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Length: 210 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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From the Author

Standby, Chicago was born in the sky a full decade ago. At the age of sixteen and at the tail end of a year away from home, I wanted to write a story that shared my love of the air--for all the people I'd met, the endless choice of destinations, and the unpredictability that attaches itself to each trip. Specifically, there was a romanticism with flying I'd once heard about which seemed far too distant. This little book is my attempt to bring that back.
Safe travels,
Rich

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984794603
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cunning Books; Kindle edition (November 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FPREDK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rich Walls graduated from Villanova University in 2006 and published his first novel, Standby, Chicago, in December 2011. He presently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. You can follow his latest project, a collection of very short stories, at www.onepagelovestory.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By UPGirlcd on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed "Standby Chicago" --a great 1st novel by Rich Walls! This novel takes us on a business trip with James, who is really 'green' in the cutthroat business world. He has no idea what he is in for from a not what he expected business meeting to Chicago snowstorm that strands him in the Windy City near Christmastime. New friends, a cute, yet aloof new girl in his life, an in-your-face-lush business partner, and a few classic Chicago establishments, all give the quiet, reflective, all around good guy James a lot to think about. He searches deeper inside himself as he is forced to evaluate all the angles of his life. He has to learn what he wants & how to go about getting it & how to get back to New York to his family for Christmas. How does James fair with all of this thrust upon him? Read Standby, Chicago to find out...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Brover on June 25, 2013
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Disjointed story. There were some deep life lessons, but I didn't enjoy the story line. The characters were all over the place and the story lines barely fit together for me. I did read it until the end and now have more questions than answers. Not my style, but I wish the author well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2012
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I had read previous reviews of this book and was really looking forward to reading this book. It arrived and I started it right away, had a hard time putting it down. Rich Walls keeps your interest and keeps you engaged with the characters. No spoilers here though, grab a copy now. A person can learn and experience so much if they allow themselves to look through someone else's eyes. Basically - take off the blinders and and look around - you've been missing a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeeRay on March 21, 2012
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Rich Walls has created a wonderfully believable main character whose development, triumphs, and disappointments though a tumultuous holiday season create an instant conection with the reader. I couldn't put this book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Athens on February 23, 2012
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I've been an avid reader now for 65 years, but over the past decade I found myself purchasing more books from foreign authors many living in the UK or USA, as their books had more depth. I Saw this book for free and with high ratings (although that doesn't always mean anything) and thought why not. This is a book that has no story line. We could call it a romance, but in fact it only becomes romantic towards the end of the book. This is a writer that likes people, the characters he brings to life, they range from new borns to the elderly, are all cameos. Descriptions are brief but original, so that you find yourself picturing the scene, instead of skipping pages bored. The humour is dry, which will bring a smile to your face. I see from the comments readers said it was easy to read. I agree, but don't skim through it because the writer also has messages there for all of us. I saw other comments relating to how enjoyable it was to read a book about good people. This book is about ordinary people, the ones we meet everyday through our lives, simple folk, and what makes their lives worth living. This story also bridges the age gap from late teens to pensioners. Don't stop writing Mr Walls, you have a gift, so please use it so we that we may all enjoy your next novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AUNTIEB on January 18, 2012
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A most enjoyable read. The author shows great human insight. A worthy first...and I can't wait to read the author's next book !!!
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Format: Paperback
It lacks the over dramatics and grandstanding of many love stories. While one reviewer seems to have found it dull-I find it relatable.

The side characters were more enjoyable than the main ones, but I think that may be their purpose. Much like you would walk away from a restaurant or flight thinking of that character you happened upon, this book leaves you with phrases and a feel for characters you don't really get to know but in their brief encounters, leave a lasting impression later almost melding into an experience you've had before.

The writing was a little verbose in it's descriptions. I enjoyed the specificity in sections where the perception of things was as important as the events themselves (IE: the nervous approach to the presentation meeting, or pastimes while drunk), but in some instances it just felt a bit cumbersome.

All in all I love the way it ended and I found it refreshingly realistic getting there. The pacing and emotional development were spot on and I loved the game played under the covers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EC550 on January 15, 2012
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I really enjoyed the book and found the storyline to be very interesting. Fabulous work and well worth the wait.
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