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Air Ferrets Aloft (Ferret Chronicles) Hardcover – June 18, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Ferret Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743227530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743227537
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bach returns to critter fables with the first two installments (three more are due over the course of the next year) of The Ferret Chronicles, creating an imaginary world based on the exploits of ferrets who have abandoned their utopian world to aid the human race. Rescue Ferrets at Sea is by far the better book, mostly because Bach sticks to a coherent, straightforward plot with a story that is touching and satisfying (despite the high treacle level). Bethany Ferret is the seagoing heroine who dreams of being part of the fleet that rescues animals lost at sea, and she fulfills her dream when she makes it through officer training. The icing on the cake is a project in which she restores her battered rescue vessel, but her superiors throw her a curve when they place rock star cum journalist Chloe Ferret on board to chronicle the adventures of the crew. But Chloe proves to be up to the difficult job; after winning the crew over, she even provides a dramatic assist when she helps recover some data from an explorer ship. Air Ferrets Aloft, concerning a cargo airline that shuttles food and toys around the country, is clumsy and muddled by comparison. The protagonists are two heroic pilots, Stormy and Strobe, who are destined to meet during a series of flights between California and Seattle. But the headstrong would-be lovers keep screwing up the meeting, forcing a pack of ferret angels to lend an assist by messing up the weather in a series of jumbled scenes that take the luster off the inevitable happy ending. Bach's fondness for flying shines through in the airborne book, and he wears his love of animals and his fondness for sappy endings on his sleeve in both novels. But he never manages to bring his animal conceit to life, failing to project the unique, simple innocence that made Jonathan Livingston Seagull such a huge commercial success 30 years ago. (June 25) Forecast: Even with the repromotion of Jonathan Livingston Seagull in April, the trick will be getting adults to read what is essentially children's literaturemarketing plans include support from the S&S children's divisionbut these ferrets are no Harry Potter, so expect sales to be... ferrety. Major ad/promo; author appearances; foreign rights sold in Australia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Russia.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Bach has graduated from seagulls to ferrets (he has nine), which in these two books perform selfless acts of heroism. The start of a new series.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Good enough to be read even by non-pilots!
Joergen Guenther
I'd read it twice and liked it both times, but the audio version is even more amazing.
Lincoln Buff 2
It is a gentle, beautiful story of destiny and true nature told in a wonderful way.
Paul Landen

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A friend left this book in my hangar this afternoon and I read it cover to cover at home tonight on my deck, rocking in a big rope hammock before the sun could set. Listen to the words here, dear reader and discover all over again the joy of flight and love, wrapped in humor and caring. For the pilots among us, at last a flying parable with integrity we can read to our children and revel in ourselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Landen on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Air Ferrets Aloft is right up there with my other Bach favorites Illusions and Running from Safety. It is a gentle, beautiful story of destiny and true nature told in a wonderful way. I particularly like the audio version where Richard reads the story himself. I bought the book when it first came out and didn't read it until this week because, frankly, I'm not a fan of ferrets (sorry Richard!). Waiting was a mistake. Don't let the fact that this is a children's book or that you don't like ferrets, deter you. It is CLASSIC BACH.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I expect excellence from the author of Johnathan Livingston Seagull and this pleasantly read book is no exception. Like Johnathan, it has a child-like quality of storytelling that is amenable to the adult heart and ear as well. It is the first of the ferret series I've come across and I listen to it on my daily journey to and from home and work or school. The underlying themes of spiritual awareness and analogizing flight to an expression of spirituality is akin to JLS and a comfort to a reader who has read JLS to her children, husband, and grandchildren. I look forward to finding more unabridged tapes such as this as it is the only way this late-in-life law student has the time to listen to a good book anymore! My husband gets this tape next, then my eldest granddaughter. Or maybe I'll buy the CD for her...Who knows, with the fabulous descriptions of what goes on during flight she might opt to become a pilot some day. Great fun! Richard Bach has an excellent voice for this, as well. I'm hearing impaired and can understand him with the greatest of ease!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2002
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Richard Bach has created a work that changes potentially dry flight discipline into a thrilling, spiritual journey that will enchant young readers. My 11 year old daughter loves flying, so she was amazed by its technical accuracy and captivated by the plot. As many adults have done with Richard Bach's other works, she consumed it in one marathon sitting.
And she's a reluctant reader!
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Format: Hardcover
In a sequel to his Rescue Ferrets at Sea, Bach introduces a new cast of mustelid characters, including some who aren't quite alive anymore, the corps of "angel ferret fairies," former mortals who, piloting miniature helicopters, invisibly watch over the aviators of the ferret culture. Stormy Ferret is a female "freight dog," a pilot specializing in heavy freight such as ferret food, toys, blankets and hammocks, and since most ferret fliers fly at night, it can be a nerve-wracking job if a storm comes up. She loves her work, but it doesn't leave much time for a social life, and she's still unmated. But her guardian angel knows that she should be, and who to: Strobe Ferret, the friend and private pilot of a mustelid media mogul. "If they meet...[they will] change the world for a lot of animals. But this is the last chance, on our timeline, to make it happen," says Taminder, the chief of the angel ferret fairies, and he assigns a crew led by the recent addition Baxter to carry out the mission. Baxter, as it turns out, has a connection to Stormy: his grieving grandkit Willow, whom he's been unable to reach mentally to assure her he still exists, is from the same family as she is.

Bach is a devoted amateur flier himself, and there's a fair amount of aviation technicalese in this volume, but the fairies and the developing relationship between Stormy and Strobe (yes, they do meet!) balances it out. The storm in which the two pilots are struggling to reach their destinations is vividly described, and there's a good leaven of suspense in the first 70-odd pages as they battle with the forces of nature. The author also begins to inject some more background about his Universe into the story (did you know that 80% of the music recorded by humans features ferret studio musicians?).
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Format: Audio Cassette
I have been a keen ferret lover and my father is a pilot, so this book gives something for both. While the pilot vocabulary can be difficult for those with little experience in flying, the story is simple and enjoyable. I like to think of Baxter as the true hero, I named my own ferret after him. And the spritual transcendence of Bach's books like Jonathan Livingston Seagull are again reflected, which seem to parallel with concepts of the afterlife and how our departed loved ones are much closer to us than we think. A wonderful read with a very heartwarming narrative for both children and adults, and for those who simply love ferrets and flying. Thank you, Richard Bach.
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I bought the series for my 7 year old granddaughter after she visited and enjoyed playing with our pet ferrets. She sat down and read them and couldn't wait to finish each to start the next.
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I have one bit of advice - listen to the audio version of this book! It is incredible!! Bach can tell a story like few others. This one is a fantastic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventure, with a love story woven throughout. I'd read it twice and liked it both times, but the audio version is even more amazing. I could SEE Bach's word pictures, feel what his characters felt. That's darned good storytelling!
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More About the Author

Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull - which dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years - Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight.

With over 60 million copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorming pilot, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring and chronicling the joys and freedom of flying, reporting his findings to his devoted fans.

His most recent works include Travels with Puff, which recounts Bach's journey from Florida to Washington state in his small seaplane, Puff, and Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student, which incorporates Bach's real-life plane crash.

In October 2014, the never-before-published Part Four to Jonathan Livingston Seagull was published.

Fans and readers can find more about Richard and his work at www.richardbach.com


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