The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning
Fantasy, Fiction, Steampunk, Adventure
Evolved Publishing LLC | June 1st, 2019
The Amazing Beatrix works as an acrobat in a 19th Century circus, no home or family to speak of. When a daring escape from her abusive ringleader crosses Beatrix’s path with that of the daring adventurer Colonel James Bacchus, the unlikely pair team up, fly to safety aboard the Colonel’s miraculous four-story hot air balloon, and begin a grand quest to find the most precious gem in the world, The Blue Star Sphinx.
If the heroes can outmaneuver the deadly treasure hunters, escaped convicts, and double-crosses that await them, they may win the treasure they seek, or better yet, a sense of true belonging.
Beatrix is an acrobat in the cruel ringleader, Ziro’s, circus. If she makes one wrong move or dares to talk back she knows Ziro will be there waiting with his whip. One night during her act she notices a man and is immediately curious about him. During the same night, she escapes Ziro’s circus and ends up on the mysterious man’s four-story hot air balloon. Bee learns all kinds of new things as her and the Colonel travel across Europe. During their journey, Bee meets friends and enemies of the Colonel while they search for the Blue Star Sphinx. They evade vicious treasure hunters, criminals, and unfaithful companions but do they actually get the treasure, The Blue Star Sphinx? You’ll have to read it to find out.
When I first started reading this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. Oh wow, how I was wrong. This story was brilliant and fun to read. You almost feel like you’re part of the adventure with Bee and the Colonel. I think the author did a wonderful job of describing the Colonel’s balloon because let’s face it, I’ve never heard of or seem a four-story hot air balloon, have you? The author also makes the story easy to read and understand without having to dumb everything down and in my opinion that’s what makes a good author.
I really enjoyed learning about all of the different characters and their personalities. The Colonel is definitely very eccentric. His outfits are very neat and colorful and always matching down to the flower he wears in his hat. He is also very smart and friendly. He didn’t want to take on Beatrix after their initial escape, but after she proved she could help he let her stay and they eventually formed a great relationship.
Beatrix, or Bee, is young and just wanted to escape Ziro’s whip, little did she know she would form a sort of family with the Colonel and his friends. She quickly learned the controls of the balloon and would do anything to help the Colonel. Her time with him and his friends changed her and helped her mature in my opinion which I think is great.
Thelma and George, or the Newlyweds as the Colonel called them, were wonderful character’s as well. Thelma kind of played a mother-like figure for Bee without being super overprotective. George was really nice and helped the Colonel with the balloon. Thelma and George’s relationship was really great and refreshing to read about as they were always sweet but sometimes saying things that others, had they not known them, would take the wrong way.
The story itself is really interesting. All the different people you meet throughout the book are pretty cool, even the bad guys. The Colonel is also very ‘friendly’ so anytime they would touch down somewhere they had to not only look to for bad guys but also groups of women looking to kill him. There’s enough going on in this book to keep you interested and to keep you from putting it down without being confusing. I really enjoyed reading this book and if you enjoy reading stories with lots of adventure you will too, so go check it out!