- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480279889
- ISBN-13: 978-1480279889
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 115 customer ratings
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"Eric Auxier is the next Tom Clancy of aviation."
--Tawni Waters, author, Beauty of the Broken; Siren Song;
1st Place, Top Travel Writers of 2010
"With 12,000+ hours of arctic Alaskan bush flying to my credit during the 1970's and 80's, reading The Last Bush Pilots was like a glance in a forty year old mirror. Nice work, Eric."
--CloudDancer, author, "CloudDancer's Alaskan Chronicles."
"I flew through The Last Bush Pilots in one sitting, keeping my seatbelt securely fastened. A fast-paced tale, thoroughly enjoyed."
--John Wegg, Editor Airways Magazine
"As a page-turning adventure novel, you won't want to put down THE LAST BUSH PILOTS while the midnight sun still shines."
"The author paints a pictures with words that are every bit as beautiful and moving as anything ever drawn or photographed. "
From the Author
Readers are always asking me just how much of this book is true. While this novel is entirely fictional, many larger-than-life characters and "tall tales" are inspired by real people and events I encountered while flying the Alaska bush in the summer of'87.
For example, in Chapter 3, Eagle & Salmon, the scene where an eagle with a salmon in its talons flies inches over the boys' heads while they're chatting on the Juneau Airport ramp, happened to me. It remains one of the most breathtaking scenes in my life. And in Chapter 22, The Sky Fell, DC faces the bush pilot's ultimate fear. That experience also happened to me, and proved to be a watershed moment in my flying career. Readers of my blog at capnaux.com will recall the true story in my post, The Sky Fell. Moreover, the way both pilots handle their emergency landings come from hours plying the Southeast Alaska skies, contemplating exactly just what I would do if faced with those situations.
In another incident that inspired a subplot for this book, I did indeed fly three orphaned bear cubs. As in the novel, a poacher killed their momma sow. While those real-life cubs found homes in zoos in the Lower Forty-Eight, I wanted to spin a fun yarn exacting poetic justice on said poacher; hence, the Doyle brothers in the book. And, by the way, bear cubs really do stink to high heaven!
Some minor facts have been altered to serve the story. For example, Etolin Island, not Pleasant Island, contains the Roosevelt Elk herd. I also have to confess that real-life credit for character Ralph Olaphsen's genius "volcanic" April First hoax goes to one Oliver "Porky" Bickar.
A major theme that shapes this book is Alaska; the land, the people, their way of life. But Alaska's dominating trait, in this book and in real life, is the weather. In The Last Bush Pilots, Mother Nature is personified as the Ultimate Adversary, and modern day bush pilots would do well to think of Her as such. She dominates every decision we make, from how much fuel to take, what route to fly, even whether to launch or not. To that end, the most accurate scenes in this book, I believe, are the ones that take place in the air.*
I may have only spent a scant summer season in that magical land called Alaska, but the lessons and impressions stuck with me for life.
And inspired this novel.
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Having spent 30 years of my maritime career as an Alaska harbor pilot flying to and from jobs with bush pilots, the story line brought back many memories - and had me reliving the tension of some of those flights. Anyone inclined to push the Amazon "Buy" button for this book will not be disappointed.
From start to finish, this is a book that is hard to put down. The character, while not many, created a certain air about them. These were seasoned Bush Pilots, sourdough, and a couple of Churchill (?) = New kids on the block.
Dusty Tucker, the Boss, who shared various pearls of wisdom with DC. Next came Jake Whittaker, another knowledgeable person in all things to do with the Alaskan Bush.
There are others, each that add their own quirks to the group.
Mr Auxier is a pilot also, so much of what he has written comes from his own knowledge.
Throughout you will find characters that you'll either love or hate. This tale spins the lives of "as tough as you can get & the cheechacko (greenhorn)" Alaskan bush pilots, aviation, the beauty of the land, the unforgiving weather, and the meeting of friends new and old , all woven together into one great novel. Each chapter brings on new adventures and for anyone that loves life's mystery, history, geography, humor, a little romance, danger, twists and turns that you never expected then you will highly enjoy this novel. (I must say the romance is not sappy, but has a certain edge to it).
What I greatly appreciated was the author's wit, humor, and style of personal touches (as a pilot himself), that he painted throughout the book for the reader. I am no aviation buff, but what I do love is adventure, and being immersed into the characters and storyline that took me away into a unique journey I'd never imagined. This novel left me satisfied, entertained, and surprisingly enough gave me a new found admiration and knowledge of aviation, and the wild beautiful land known as Alaska or more appropriately "The Last Bush Pilots" of The Last Frontier.
With that said, do I highly recommend this book? YES...completely captivating.
Top international reviews
intrest in reading long ago. through reading the ever enveloping story, of, the last bush pilots, I was overtaken by the on going saga,of a young pilot,trying make his way, towards hi lingering dream of airline pilot, the way of the writing,the story,the cliffhanging parts,i found hard to put the novel down,and every moment was reading, in the depth that Eric Auxier wrote, he put you in the story as if a friend a fellow pilot also struggling to find his way,and overwhelmingly was drawn back to reading again,and, recommendation of other
books by the author.
If the Amazon new author winning title ,the last bush pilots, is anything to go by,then his latest title,avail on kindle only at moment, is sure to be another runway success.
I havnt stopped reading since ,and will continue,as am at moment,with his recommendations of mark l.berry and karlene petitt
Im Mittelpunkt stehen zwei Piloten, die ihren Traum verwirklichen und die Herausforderung annehmen, in Alaska als Piloten von kleineren Transportflugzeugen ihren Mut zu beweisen. Alles ist sehr spannend und auch mit einer Portion Humor beschrieben. Sehr deutlich kann der Leser nachempfinden, wie der Pilot sein Flugzeug beherrschen möchte und auch den Adrenalinschub spüren, der entsteht, wenn es gelingt. Hier empfindet man das "Fliegen pur" nach. Man will das Buch nicht mehr aus den Händen lassen - spannend bis zur letzten Seite.
Es ist in sehr gut verständlicher englischer Sprache geschrieben und für junge Leute und alle, die sich jung fühlen und sich in den abwechslungsreichen Beruf des Piloten mit allem was dazu gehört, hineinversetzen möchten.
Man spürt deutlich die Leidenschaft des Autors für seine Passion.
Ich habe bereits einige Exemplare als Weihnachtsgeschenk bestellt.