Reading The North
books of interest to Alaskans
(Published: November 17, 2002)
Sean E. Thomas
blurb: "Alaska State Trooper Robert Sable investigates the strange
appearance of a frozen aviator on an iceberg in Prince William Sound.
The dead aviator was the co-pilot of a plane carrying a shipment of
gold worth millions, destined for Russia. An Anchorage mob boss kills
Sable's partner. As Sable investigates his partner's murder and assembles
the clues, he finds that anyone with knowledge of the gold dies."
"Sable drew them from his pocket, his hand shaking slightly, and with
great difficulty dropped the items into Owen's outstretched hand.
The only way out of this predicament was to bring Frost to Justice.
A week ago, this wouldn't have mattered at all. In fact, a week ago
he hadn't cared if he lived or died. Was it Sue, the case, or had
he done it himself? He stood, squared his shoulders, turned and walked
away, trying not to slouch. He had a score to settle with McCable."
Flame of Adventure
Mountaineers Books, $16.95)
blurb: "Yates details myriad escapades, both on and off the mountains.
His climbing takes him from the very public north face of the Eiger
to isolated Khan Tengri in Central Asia, and from an uncomfortable
night on the floor of a laundry to first-class accommodations at the
expense of a Hollywood film company. Whether earning cash, using his
rope skills on a building site or surviving a marathon hitchhike with
a pill-popping trucker across Australia, Yates exemplifies the free-spirited
life of an explorer 'living a full life while the opportunity offers.'
lines: "I slumped forward into the slope and let my body weight
drop onto the ski poles I held in each hand. The poles sank deeply
into the soft, wet snow, reducing me to an uncomfortable stoop. Normally
I would have plunged them in again and readjusted myself into a more
upright position, but I was too tired to care. I simply stood bowed,
head down, listening to my gasping breath. My heart was pounding,
and with each beat, painful pulses of blood ran through bulging veins
on either side of my forehead."
in a Northern Sky
Charles Douglas Hayes
blurb: "If you think Wasilla makes an unlikely staging ground
for an epic saga, think again. While you're at it, fasten your seat
belt. Alaska author Charles Douglas Hayes has taken on the future in his
debut novel. Part science-fiction, part historical quest and part
action thriller, the story involves astrophysics, gold fever, the
Alaska Highway, a Dallas drug lord and Moby-Dick, among other things.
All of the multiple themes and story lines meet in a climax near Mount
"The more Ginger thought about it, the better it sounded. Vince had
shown her a picture of the cabin his father had left him in Alaska.
The place was small, but the surroundings were beautiful. The sunrise
or sunset in the background of the photo gave a light reminiscent
of cathedral windows. They could move to a city nearby and stay at
the cabin part time. God, it sounded great, almost too good to be
true. There must be a catch."