A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.
I was pleased to make the acquaintance of Patrick Canning by email, and accepted a review copy of his new book, The Colonel and the Bee. The novel is most excellent. The story flows smoothly, and is extremely well-written. Canning has an undeniable way with words that makes reading this book sheer pleasure.
It begins with Beatrix, a 13-year-old acrobat in a 19th century European circus. Beatrix has a sharp tongue, and sharper wit. Whipped by a sadistic ringmaster but loved by fellow circus folk, young Beatrix soon finds herself forced to perform before a drunken dinner party thrown by local nobility. Eluding her vicious ringmaster, she joins up with an adventurer and recent patron, Colonel James Bacchus. Bacchus’s incredible giant balloon, the Oxford Starladder, serves as the vehicle for a narrow escape and further adventure.
The Colonel and the Bee was released through Evolved Publishing, a relatively young small press that prides itself on quality titles. If this novel is any indication of others in their catalog, they have an outstanding selection of books.
So check out Canning’s novel. It’s a very entertaining tale that is superbly written. Five out of five stars. Highly recommended.
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