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Calico Pennants: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

David A. Ross
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Book Description

Recently divorced and made redundant from his job, Julian Crosby needs a break from reality. That’s why he’s gone to Hawaii…

If his personal circumstances had been different—if he were simply on a two-week vacation in Maui with his now former wife—then he surely would have laughed and said “no” to the outrageous offer from the funny-looking Hawaiian wearing a loud tropical shirt with an equally loud, not to mention obnoxious, blue and yellow parrot named Buenaventura perched upon his shoulder to buy a rundown boat called Scoundrel.

But that was then and this is now… Or is it?

Meanwhile, sixty years ago, Amelia Earhart is getting ready for her much publicized flight around the world. Is this daring adventure to be her final flight, her swan song? Or is she actually on a reconnaissance mission for President Roosevelt? And what does her ill-fated flight have to do with Julian, his innocent Hawaiian holiday and his newly-acquired boat? As Buenaventura reveals, “Only time will tell” as their two worlds unexpectedly and impossibly collide.

In this award-winning novel a weekend sailor shipwrecked on an uncharted atoll in the South Seas eventually discovers the island's only other human inhabitant—a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to 1930s lost flying ace Amelia Earhart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Open Books (May 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028AEAC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen Any Dragonflies Lately? October 30, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
If you happen to read while standing up, sit down. If you read while sitting down, find something and hang on! David A. Ross's novel, "Calico Pennants" starts out setting you up for a nice, relaxing read about a man named Julian who takes a vacation to Hawaii. Next, he buys a big boat and next...well, if you think this reviewer is going to tell you anymore about the plot, click the Delete button.

David A. Ross is definitely not new to writing. This author has been around the literary block a time or two and knows how to write a
page-turner. When I began the read, I thought I would make it to the end of Part I and come back to it later. Well, it's much, much later and I couldn't stop until the last period appeared at the end of the last sentence! Several times I thought I had things figured out. More than several times I realized I did not. Books that pick you up and have the power to carry you on adventures is my kind of book. "Calico Pennants" is my kind of book.

A novice sailor with a new boat on his hands takes a weekend trip to get the hang of being a ship's captain. He loses his anchor (well, the boat does), the engine won't start and he drifts from Hawaii far out into the South Pacific Ocean. He loses track of time, loses consciousness and winds up with the boat's hull jammed deeply in the sandy beach of a small island very far from Hawaii.

Meanwhile, years and years before in a flashback, Amelia Earhart is making her attempt at circling the globe and her plane goes down in...yes, somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean...yet, when Julian finally awakes and realizes he is shipwrecked, he is aware of a plane's sputtering, gasping-for-gas sound above him. He follows the sound to where he assumes the crash to be and finds... nothing!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try June 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Charming tale with no depth or substance. Reminded me of the old Rod Sterling (sic?) TV series The Twilight Zone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Calico Pennants February 9, 2012
By asigg44
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.

This book was very interesting and original. It is a cross between historical fiction and the paranormal.

At first, I didn't know how the two separate stories at the beginning of the book were tied together; Amelia Earhart and Julian Crosby were two characters from two different eras. Obviously, Amelia Earhart's story is set in the past, and Julian Crosby's story is set in present day. Their worlds collide in this book.

Julian Crosby is a 50 year old man, divorced with an almost-adult daughter, who had been forced to retire, and decides to go to Hawaii to relax and contemplate what to do with the rest of his life. He buys a boat from a Hawaiian man and coming back from a side trip, the boat breaks down in the middle of the ocean. After drifting for a few days, he washes up on the shores of an island during a storm.

Meanwhile, the story of Amelia Earhart was being told. Her plane went down on this same island. A search was done, but nobody was able to find this island.

Julian and Amelia somehow meet on this island, where Amelia had found a so-called "fountain of youth", making her the same age as when she crashed the plane so long ago.

This was a very good book; I enjoyed reading it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone and I will be looking for more books from this author!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between paradise and a place called home September 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My title is a line from this book by David A Ross, a name I will remember.

I received this book free of charge in return for a review on Amazon. To be honest, while the story line piqued my interest I had doubts as to my liking it - for 2 reasons. #1 I believe whether we realize it or not we do devalue items that are free. #2 I had just begun reading the 11th book in a series I thoroughly enjoy and I rarely find the next book I pick up to measure up.

Boy was I surprised! The book is indeed a page-turner, though not your typical kind. It isn't filled with what I call turmoil that keeps you on the edge of your seat, making you nervous with sweaty palms - like the movie Speed did to me. Trying to describe Calico Pennants presents a conundrum. It is an enigma. It is a gentle adventure, it is quietly exciting, it is a relaxing roller coaster ride. Calico Pennants grasped my imagination in a way no book has in a very very long time. It made me think, took me on a flight of fancy, made me laugh, cry and made me wish.

This man, the author, David A Ross, has a way with words that is masterful. I went from being sorry I had taken this book because now I had a duty to read and review it to being angry at having to go out with friends because I wanted to know where this story would lead. I didn't want to put it down.

The book is obviously fiction, time travel, yet Mr. Ross made is so believable I had to check myself a time or two when I began to cheer for a certain outcome as if his characters were my friends and what I was hoping for was even a possibility.

I finished the book yesterday (9/21/10) shortly before I went with friends on a 3 hour motorcycle ride.
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More About the Author

David A. Ross is a writer, editor and publisher. From 1984-1985 he was a columnist and contributing editor for Southwest Art Magazine. His novels include Sacrifice and the Sweet Life, A Winter Garden, Stones, Xenos, How High The Wall, Good Morning Corfu, and his award-winning first novel The Trouble with Paradise, republished by Open Books under the title Calico Pennants.

In addition to his career as a novelist, he was the publisher of the small tree publisher press Escape Media from 1992-2004. Currently he is the publisher of online literary and features journals including Moronic Ox Literary & Cultural Journal.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he presently lives on the Island of Corfu, Greece.


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