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The Cannibal Queen: An Aerial Odyssey Across America *Inscribed by author*

Coonts, Stephen

ISBN 10: 067174884X / ISBN 13: 9780671748845
Published by Pocket Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Fine+ Hardcover
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*Inscribed by author on half title page** " To ----, I hope you enjoy this low and slow tale. All the best, Stephen Coonts, Oshkoch, '92. First Printing* // Pristine copy in a Pristine dust jacket, price intact, and mylar protected. Collectible* Coonts is a bestselling novelist, has been hailed as the best contemporary author writing about flying. Now he turns his storytelling genius to nonfiction in 'The Cannibal Queen", an exultant account of the summer of '91 -- of three glorius months spent exploring America from the cockpit of a vintage biplane. (A Stearman open cockpit biplane) He covers all 48 of the continental United States, from sea to shining sea. Coonts has logged thousands of hours in the Navy's most sophisticated aircraft. An extraordinary adventure, following highways, railroad lines, and rivers. Bookseller Inventory # 000703

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Title: The Cannibal Queen: An Aerial Odyssey Across...

Publisher: Pocket Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine +

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author of Flight of the Intruder recounts his three-month, forty-eight-state flight into the heart of America in a 1942 Stearman bi-plane, describing the panorama of forests, mountains, rivers, and valleys beneath him.

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The record of a flight, in the summer of 1991, to each of the contiguous 48 states in a WW II-vintage biplane trainer, by bestselling novelist Coonts (Flight of the Intruder, etc.). Though the subtitle seems to beg the book's comparison with John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley or William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, Coonts's gee-whiz tone soon places his book into a kind of upbeat appreciation of America rather than into a dour, midlife odyssey. You'll recall that Steinbeck was at the end of a long, somewhat soured career, while Heat-Moon had lost in love and seemed to be at the end of his career. Coonts, however, is divorced but riding a crest of popularity, and to pursue his chief passion, old airplanes, with the book already bankrolled is a wonderful lark. Even to include his 14-year-old son, David, on part of the journey seems calculated, although the father-son takes are appealing, particularly when David, high above the earth, folds his arms and announces, ``I'm bored.'' Coonts makes pilgrimages to such shopworn shrines as Disneyland, Hannibal, and even Mt. Rushmore, but he hasn't here much fresh to say about them; he's just a tourist. On the other hand, the culture of the private plane comes delightfully to life as Coonts marvels at a country where every little town has its strip, its laconic air controller, its cheap, clean motel just down the road. His observations on world politics seem pedestrian, but his insight into general aviation is clear and noteworthy: ``The general aviation industry is dying. Federal regulation and the legal system have driven it to the lip of the grave where it is waiting to expire and fall in.'' Middle-class, upbeat to a fault, and unmeditative. Yet the descriptions of flight and the portrait of an America seemingly trapped in a time-warp are arresting. (Eight page photo-insert--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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