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Hot Air

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Publisher's Summary

Terror at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

Hot Air, a thriller filled with passion, romance, survival and courage. Sean Sandoval, half Navajo, half Irish, has bravery in his blood and passion in his heart. From boyhood to one of the Air Force's elite pararescuemen, his path in life is always connected to air.

As a hot air balloon pilot Sean communes with that air. As a pararescuer, he flies into danger to saves lives.

An enemy combatant from the mountains of Afghanistan, presumed killed, arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is bent on such revenge that he puts thousands of people at the annual International Balloon Fiesta in lethal danger.

Will Sean be able to stop the extremist in time, or will the murderer accomplish his mission first?

©2015 Denise Kahn (P)2017 Denise Kahn

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    Zoe 05-09-17
    Zoe 05-09-17
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    <br/>There is passion, action, terror and others in between. Sean is quite the character being half Navajo and half Irish. He has a career that is thrilling and dangerous. I enjoyed the military romance with the danger that add to the excitement.

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    Joyce K. Retherford Gulf Breeze, FL 05-27-17
    Joyce K. Retherford Gulf Breeze, FL 05-27-17

    I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!

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    "Gripping Drama High in the Sky"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book offers the listener everything a person could want in a great book: Suspense, humor, romance and mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was constantly trying to figure out what was going to happen next. The story was so well written and narrated by the author herself. I became enthralled and determined to listen every moment possible. This is a nice long and totally involving story that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed it when Sean met his lovely Angela and treated her with respect and kindness. It's nice to know there are still some gentlemen around these days.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was extremely nervous at the end of the story when the final moments were coming together. I had no idea what the outcome would be and I was unable to stop listening until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this book in exchange for a review by the author Denise Kahn and I am eagerly ready to move on to her next book !! Loved this story !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 07-16-17
    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 07-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Past. Present. And some other things..."
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    I received this audio-book for an honest review.<br/><br/>This book was okay to me. It is not something that I will be completely got. It started in the present and the shifted to the past and then the present. It kept tripping me out. I would read another book from this author but maybe a different genre.

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    mrmeeka 07-11-17
    mrmeeka 07-11-17
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    "All over the place"

    The book over all has a good story line. But the author is all over the place. One chapter she's writing about a 10 year boy. The next chapter she's gone back 100 years and writing about the first hot air balloon. It's this way through out the book. She seems to want to give a full history for her supporting characters which should not be necessary. The story is about a young boy that falls in love with hot air balloons and how that shapes his life through out his career in the military and there after.

    While I've listened to the entire book I probably wouldn't pursue others from the author as I don't like jumping from one story to another. It's as bad as channel surfing.

    I received a free audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shy G. 07-03-17
    Shy G. 07-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "My Thoughts on Hot Air"

    This was an interesting story that had a lot of parts to the whole picture. Some of the things I liked was the very diverse voices in the narration, the strong sense of family and roots and how everything grew and developed for Sean and his passion for the air.

    The story seemed to have a feeling of jumping around a bit for the first half. It started with a scene from what seemed like the present, then went into the past with a young Sean, then moved forward aging Sean a little, then jumped back to his parents past and then forward to where we last left Sean, and then moved forward from there. It just threw me off a bit, because I felt the blurb gave me one idea of what the story was, but it ended up unfolding in a very different way.

    All in all it was a good story. It had strong elements of family and friendship. It had loyalty and love. It had action and a thriller feeling in some parts. Definitely an interesting story.

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    Christy D 06-13-17
    Christy D 06-13-17
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    The story is based around Sean (a half Native American half Irish) and his family. But yet it's so much more. You get glimpses in so may others lives that come in contact with Sean and at the end you don't feel as if you have missed any part of their stories. I love how the families on the reservation pull together when needed and learn to better themselves. I also love the eagle!

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 05-31-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Feels like short stories smashed into one novel"

    Sean’s roots start in Ireland with a girl on the cusp of womanhood. She eventually flees to the USA to get a fresh start where she meets the man who will become her husband. Together, they raise Sean who becomes a pararescueman and goes on to battle terrorists in Afghanistan and at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

    I really wanted to like this story but it needs quite a bit of polishing. We start off with young Sean and we have several chapters of him being a kid. This part of the story is suited for kids. The sentences are shorter and the vocabulary easier than what we have later in the book. The story shifts when we get a long story about Fiona, Sean’s mother. We spend several chapters with her and then a few with her and Tibi, the Navajo man who becomes her husband and Sean’s father. Yet then we get another shift once Sean joins the military. There’s lots of cussing and some practical joking along with military stuff. Altogether, it felt like I had read 3-4 short stories, all with their own flavor, that had been smashed together in this book. It felt disjointed.

