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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456490745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456490744
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,624,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I strongly recommend this book if you like high action adventure.
Nancy of Utah
I enjoyed the story and the character development, to me the characters were very believable and like-able.
James P. Morgan
The story line is very exciting and the book is filled with lots of information about flying airplanes.
Shirley M.

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 29, 2011
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Note: This review was originally published on Red Adept Reviews on March 8, 2011.

Overall: 3 stars

Plot/Storyline: 3 stars

Christina was like a junior Wonder Woman - she skydived, scuba dived, and flew airplanes like an experienced pilot after only a few hours of instruction. If the girls were a little younger, and if the more violent scenes were rewritten or deleted, the story would be appropriate - perhaps even inspirational - for younger teenagers, but the story just wasn't believable enough for me.

The first third of the book, which followed the three girls from age eleven through high school, wasn't that interesting and served little purpose. There were dead ends such as the chapter where Jessica's abusive stepfather Roy beat her mom senseless, broke down Jessica's bedroom door, and tried to rape her. Jessica had telephoned Christina to help her, so Christina rushed over and stopped Roy by threatening him with her shotgun. But there was no follow-up, no calling the police, no mention of the stepfather after that. And there was very little mention of any of the girls' parents, it's almost as if they raised themselves.

About halfway through the story, the action picked up and the story got more interesting when the three girls entered college. Christina started flying lessons, Heather became romantically involved with an older man, and Jessica studied old Spanish archives to locate sunken treasure. The three girls were now living their dreams. During a summer break, they embarked on a trip to the Bahamas on a treasure-hunting expedition that ended in tragedy. And this is where it really got too unbelievable for me. Christina showed flying skills that only a veteran pilot would have, even though she had not even earned her pilot's license.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James P. Morgan on March 29, 2010
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I have to admit for $0.99 it sounded like a good book, so I gave it a try. I enjoyed the story and the character development, to me the characters were very believable and like-able. The plot moved quickly and grabbed me and forced me to read into the wee hours. The plot isn't complex, there's no secondary plot to try and confuse you, it's just a good story. This book just keeps you interested, especially if you are a pilot or interested in aviation. This is a good, fun to read novel. I'm looking forward to Steve's follow-up novel to be released soon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Peters on January 25, 2012
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This story had a good plot but for most of the book it was undeveloped. We never find out what happened to Jessica's step father or the female pilot that was in on the plot to kill the girls.

Most of the story was also unbelievable. To think that an overweight plane could gain enough speed on a sandy beach is just too far fetched.

Perhaps the author should go back and rewrite some of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy of Utah on August 7, 2012
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I liked this story a lot! Right from the beginning, the excitement begins with a glimpse of the ending. But it is not a spoiler. Christina is the daughter of Lt Col Patrick Matthews who is a test pilot for Boeing. He had wanted to be an astronaut, but did not qualify. Chris loses her mother at 12 yrs of age, and through her next 10 years or so, struggles with the deep loss. Her father has also become distant to her, thus she became very independent early in life. She was a tomboy: tough, confident, and one who's motto is, "Never give in, never give up." At a young age she had a solitary goal that she has set for her future. Finished with high school, Chris and her two very close girl friends form a close bond through the early college years. Chris decides to take flying lessons and her flight instructor feels she has a natural talent. The three girls face many challenges, and Chris seems to be the most logical and confident of the girls. She confronts every conflict they are faced with and becomes a hero. This story is simply written, easy to read, and may be more suited for older teenagers, but I absolutely loved it. Perhaps because it sparked my memories of flying years ago in a Beechcraft Bonanza where I experienced many adventures. I think this story may encourage many young people to set such high goals. I strongly recommend this book if you like high action adventure. I will be reading the sequel soon!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BK on May 26, 2011
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Steve Ward writes a throughly entertaining novel. It's obvious that his aviation background knowledge is strong, for as a pilot with a lifetime on big jets and small piston aircraft I can attest to that. He captures his reader at the start then cleverly unwinds his plot back to enthrall and hold his reader spellbound. Attention to detail and a sense of humor throughout the plot makes it a worthwhile read. At times, even meals and sleep were put in the holding pattern so I could continue reading. I have already purchased Steve Ward's second novel and look forward to another great read.
David BK
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dragi Raos on February 19, 2010
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I am an aviation nut, and read everything aviation-related I can get my hands on. I also like a good thriller. While this novel has elements of both, the writing is in a style of a high school junior. I've read that the author edits books and teaches creative writing for living - I thought I was reading a book by somebody else; I had to double check.

I won't quote examples from the book - download the sample, read the first five or six paragraphs, and see for yourself. Perhaps I got up on the wrong side of bed this morning, or maybe you don't mind infantile style as much as I do. So, if aviation themed thrillers are you cup of tea, by all means buy this book (after all, it is just $0.99 for American Kindlers), but don't expect polished, fluid prose.
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After a career in laser science and spacecraft research, Steve Ward spent the last decade writing, editing and flying. He teaches Creative Writing at Brenau University and edits novels freelance. With one nonfiction book published, Holy Enigma!, Hamilton Books, University Press of America, Inc., he won writing awards from Writer's Digest and NASA Innovations. Amid many articles published in technical journals, both of his fiction books are adventures in aviation. He lives on Lake Lanier at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

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