Published: April 19th 2013
Read Date: December 2017
Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations.
This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.
Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee has left Key West and continue around the world trip. It halts at No Name Key, visits the town that has the same name as hers in North Carolina, explores cemetery in Halifax, stop at Gander, Greenland and then finally arrives to the rugged mystique landscape of Nordic nation where Kitty immerse in another mystery, Iceland.
Here Kitty learns lot about Iceland. Energy production by geothermal plants and hydroelectric dam Iceland and its use in Aluminum production was the center point of the plot and whole adventure revolved around it.
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is third book in ‘Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency’ series. I suggest to read it in order.
Kitty was as usual very cool, awe-inspiring, curious 17 old girl that you can’t help but like her. I like her in this book even more than first two because of her monologues and she was little less nosy.
New characters of the book were interesting. I liked Charlie’s friend Konrad and his wonderful family. They were so kind and sweet to Kitty.
First of all thing I loved that was the same like previous books are-
Cool protagonist and narration in her cool voice, Awesome easy to follow writing, All facts and history about the places Kitty visit which makes this book likeable by larger audience, Adventure, and Some further reading about places at the end of the book, of course all google-able.
The difference in this one from first two book that I liked was-
First, in this one Kitty got into adventure not because of her curiosity but because she was in right place at wrong time. Second, the adventure was more dangerous than first two book. It involved murder, kidnapping, guns, shooting, Kitty running for her life, and then there was elves and hidden people which was pretty interesting. Third, this time she got herself not in middle of treasure but in middle of those in the conquest of power and money, corrupt government and greedy companies.
“Human beings seems to be a lot better at finding differences among themselves than animals are.”
My goodness, this series is plethora of information. There was loads of info on Icelandic people, culture, literacy, government, food (which was even more interesting), Vikings, weather, volcanos famous places to visit and lot more- some serious facts, some crazy and some wow facts. Best thing to know about Iceland I learned was how unique this country is from other places in the world. I know petty lot about Iceland that I feel like I just came back after spending few months there. Luckily just after reading just this book, I got video rec on Youtube ‘Allan Walker- I want you back’ that was shoot in Iceland and I could recognize all the places I googled while reading this book.
“Sometimes these voices inside our heads can be difficult, can’t they, not to mention unsupportive of our ideas.”
I liked how author portrayed different views on the use of geothermal energy for aluminum smelters or production of aluminum through recycling and overall environmental damage in both by using Iceland’s resource and without it. It was very cleverly written and also remarkable to convert into the main theme of the book.
“You’re going on an adventure… and along the way you will see amazing things and meet amazing people, and most of all you will encounter cultures that will seem very strange and beliefs that are very contrary to yours. And you have to respect those different cultures and beliefs… They are the whole point of going out and seeing the wide world in the first place.”
The mystery was not that intense like previous books. It was pretty clear at certain point who was messing with machine at construction site and why. But there was more to it that caught me by surprise in climax.
The end was unique, I liked the way author included whole court scene and of course that speech which was very deep and meaningful. There were many good meaningful lines throughout the book that I liked and I even quoted few in this review as well. Epilogue was also surprising that I suggest not to miss.
Overall, definitely awesome. Those who loves to travel and adventure and are curious to know more like protagonist of this book and me will love to read this book.
Author: Iain Reading
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.
Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/
*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***
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