Beatrix, an abused circus acrobat, joins the enigmatic Colonel on a harrowing hot air balloon journey around the globe. They seek a criminal looking for a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx. Yet the Sphinx’s immense value has also drawn the attention of the world’s most deadly treasure hunters. What dangers await the Colonel and the acrobat?
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Roll Out Reviews says, "Is everyone ready for a fun story to read? Is everyone ready for an adventure? Is everyone ready to travel the world without leaving their home? Is everyone ready to throw caution to the wind and just go out and live life? Is everyone a fan of stories like Around The World in 80 Days, Howl’s Moving Castle, Romeo and Juliet, and Treasure Island? Then it is time to pick up and read The Colonel and The Bee."
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?
Watch for this literary adventure, in the tradition of Around the World in 80 Days, to release in the spring of 2018.
Watch for the audiobook to release in late 2018. Stay tuned for details.
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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."