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Standby, Chicago by [Walls, Rich]
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Length: 210 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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,
Rich

Product Details

  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cunning Books; Kindle edition (November 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FPREDK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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. I was on my way back from a trip to Europe and it was a round trip so their were multiple stop-offs before I finally got home. But even though I only got to see Chicago from a distance through the windows of O'Hare International Airport, after reading this book I found myself wanting to see Chicago close-up, walk the streets, see the sites, hear the sounds and even meet the people. In truth actually this book made me want to live their one day...seriously. Anyway, on with my review.

I'll start out by saying that I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The characters are wonderful, funny and even relatable--especially the main character, James. As I read the book, I could easily see myself in his shoes. I'm only a couple years older than him and still looking for my first job out of college but like him I'm new to the workforce. And also like him I'm still trying to figure out things that I want in life and trying to decide how to get them. The other characters were also great. Amy is the women I would love to meet one day, she's sweet, she's funny and her and James make a great couple. Their chance meeting on the plane at the beginning to me proves that love CAN happen when you least expect it. James's associate/mentor, Deacon is a funny character as well and although at times he did get a little annoying he was still a hoot. One thing that really sticks with me after reading this book and I know I'm echoing other reviewers is that throughout the book other characters gave James advice about getting what he wants out of life.
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By dpappas on February 24, 2012
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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 Chicago. His business meeting turns sour but it is okay because James has met Amy. Amy and James click right away and as their relationship sprouts James feels his trip and himself changing.

The characters in this book were easy to connect to and likeable. I found myself interested in hearing more about James' past (i.e. his parents' death, Liz) but I know that the book was mainly supposed to highlight the relationship between James and Amy. I found Amy harder to connect to than James because there is little to no background on her in the book. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just that I would have liked to have heard more about her. I just loved Claire and Phil and how they welcomed James into their home. I just can't say enough about how I loved the characters in this book.

The writing was great, the plot was great, and I loved that this book was based in Chicago. Chicago is my hometown so I loved knowing where the characters were (I also loved the Blackhawks shout-out. Go Hawks!). The way Chicago winter is portrayed is definitely correct.

Overall I enjoyed the book and was satisfied with the ending. It is a relatively short book but that doesn't mean that it is lacking in substance. I plan on sharing this with my friends.
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