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Calico Pennants: A Novel by [Ross, David A.]
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Length: 178 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061572289X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Open Books (May 2, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028AEAC4
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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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Charming tale with no depth or substance. Reminded me of the old Rod Sterling (sic?) TV series The Twilight Zone.
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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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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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