratagem continues to open out this determined narrative will have lounger explorers and part-time detectives alike restlessly following each twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a gripping concluding climactic pursue across the jagged topography of Canada's Yukon.

In fact, the story is a crescendo of flavours, smells and adventures that will change the way people think and act which is addictive, interwoven with folklore characters and endearing itself to be read all in one breath. The dry style of the chapters is inviting where the genius and the author's imagination with great fluidity outline the characters and their actions.

It is undeniable that the descriptive brevity will glue your eyes to the page creating a canvas very artfully that pours into prose which stratagem makes the simultaneity of events, the similarity of the situations in a highly enjoyable central area of the narrative that is simple, banal but at the same time engaging.

Reading this novel you dive literally in the environment of the places narrated with compelling characters, determined and elaborate plots that leaves a sweet aftertaste of happiness in the reader. Come on, what more could you want from a book than to wanting to read and leave hanging the way it ends?

The book will make you reflect, inform, teach and sometimes entertain that will help you spend carefree hours and even snatch a few smiles, even if they are not masterpieces.  Despite the banality of the story, with a logical result, the author was fantastic in describing the characters and setting the places.

It is a book that is recommended to those who really want to read a good mystery, because reading it will leave you craving for more!


Publisher: CreateSpace  ○ Published: September 2015 ○ ISBN - 13:  978-1517044213  ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 360
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