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.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Adventure (Summer 2018)
The Amazing Beatrix, with no home or family, suffers an abusive ringleader as an acrobat in a 19th-century circus. After a harrowing escape from her tormentor, Beatrix encounters the daring adventurer Colonel James Bacchus, and the unlikely pair team up. Flying to safety aboard the Colonel's miraculous four-story hot air balloon, they begin a grand quest to find the most precious gem in the world, The Blue Star Sphinx. Perils await them, however, as they must outmaneuver deadly treasure hunters, escaped convicts, and endless double-crosses. If they succeed, they might discover the great treasure, or better yet, a true sense of belonging.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a fantastical globetrotting adventure, packed with witty banter, colorful characters, and exotic locations, which reads like Sherlock Holmes meets "Around the World in Eighty Days" meets "The Wizard of Oz." [DRM-Free]
Roll Out Reviews says, "There is one word that best describes Canning's latest work: fun. The Colonel and The Bee is that fictional gem readers have been waiting to find for a while to lose themselves in."
Gordon A. Long says, "This is the sort of book that demands creativity, and Canning delivers. Every character is a Character, stretched past stereotype into archetype. Every setting is new and different and unreal to the finest detail."
Literature Approved review site says, "The Colonel and the Bee is a story, I would deem, worth being remembered as a classic. ... Their adventures are filled with mystery, riddles, humor, surprising twists, and a stupendous amount of quotes that put my Kindle highlighter to use!"
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