Note: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a honest review. In no way will this affect the content of the review.
» Written by Iain Reading
» 262 pages
» Published by Amazon Digital Services on December 3rd, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
I thought Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold was okay. It didn’t blow me out of the water, but most of it wasn’t too hard to get through. It was a decently enjoyable read, although I had a few issues with it.
The plot was very solid. I really liked the ideas behind it and the structure of how it played out. However, I would have liked it if the book went a little farther. The whole story just seemed kind of low-stakes, so I wasn’t too invested in how the plot would continue and the book seemed a bit bland.
I also think the characters needed to be deepened as well. They were good on the surface, but the novel never really dug into the deeper aspects of their personalities. Occasionally it started to, but then shied away and moved back to the actual story. I think this also added to the feeling that this novel was “low-stakes” and explained why I had a hard time getting into the book.
Once the action picked up at the end of the book, these problems didn’t bother me too much. I did enjoy reading the end, but I just wish the beginning had been a little more immersive and engaging. Overall, this is a book that I’m glad I read, I just wouldn’t pick up again.
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