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on June 29, 2013 :
I'm always looking for a great read, and I was pleasantly surprised with Eagles in the Flesh! My favorite stories are filled with adventure and novelty ideas, and this book gave me just that. It opens up with this riveting description of hang gliding, and it just gets crazier from there! These guys can actually become birds, and journey to places people can only dream of. I liked how it did not completely encompass sky life, but also gave imagery of life below (also filled with adventure.) This book really reminded me of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” with the imagery, and the book “Into the Air” with how action packed it was. My favorite line had to be: “I used to need to bond with people, but now I try to bond with crows. I used to fear being alone, but now alone is fulfilling. It seems that alone is where I can let my feelings be felt and my mind to melt.” (Page 128) Eagles in the Flesh gave a new perspective on travel which can only be seen through a bird eye. It has some minor adult themes in it, but is honestly great for any young adult. The author Erik Kaye did a great job and I can't wait to read another book with that kind of adventure writing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 27, 2013 :
This book is awesome! It took me on a thrilling adventure through great cleverly written writing and such a unique plot. This book blends together so many different literary elements so perfectly that it's actually quite astonishing, I felt uplifted at some points and down at others; at some points I could feel the humor right from the book and then a few chapters later I would feel the loss being portrayed later on. I haven't came across a book as unique as this in a long time, it's definitely different and original and put together really well. I'm very glad I came across this book, I would compare it to a roller coaster ride packed with emotion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2012 :
A riveting read. The ultimate adventure story of life on the edge and beyond. Reads like a blend of the best pirate myths and wild west cowboy tales, shaken with a twist, the characters have the ability to fly like birds of prey travel around the world, competing to see who’s the top raptor. The author recounts his years as a member of a swashbuckling team of world class competition hang glider pilots, kindred spirits bonded by a passion of flight, adventure and a constant need to push everything to the edge and beyond-- in the air and on the ground. The adrenalin thrill ride takes the reader flying through cloud canyons above tropical rain forests, riding air currents to 22,700 feet over the Colorado Rockies, the terror of getting sucked into a thunderstorm, and heart wrenching accounts of trying to revive fellow pilots—sometimes successful, sometimes not—that have crashed, the stark reality of life on the edge. On the ground the action is Hunter Thompsonesque ala Fear and Loathing, again with a twist, wild women and drunken bar room fights to rival any western. Cover to cover, I couldn’t put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)