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Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Iain Reading
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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.


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About the Author

I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

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  • Print Length: 339 pages
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always loved a good mystery. I spent many childhood hours keeping company with Nancy Drew, Cam Jansen, and Encyclopedia Brown. If I were a preteen today, I would no doubt be devouring the Kitty Hawk series at an alarming rate. These books are engaging and fast paced, with a spunky, likable heroine. That the stories are based on real historical mysteries is just icing on the cake.

This second installment in the series finds our heroine on vacation in the Florida Keys, the first stop in her round-the-world adventure. There, she encounters what might be the ghost of Ernest Hemingway, and a ship that strongly resembles his but seems to be up to no good. She follows the clues, and, with her trusty airplane sidekick, tries to crack the case.

As with the first book, I found Kitty to be super likeable. She's self-sufficient and no-nonsense, but still knows how to have fun. Basically, everything you'd look for in a best friend. Her love of adventure had even this not-so-old lady feeling nostalgic for the freedom of youth. I also enjoyed all of the historical details about shipwrecks and Spanish treasure.

My only complaint is that next to the intrepid Kitty, many of the other characters in the story felt a little flat. This will be a challenge for this series, I think, because Kitty never really stays in one place long enough to form meaningful relationships. Still, a little more development of the minor characters would have been appreciated..

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am sure that it will be enjoyed even more by the preteen female set. I am definitely looking forward to reading an reviewing the other two books in the series.

Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)
The reviewer received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, independent review. She is not associated with the author or Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mystery and Adventure January 19, 2014
By Justine
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure for all ages July 12, 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh, how I want to take a vacation in the sunny Florida Keys. Nevermind that my local weather is nice, this story conveys the beauty of the Keys so well that I want to experience it myself.

This book is a lot more laidback and not as dangerous feeling as the first, but the storytelling was just as amazing. Like the first book, I learned a lot about the history of the setting, without realizing it. I’m left with a sense of wonder about it, and the urge to know more. Luckily, the author was prepared for this, and there are a ton of suggested resources (mostly digital) at the end of the book.

Kitty is turning into one of my favourite characters. She’s strong and independent, and knows what she wants to do. She also has some realistic worries and self doubts, and knows when to ask for help. She’s amusing and smart, and a great companion for an adventure. She’s a very positive character and role model for YA readers looking for contemporary stories that don’t revolve around romance.

Overall, I loved this book as much as the first one, and can’t wait to see what Kitty gets up to next, now that her trip around the world is really getting started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sequel! May 4, 2014
By PaigeM.
Format:Paperback
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost was even better than the first book! Again, Kitty Hawk has pulled me in with her wonderful story and amazing adventures; this time while she's down in Florida! I think why I liked this even more than the first book was partly due to the setting and the adventure itself was so intriguing. With summer just around the corner this is the perfect novel for getting into that summer mood. The descriptions were all so beautiful and realistic that I actually felt I was riding right along with Kitty Hawk throughout the novel.

Kitty Hawk's inner monologues are always adorable and really get you into the characters head which I love. She is such a realistic little lady that I always feel like I could just bump into her one day while she's off flying around the globe. This novel was just as face-paced as the first, and kept me coming back to it again and again even though I had homework and other obligations. I can't wait to see what the next novel will be like since they seem to be getting better and better!
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More About the Author

I like Root Beer.

For me there is no other beverage that is quite as magical and mysterious and inexplicably smooth as a cold mug of Root Beer. From the very first sip this enchanting brew tingles your palette with a plethora of blissful sensations and slides slippery cool down into your stomach as it warms your heart. And don't even get me started talking about that sublime frothy icy mess that we call a Root Beer Float.

When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand A&W from tall, narrow champagne flûtes where the ice clinking against the side of the thin glass created a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel across the globe I naturally was inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Surely somewhere deep in some ancient temple in the heart of the Mongolian desert there was a hitherto unknown type of Root Beer brewed by a secretive order of monks using ancient methods passed down through generations.

Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. The closest I ever got was in the jungles of Sierra Leone which smell a bit like Root Beer and diesel oil. (In fact, most non-North-American people to whom I have introduced this magical elixir have first cautiously taken a small sip then made a sour face, stating that "it tastes like medicine". Perhaps this is because the sarsaparilla root that gives Root Beer its name was originally used for medicinal purposes - typical for North-Americans to turn medicine into soft drinks, right?)

I was crushed. If there was no Root Beer out there in the whole wide world, then what was the point of leaving my house in the first place? No one really needs to leave the house, after all. Everything you could ever need can be delivered right to your front door, including pizza and Root Beer and books and everything else you can find on amazon.com. But as it turns out the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see out there and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her adventures.

Whatever you want to call it, "holidays" or "vacations" (I prefer to call them "adventures" and thus lift them out from the realm of the mundane because I believe that it's always an adventure any time one of us dares to go out and see just a little bit more of this world we inhabit), I always like to try and live life with what I call a "Hemingway Complex". I even once wrote a travel book using this as a title.

And what exactly is a "Hemingway Complex", you ask?

Well, some people might describe Ernest Hemingway as being "larger than life". But to say that is not entirely accurate. He was merely larger than other people's lives. He was certainly larger than my life, for example, but he fit quite comfortably into his own. My life isn't extraordinary like that of the great Ernest Hemingway. I've never run with the bulls or told people that I fought in wars or hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean while drinking cocktails on a yacht. But to me living life with a Hemingway Complex means living in pursuit of the impossible. And it's the only way that I ever seem to do anything interesting.

Don't forget to check out the latest happenings in the world of Kitty Hawk at www.kittyhawkworld.com and it you're interested also head over to www.secretworldonline.com and check out some of the songs that I write and record in my spare time in an effort to try and convince people that I am much busier than I actually am.



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