Flight of Betrayal
Author: Mike Paull
Book Review By JR Hafer, Aviation Writer
Flight of Betrayal is a novel by Mike Paull whose vocation is dentistry. Paull is also an Aviator and a very talented author which is proven in his first novel. This is the type of book I like to read. It’s not one of those the author tries flaunt vocabulary prowess with dressed up adjectives and incomprehensible verbs making his book hard to follow.
Dr. Paull has taken analogy from Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holms” that “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”, and built a thrilling and intense storyline for an exciting novel, and easy to read.
The character development is superb where the reader is able to visualize the image and the color of the personality is evident. One can feel their emotion and the texture of their features are kindred. Within the flow of Mike Paull’s writing style one can even imagine the gate of the character movements.
It is very obvious subject matter is “right on” and the author has firsthand knowledge of dentistry and Aviation. The reader can tell he has traveled to Baja California and Italy because it flows so well throughout the book (no faking it there either). I can vouch for the travel, the Aviation and the countries, but not being one who likes dentistry. I can’t say much about that!
Dr. Brett Raven was believable as was all the other characters. The reader was drawn to Annie from the beginning and she won the “incurable romantic” within me immediately, of course I wanted the hero to fly off into the sunset with the heroine, but that doesn’t always happen, does it? Then there was Claude, the fat, ugly, drooling, cigar chewing, slimy, dirty, little gangster type guy. I can’t believe the slime-ball knew how to fly an airplane in the first place. But he must have had some “smarts” to put together a “racket” such as the one in the book. Wow, there are a lot of twists and turns in this novel. It did keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time. As the old cliché goes, “a real page turner”.
From the Rivera brothers in Mexico, Brett and JT flying their Baron 58 to Baja, to Annie and Dr. Raven in Italy trying to find Maria Russo, then there is Manny and Claude with Ginger trying to keep it all straight being the “Mother Hen”. It’s an interesting web to be untangled by the reader for a very unexpected and surprising ending. No fair looking at the end before you read the whole thing now!
This book is very well thought-out and nowhere is it boring. Often a book takes a few pages to develop characters and set the scene and that is when it becomes boring. It takes a very talented writer and a good story-line to weave both together seamlessly and keep the interest of the reader.
The reader has no problem “Getting into” this book. The reader becomes immersed immediately from the first page. This is a very good read… I recommend you go get this book right away.
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Book review by JR Hafer, aviation writer
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