    The description of this book makes me think this a thriller full of action and suspense. However, the terrorists and action really don’t come into the story until sometime in the second half. There is a little glimpse into this with the prologue but then we have half the book or more before we return to it.

    The lengthy section about young Sean stands well on it’s own. He’s fascinated with the hot air balloons that are common in and around Albuquerque a good chunk of the year. There’s this mystical quality to his dreams as he travels back in time to witness the first European attempts at hot air ballooning. This section is decently written even if I find that it doesn’t really fit the description of the book.

    In Sean’s late teens, we get a very lengthy flashback of Fiona’s history. Again, I liked this section on it’s own. There are parts of it that did seem over simplified, but for a short story explaining a character’s motivations for leaving Ireland and making her own way in a foreign land, it was OK. This section includes Fiona meeting Tibi, a native New Mexican and full-blood Navajo. Their romance is sweet, if simplistic.

    Once Sean joins the military, things do pick up. There’s plenty more characters to enjoy, like Niko (Sean’s best friend) and later a little more romance as the men find love. I did find the terrorists to be simply drawn, not having much depth. The action follows Sean home and he has to do some heroics at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

    As a New Mexican, I just wanted to point out that there is a difference between salsa and sauce and typically when ordering a New Mexican dish with ‘Christmas’ on it, you are getting both red chile sauce and green chile sauce, not salsa (as the book has it in one chapter). These little inaccuracies just added to the over all feel that this story needed yet one more edit before going to print.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: Denise Kahn could do with some polishing on both her narrating skills and her audio production skills. This recording had a tinny quality for most of it and the volume ranged throughout it. Also she took several chapters to settle into 1 pronunciation for Tibi; since she is also the author, I felt this was sloppy. She does make a solid effort to give each character an appropriate accent and for the most part, she is consistent (though I can’t speak to the accuracy of some of her foreign accents). The book does have some nice little bits of music in between each chapter.

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    LilMissMolly 05-29-17

    LilMissMolly

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    "Enjoyable thrilling listen!"
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    Hot Air, written and narrated by Denise Kahn, is an action thriller that aspires to be an international thriller in the vein of a Suzanne Brockmann novel. In a post 9-11 world, I can easily imagine one soldier from Afghanistan holding a grudge and becoming a suicide bomber, threatening devastation at an annual international festival like the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. <br/><br/>While elements of the book were quite exciting and the overall premise was a really good one, the execution was just not as polished as one published in a more traditional manner. Perhaps it's because the author was too ambitious and put everything about the history of Albuquerque and its settlers into one book and told essentially stories about three different couples? Certain aspects of the city and characters could have been developed more completely through a series and been more satisfying. <br/><br/>For example, the main story centered around Sean Sandoval and how his passion for hot air balloons as a little boy leads him to become a Pararescuer in the Air Force (the Air Force's equivalent to the Navy's SEALs). However, there is also a lengthy backstory about how his Navajo father and Irish mother met and fell in love. Plus, there is a side story involving another Pararescuer that Sean befriends at training who just happens to be from Albuquerque too and whose family is very Greek (the scenes reminded me a lot of My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Each couple deserved their own stories and each couples ancestry could have been explained more in depth and explained how they settled in the area.<br/><br/>In sum, Hot Air was an enjoyable read that many will fall in love with, especially due to the rich and intriguing history of Albuquerque and its residents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jey cee 05-15-17
    jey cee 05-15-17
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    <br/>The story is a family; Native American father the mother is from Ireland and a son named Sean, whose journey through his life begins at age nine. Sean sees, for the first time, a hot air ballon that has drifted and lands on Sean’s family’s land in New Mexico.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 05-10-17
    Teresa 05-10-17

    I love listening to audiobooks with my three compadres: two sweet tabby cats and a Great Dane!

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    "Hot Air Has Good Potential"

    I listened to Hot Air written by Denise Kahn. I felt the story was very good but did need editing and perhaps proofreading. While Denise tells a great story, there were a few places that were repetitive and inconsequential. Beyond that I liked the heart of the story.

    With this type book I think I would go with a professional narrator. There are many instances when I love that the author reads their own book but this wasn't one of them. The audio sounded tinny.

    This isn't the first audiobook I've listened to by Denise Kahn and I know she can write. I hope to hear more from her in the future. I never give up on a good author.

    Audiobook gifted to me by the author for my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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