Monday, May 26, 2008

Skid by Rene Gutteridge


Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.


On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service. But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.
My Review: This is a great book. It is book three in the Occupational Hazard Series. I think my favorite so far is book two: Snitch. Book one is titled Scoop. The backbone of the series focuses on the Hazard siblings. They were all clowns in the family business until the tragic death of their parents. After that the family went into different directions to find their life work. In this book Hank Hazard is working as a spy for an airline company. In the family business he was the mime. He is a quiet polite person so even though he is supposed to be a pain testing the plane staff; he does it in such a way that they do not know quite what to do with him. In the end he ends up helping them when a set of unusual circumstances develop. This is not a normal flight from the beginning. It has lots of funny moments. You will find yourself giggling out loud. I love this series and highly recommend them. They do not have to be read in order although I recommend doing so to get the feel of the family. :)

Author Bio:
Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City .


To Buy a Copy:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400071593

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