Renee began the #ThrowbackThursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk“ to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out. And, if you’d like to join the fun, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic from her website. Just provide the link back to her please).
This week I am highlighting Michael Reisig, another terrific, prolific author who wrote The Hawks of Kamalon, which I reviewed on Goodreads. He has actually written a number of amazing books and series, many of which I’ve already alluded to on this blog, either introducing a new Key West series novel, a Caribbean Gold series novel, or another Throwback Thursday offering. This novel was published by Write Way Publishing on December 16, 2013. He consistently runs approximately 4.5 stars for any of his books sold on Amazon. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of his action-adventures, you owe it to yourself to check them out!
Originally posted February 20, 2015
The Hawks of Kamalon is an amalgam of gripping science fiction and wonderful storytelling, with imagery that becomes more believable with each page. A Number One Nation-Wide Best-Selling Book for Books In Motion Audio Books!
A small squadron of British and American aircraft depart at dawn on a long-range strike into Germany, but as they cross the English Channel, the squadron vanishes.
Drawn thousands of light-years across the galaxy by Kamalon’s “Sensitive Mothers,” ten men and eight aircraft are greeted by a roaring crowd in a field before the provincial capitol, on the continent of Azra; a land in desperate need of champions.
Captain Ross Murdock and the ’51 Squadron are cast into a whirlwind adventure of intrigue, treachery, and romance as they are “culled” back and forth across the universe, outwitting and outrunning the Germans, while they attempt to foil the invasion of Azra by the neighboring continent of Krete.
The Hawks of Kamalon is a heart-hammering adventure in the classic tradition of Robert Heinlein, but it also examines the parameters of faith and friendship, the qualities that define civilization, and the width and depth of spirit.
The Hawks of Kamalon are the implacable combination of eight British and American fighters and bombers of the 51st Squadron who’ve left WWII torn England on a deadly mission to Germany and are transported in the channel to a world light years away into another do-or-die battle on an alien planet. The “Hawks” bring with them their Spitfires and P51’s and are quickly embroiled in a fight only Michael Reisig could make authentic and heart-thumpingly lively with empathetic characters too real and charismatic to deny.
But wait! This is sci-fi, right? Is it really? Because it reads as terrifyingly genuine. Whose to say we don’t have a parallel universe facing the same struggle of good versus evil as our own? Of course, these are larger than life heroes; they’re from the US (and Texas, a country unto its own!) and the English, who it is said are the most fierce when their back is to the wall. You don’t have to be a war aficionado, pilot, or extreme sports enthusiast to enjoy these action-packed scenes–they ring strong and true and almost literally put you in a helmet cam to see and relive first hand.
Reisig creates a multitude of strong characters and keeps them vivid and in the action. He manages to implant the right character for the scene, but none become so outrageous you can’t visualize them. The female characters are strong and complement their growing romantic partners, although that line doesn’t overwhelm the storyline or downplay the action.
As always, Reisig’s real message of the powerful respect and love for one another comes through in the interaction of his characters–their support and faith in each other. Can they save Kamalon and the Azrans or go down to defeat by the Kretes? Can they ever return to their own beloved earth and countries a universe away? (Or will they want to?)
Greatly recommended for any reader who enjoys getting his/her head in a book to relish a wild, vicarious ride.
About the Author:
Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 20 years. He is a former Caribbean adventurer turned newspaper editor, award-winning columnist, and best-selling novelist.
After high school and college in Florida, he relocated to the Florida Keys. He established a commercial diving business, got his pilot’s license, and traveled extensively throughout the southern hemisphere, diving, treasure hunting, and adventuring.
Reisig claims he has been thrown out of more countries in the Caribbean Basin that most people ever visit, and he admits that a great many of the situations and the characters in his novels are authentic – but nothing makes a great read like experience…
He now lives in the mountains of Arkansas, where he hunts and fishes, and writes, but he still escapes to the Caribbean for an occasional adventure.
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