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The Colonel and the Bee: Book Review

The Colonel and the Bee: Book Review

The Colonel and the Bee

Published May 28th 2018


3.5 out of 5 stars


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.
Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic.

One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix’s show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Ox.

Beatrix flees that night to join the Colonel, and the two of them make a narrow escape—Beatrix from her abusive ringleader, the Colonel from a freshly-made cuckold. Beatrix, feeling the Colonel may have the answers to her problems, pledges to help him catch the criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his magnificent balloon.

The criminal seeks a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx, but he’s not alone. The Sphinx’s immense value has also drawn the attention of the world’s most deadly treasure hunters. A murder in Antwerp begins a path of mystery that leads all the way to the most isolated island on Earth.

What dangers await the Colonel and the acrobat?


Pages: 280

Publisher:  Evolved Publishing

Series? No, this book is a standalone.

MY REVIEW OF The Colonel and the Bee:

Fiction – Fantasy – Adventure

Thank you to the author, Patrick Canning for sending me a finished copy of the Colonel and the Bee in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows two characters in a hot air balloon house, side note, I think that the front cover of this book is absolutely awesome and helps me imagine the house that floats within the pages of this book.

I loved the descriptions of the air balloon, with three different stories and tons of treasures, it made my imagination go wild. The amount of detail that goes into describing the wicker house is unbelievable and really is the centerpiece for this entire story.

This book has a full cast of characters with and an enjoyable main character. These characters are definitely not your run of the mill characters, with a runaway acrobat as the main character.

As the book progressed, I did get a little lost in the story, and I found that the plot progressed a little slow.

As a whole, this book was enjoyable to read and definitely unique!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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Sarah June

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