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
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.
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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6.14 x 9.21 x 0.6312 (0.959 Lbs)
280 Pages (26/Carton)
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"What a gem of a story readers will find in The Colonel and The Bee. Canning has taken elements and ideas that readers love to find in stories, then used his incredible storytelling to mix everything together into a literary cocktail of fun. Take the aforementioned stories: anyone who loves any or all of these stories will instantly fall in love with The Colonel and The Bee. Readers who enjoyed Verne’s Around The World in 80 Days or Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle will enjoy the unconventional means of travel the Colonel has or even the strange diversity of characters that travel together that goes very much along the lines of the circus Beatrix ran away from. Each character is different and unique, yet they come together to form a family. The adventure of finding The Blue Star Sphinx and the dangers that come with treasure hunting will please fans of Stevenson’s Treasure Island. And a nod to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet makes an appearance, though not between the characters readers may think.
"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. Readers will travel around the world by a means of transportation that could never work in real life. They will become part of a treasure hunt that has danger, fear, excitement, and laughter. They will become part of an adventure with characters who have infectious optimism and undefeatable spirits. It is a story that will capture the attention of a large audience of readers, peaking the interest and curiosity with fan favorite elements found in other popular works of fiction. Anyone who begins The Colonel and The Bee is guaranteed an excellent new read they will not want to have end."
"Described by the author as Around the World in 80 Days meets The Wizard of Oz, 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! ...for my fellow coffee lovers, this quote: 'Why Bee! Tea is for the indecisive, hard pressed to take a position on which way to comb their hair in the morning. A more apathetic beverage is hard to come across. Coffee begs you to take it somewhere new. A welcome traveling partner, an astute mind sharpener, and a trustworthy enema you can set your watch to!'"
"Hoo-boy is this one a douzy! The novel hit all my buttons: unique, intriguing, adventurous, historical, surprisingly sharp female protagonist coupled with the swash-buckling theatrics of a male co-protagonist, and absolute non-stop riveting action.
"Intelligently written, well-plotted story with fully developed characters who came alive on the page so that it wasn't difficult to become fully invested in each. There is a fully developed sense of humor, innuendo, and puns dotting the colorfully painted landscape and often brought a LOL moment along with the profuse use of quotes and wise sayings."