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Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold @kittyhawkworld

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1)
Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Release Date: December 2012
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.


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.

About the series:
There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone. 
“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”
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Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.
Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to AMAZON
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This first book in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series is a really good way to start a series with great potential.

It all begins when Kitty decides to fly to Alaska to studying humpback whales. With her mind set on the mission, she prepared everything she needed. She even got financing so she doesn’t have to worry about money. It all goes according to plan until she decides to investigate a curious boat and the adventure begins. Stolen gold, an old curse, the beautiful landscape of Alaska and Canada are the ingredients to a super enjoyable and entertaining story.

Kitty is an admirable character. She is fearless, loyal, honest but above all very human. She has a believable personality and her enthusiasm for life and its adventures is contagious. She keeps calm during some stressful moments and when the situation requires a focused and determined person, she is ready to play the part. We see her grow up and face great danger and is during those moments when we witness what a great character she is.

The rest of the characters are also likeable and each one has a defined personality. I like that the author made very clear the intentions and motivations of everyone.

The book includes a lot of action, there's adrenaline, tension and a lot of good laughs. If you never flew in a seaplane, don't you worry the descriptions and narration really take you into the cabin and you can feel the rush of flying above earth.

I liked the little maps included by the author; they helped me to better situate the story. The fact that he used real places, geography and local history makes the book more solid and complete.

The writing is very good, with colorful and vivid descriptions. The dialogues sound real and natural. The rhythm is constant and during the key moment it goes a bit faster but you still can understand what’s going on.

I just have to say that I wouldn't label it as simple YA, it's true that the main character is just eighteen but for me the book can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Overall, it’s a really good book about a courageous young girl and her adventures.

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