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Flight Risk Paperback – January 26, 2016
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It's not easy to write a review for a book I enjoy. It's difficult to be critical and objective. I have two things to say about Flight Risk, which are intended as constructive criticism for the author as well as information for the potential reader.
If you are looking for a squeaky-clean read, this book has a couple of less than stellar words in it, the first being on the first page. I know the author used this language to portray the characters, however my preference is an allusion to cursing rather than the actual word(s). It's not that they are used for effect. It's the affect it has on me as I read.
I have chosen to only read books which use clean language. That doesn't mean the characters are above reproach. It means that because the reader is not above reproach, a cleanly written book is a more powerful read. Language, the standard of language chosen by the author does not have to stoop to the level of the character's mind in order to get the point across to the reader. In this case I am still recommending the book. It is that good.
The second observation is rather broad, thus it includes my reactions to the book as a whole. I will leave the observation to the end.
Flight Risk embodies a great deal of culture, much of which is historical as the story takes place half a century ago. I am partial to Alaskan culture, having lived there myself. The author has pulled so many aspects of the culture into the story it amazes me.
From the POV character's name, Prudhoe, to flying in an eight-passenger plane, to her nursing career, her native (not Alaskan) heritage, to the fish cannery and the sled dog race in Anchorage. All this and more supports the story, rather than detracts from it.
My observation is this: Flight Risk is only 161 pages. The author packed so much into this brief novella. I would love to see this story expanded into a series, or at least a 400+ page book. So much research and detail packed into a short book seems to be only the seed of a much larger work. Just an observation.
In addition to this great cultural description, there are other levels to this book. One deals with Prudhoe's deep-seated mistrust of men, and the other is the progression of her relationship to God. Of course her relationship with Braedon Clarkson is the thread which ties it all together beautifully. Brandon's character is my favorite.
My rating: 4 stars
I recommend this book to mature readers who are looking for a compelling read into which they can sink their teeth. This story has depth to it beyond the romance, which is not always at the front, and very properly portrayed. It is a love story at its best.
I received my copy of Flight Risk from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I liked parts of this story idea and the setting but found the execution somewhat lacking. There was too much head-hopping, and the writing was often awkward. For example, “said” was always written before the name, as in “said Prudhoe,” said Braedon,” and speculated Prudhoe.” Thoughts and emotions were just told about when they were mentioned at all, and I wasn’t pulled in so I experienced the book with the characters. Therefore, I remained an observer and never really came to care for them. Braedon was too perfect, forgiving Prudhoe easily for past promiscuity and being her support after the rape. Problems were solved too easily and there’s little tension. The ending read like a memoir, where it tells what happens later on and how each die. This is not the way engaging stories end. I didn’t like the three curse words thrown in, but at least the novel didn’t have many. It does do a lot of proselytizing with the basics, however, which will seem like filler to the Christian.
As an anthropologist, I was especially interested in the excellent details the author provides about the native cultures of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It is evident that Rayanne Sinclair did her homework!
The characters are well drawn and the plot moves quickly. The book is full of good news, especially for women who have reason never to trust men. If you know someone like that, give them the book as gift. They will thank you one day. Trust me.