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Posted September 20, 2012
One of the things I love about books is that they can take you somewhere you’d not otherwise go. They can take you somewhere you’d not even want to go----and set the stage for you to enjoy it. 14 Days to Alaska did that for me. I’ve flown in jets, small planes, helicopters----even a glider. I am a white knuckler for take off, landing, and turbulence. But I could thoroughly enjoy the flight from Ohio to Alaska in 14 Days to Alaska.
The most delightful aspect of the adventure to me, a former teacher, was watching Troy develop into a pilot. He is open to learning, even enthusiastic about it. He is positive, honest, and genuine, the type of student teachers enjoy.
Troy’s asides are a great source of comic relief from the tension that you find in the story during the flight:
“With this positive (-ly delusional . . .) frame of mind, I looked out the window. I didn’t see evidence of massive frost layers like yesterday. So far, so good. We got our stuff together and headed down to breakfast again. As we stepped outside we found . . . frost. But this time the frost wasn’t the thick white kind, it was a thin layer on top of solid ice. As if it was a little frost on top of freezing rain. Not what I had in mind.”
And that’s the personable way the story’s told. Language flows along as if you were sitting somewhere listening to the adventure over coffee, relaxed, comfortable, hanging on interest-grabbing tales of the flight. When the story ends, you want more. You’ve met a new pilot, a character you won’t forget, and one you hope to hear from again.