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Flight of the Southern Cross Paperback – May 28, 2010
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Tennessee sour mash whiskey is not Bourbon. Bourbon is made in Kentucky. That's only one of the details the author got wrong. Small, but glaring.
I enjoyed the subplots in the book, but was disappointed that all of the relationships built in the story don't really have an ending. Even if I didn't care about the revisionist ending, I would still be disappointed by the way things just cutoff with no real ending.
The author is obviously an expert on the Civil War. There are obscure facts and events that would be known only by someone who had moved beyond history textbook research and had actually studied the subject in depth.
The idea of building an airship was feasible and could have been accomplished. While reading the story it is easy to accept that the ship is being built and will be used. The question is: How will they use it?
There is an interesting subplot that will captivate most people; I just found myself wanting the story to move forward faster.
There are some formatting problems that detract from the story, but not enough to keep me from reading an historical mystery adventure that should have a sequel in the works.
The Mississippi River scenes are realistic and some of them are even funny. The book is a serious look at a serious conflict but manages to weave in the humorous events that are inevitable when groups of people are thrown together. The author manages to capture the highly emotional feelings of both sides and does a superb job of depicting the attitudes and thinking of the times.
I thought the book was fast-paced and fun until the good guys got to the island. After that it really took off. I've never read a better book after the characters get to the island. I can't say more but the sub-plots are great and the end is both satisfying and leaves the reader curious about what happens next.
Flight of the Southern Cross is my kind of book. Just because it's an action novel, don't think it is just for guys. It has something for everyone. I've recommended it to every reader I know.
Capitalization is another issue. When you aim a Colt at someone, it should be capitalized, as you are pointing a firearm produced by Colt Arms. When you aim a colt at someone, you might possibly be sending a young horse in their direction.
The general's aide is quite probably a mother hen, though in that scene, yes, he is indeed a wet hen. In most usage, a wet hen is upset, while this aide is merely drenched.
I gave up before completing the entire sample. I wanted to like the story very much, as I enjoy this type of fiction, but I just can't take the overall sloppiness.