Left of the Rising Sun, by John Holland, 5 star review

Editing John Holland’s novellas was an honor and an achievement I’m very proud of this year. Today I’d like to share a review of Left of the Rising Sun, his latest novella, which is on sale in ebook format for .99,  free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers and also available as a paperback for $7.99. This book is appropriate for children over the age of 10, and will appeal to adults as well.

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Here is the latest Amazon review, by reader Mehreen Ahmed:

If any one knows the Northern Territory in Australia, the red continent, then they will know how hostile the landscape is here, If a plane is crashed in the middle of nowhere, it is anybody’s guess how the survivors will fare. Ten year old Buck Brown, one such unlucky person was once taking a ride in a mail plane to the outback where his family lived, until this plane had to make an emergency landing on a biillabong, a long way away from home.

Left of the Rising Sun is an extremely well written book, which extrapolates vivid outback images of the dry and hot Savannah to be precise. Each detail has been attended to and has been crafted superbly in accordance with all literary measure. The sun covered in the warmth of a blanket as the morning’s heat gradually rises through the day is only one such example. Minute descriptions throughout shapes the character of the outline in geographic perfection to give the feel of a place, vastly void and dangerous. One has to know the outback only too well to conjure the typical scenario of the anthills, the termites, honeycomb, sparse wild berries, and mussel meat. All too familiar bush tucker captured in gripping writing technique.

Portrayal of human behavior is exceptional as well. A ten year old boy having a crush with a girl similar to his age is also not unheard of. Passenger’s well founded fears and anxieties in the grips of a near fatal situation has been accounted for.

Reading will not stall even for a moment through each paragraph, as the ten year old grapples with his fate in this unfavorable situation. Buck’s adventures in the outback in search of food and water have reached a high point of romanticism, as the boy finds himself alone in a cave camping in the darkest of nights kindled by the fire he manages to light.

I definitely recommend this to all adventure loving people of various ages. Admittedly, getting lost or a plane crash in Buck’s case and surviving an Australian outback of the Northern Territory is not particularly congenial; more so, if the protagonist happens to be ten years of age.

Links:

Kindle edition: amzn.to/1ydLiZ2

Paperback: http://amzn.to/15OlcAk

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