ABOVE IT ALL by Chaz Wm Hunt

ABOVE IT ALL

KIRKUS REVIEW

A darkly comical tale of one man’s poor choice and the resulting fallout.

A steamy beach read, Hunt’s debut novel will appeal to men and women alike. Sex, drugs and intrigue intertwine as Ian MacAran, a young, good-looking pilot, struggles to navigate his life with the same precision he uses in the air. He’s eager to move on from his last relationship and desperate to sell a house he can no longer afford when his door is opened one day by a quirky, energetic man named Mick Dale. Mick, a contractor, has his eye on Ian’s house as a fixer-upper, but upon learning that Ian is a pilot, he suddenly has his eye on a lot more. After convincing Ian to give him a few flying lessons, Mick finally reveals the truth behind his pursuit: He’s an accomplished drug dealer, and via Ian’s plane, the two would be able to transport cocaine directly from Mexico at a tremendous profit. Initially, the thought horrifies Ian, but Mick is persuasive, and soon Ian is addicted to the thrill of the scam—not to mention the money that allows him to keep the house and live well beyond his standard. As Ian gets embroiled in drug trafficking, his love life gets complicated, too. After meeting the quiet, trusting and beautiful Sandra, Ian feels that he has, perhaps, at last found love. But another woman, Bernie Selleca, comes onto the scene, determined to seduce Ian away from Sandra to suit her own purposes. Hunt’s novel twists through various perspectives and plot shifts, leaving readers almost breathless. With the surprising ups and downs, the always-entertaining story takes on a feeling much like the plane rides described in its pages. Characters are memorable for their zany antics, especially Ian, who, though flawed, proves to be a likable, sympathetic hero. As he plummets further into his mistakes, his misadventures make for a high-flying, action-packed read.

A delightful romp through the dark, twisted lives of drug dealers, pilots and their lovers.

Pub Date: June 13th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0615722979
Page count: 672pp
Publisher: 1rpm Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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