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the last bush pilots Reviews
My novel, inspired by my life as a young bush pilot in Alaska. Enjoy!
Mayday...Mayday". Those two words were the bait. As twisted as this might sound in the looming possibility of someone's demise I needed to find out what happened next, and so I kept reading. I was then completely hooked and reeled in. Author, Eric Auxier knows how to deliver a heart thumping beginning that shaped the foundation of this fictional story of two young aspiring pilots, Daniel C Alva "DC", and his best friend Allen D Foley. Working the skies towards getting into the big leagues, they both take on the Alaskan Bush, and whatever else "SHE" decides to dish out. This heart thumping adrenalin rush continues throughout the whole novel making it such a worthwhile purchase.Throughout you will find characters that you'll either love or hate. This tale spins the lives of "as tough as you can get & the cheechacko (greenhorn)" Alaskan bush pilots, aviation, the beauty of the land, the unforgiving weather, and the meeting of friends new and old , all woven together into one great novel. Each chapter brings on new adventures and for anyone that loves life's mystery, history, geography, humor, a little romance, danger, twists and turns that you never expected then you will highly enjoy this novel. (I must say the romance is not sappy, but has a certain edge to it).What I greatly appreciated was the author's wit, humor, and style of personal touches (as a pilot himself), that he painted throughout the book for the reader. This novel left me satisfied, entertained, and surprisingly enough gave me a new found admiration and knowledge of aviation, and the wild beautiful land known as Alaska or more appropriately "The Last Bush Pilots" of The Last Frontier.With that said, do I highly recommend this book? YES...completely captivating.
This is excellent work on so many levels. Alaska is a haven for all sorts of end-of-the-road types, and Auxier's presentations of the young pilots DC and Allen, the former airline pilot Dusty Tucker, hillbilly prankster Ralph Olafsen, the complex Veronica Redding/Holly Innes, and all the rest are as complete as the flesh and blood Alaskans in John McPhee's "Coming Into the Country."The plot is beautifully crafted, without any signs of tricks or a formula. Auxier's use of dialogue is skillful, so the method never gets in the way of the story. Most impressive to me is his technical credibility, no matter whether the subject is rock climbing, weather, or aircraft. Auxier has keen powers of observation, and has clearly been collecting and cataloguing vignettes for most of his life. Still, he is not limited by his own experiences, as varied as they are. He is not old enough to have flown in the Vietnam war, for instance, but his portrayal of A7 combat is as believable as his Cessna 207 bush flying.This is not a genre that I often read, and I am much more familiar with Conrad, Faulkner and O'Connor than Clancy, Grisham and Koontz. I do know good writing when I see it, and this is not what I expected in a breakthrough novel.
OUTSTANDING!Then again, I wrote it.
I loved the book! It was a great fun read that was a real page turner. As a pilot myself, and one who had the chance to fly in Alaska (Palmer) just this past summer in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, I fully appreciated the Alaska weather and people that the author spoke about. I highly recommend this book to everyone, but particularly to those who have an interest in going to Alaska, or who've already been there, and/or who have an appreciation for back-country bush flying. I particularly liked the main character's (DC) final conclusion about flying in Alaska, "Confident Humility", confidence in the cockpit, but always humble to her (Mother Nature). As a pilot flying anywhere, those are certainly two key words to live by.
"MAYDAY, MADAY! I'M GOING DOWN, I'M GOING D--"Author, airline captain and popular blogger Eric Auxier brings his former Alaska bush flying to life in his second novel, The Last Bush Pilots. Exhilarating flying, tall tales and larger-than-life characters abound in a wild land that truly is America's Last Frontier.Two young pilots, Daniel "DC" Alva and Allen David Foley, take on the world's most dangerous flying: the Alaska bush. But Mother Nature--and a sexy Native Alaskan--stand in their way.At SEAS Airlines, Juneau, Chief Pilot Dusty Tucker heads a ragtag band of flying misfits. Meet legendary bush pilot Jake "Crash" Whitakker, equally adept at landing planes and ladies--and "crashin' 'em" as well; prankster pilot Ralph Olaphsen, who once set an extinct volcano ablaze on April Fool's Day; and no-nonsense Check Airman Holly Innes, trying to cut a respectable niche in the notoriously macho bush pilot world--while escaping a dangerous past.Amid Alaska's volatile skies, DC and Allen face escalating challenges in and out of the cockpit. As the two cheechackos, or greenhorns, learn the ropes, they are also roped into Crash and Ralph's hare-brained scheme, Operation Dirty Harry. Under the suspicious nose of Draconian FAA Inspector Frederick Bruner, the pilots hatch a plot to hijack and rescue a planeload of orphaned bear cubs. Moreover, mischievous Tlingit Indian Tonya Hunter, as wild and unpredictable as the land in which she lives, plays the two lovestruck cheechackos against each other.But the true villain of the story is Mother Nature herself. Alaska's notoriously fickle weather and rugged terrain take on a life of its own. Can the two cheechackos survive Her relentless onslaught and launch their fledgeling airline careers?
This was a fun read for me as an avid flight simulator enthusiast. How it would suit non-aviation fans is perhaps the main question. A young aviator is convinced by his friend to join him in Alaska to build up experience with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot. As an aviation fan, I have to give this a 4-star, but 3-stars is perhaps more appropriate for those not particularly interested in the risks of bush plane flying in Alaska.
I really enjoyed this book and the characters. The enter twining of the characters emotions, along with their passion of flying made this book great to read. I loved the continued support of the team of pilots held for each other, and even though there were some personal problems, they put them aside to help each other. This book was fun to read, with a nice mixture of humor and suspense. I will continue to read more of Eric Auxier's books. Thank you Eric for writing a good book!
Brilliant book! Aside from the cheesy love story part, when I personally was about to close it for good, the rest is really enthralling. If you're amongst those who can't look up in the sky without spotting a plane or two, and the words like VFR or cloud base have sacred meaning to you - go for it, you'll love this book! If you're not - perhaps you will be after reading it.. )
I give this book a solid 4.5 rating. It was a great read and kept me turning the pages. You could tell that the author was a pilot. I would highly recommend this book!