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Standby, Chicago [Kindle Edition]

Rich Walls
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Take a trip with Standby, Chicago!

The uplifting story of a young man on his first business trip, the blizzard that could strand him through Christmas, and the beautiful girl he falls for on the flight over. Standby, Chicago is the novel which reminds us that new adventures in life and love are often only a gate away.

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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,

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed it! January 24, 2012
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A real good read February 4, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to additional works from the author March 21, 2012
By DeeRay
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS LITERATURE 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
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HUMAN INSIGHT 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Vacation Read August 20, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 15, 2012
By EC550
I really enjoyed the book and found the storyline to be very interesting. Fabulous work and well worth the wait.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Funny, Touching, Uplifting, All Out Great Read!
First off, before I get into my review, I have a confession to make. I have been to Chicago, however, I never set foot out of the airport. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dustin Fontenot
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story from a male POV
I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was pleasantly surprised by the endearing lead character. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight
Rich Walls has great insights on life and relationships for someone in his twenties. An entertaining, quick and fulfilling read.
Published on May 21, 2013 by Donna W
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging writing
This is a book about taking chances. You just never know what is going to happen if you take a risk. Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by muddyboy1
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Standby Chicago was the first book I've read that I think honestly captures the in-between-ness of being a 25-year-old college graduate in today's environment. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by McQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, GREAT read !!
Great read ! Loved it. I brought this book on vacation and couldn't put it down; stayed awake until 3 am the last night to finally learn the ending. Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Matt from Cranston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
A well-written, character driven story about a young man's journey and the lessons he learns on life during his travel. Was a quick read for a long weekend and very entertaining.
Published on April 9, 2012 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars would read more from this author
fairly good first novel ... just needs to learn the difference between "breaks" and "brakes" and which ones stop a car ... a Villanova graduate should know this
Published on March 29, 2012 by lblackert
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
This book is not a page-turner, and throughout most of the book it was hard to care what happened next. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by kayaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
What started out as a regular business trip turned into an experience to never forget. Standby, Chicago follows James Haskins a twenty-two year old on his first business trip to... Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by dpappas
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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

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