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The Aerie (Book) Review

 
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2.5/ 5


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An interesting premise - a community of pilots living amidst a scenic mountain backdrop.

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Tries to do too much - too many characters over too long a period of time feels like nothing gets true development.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“Air strip on Weeks Mountain” The Aerie tells the story of a group of people from all sorts of background come together in a common interest – their love of flying. As the story begins, we meet a couple – Pat and Leslie – who have been looking for the perfect spot to set up […]

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“Air strip on Weeks Mountain”

The Aerie tells the story of a group of people from all sorts of background come together in a common interest – their love of flying. As the story begins, we meet a couple – Pat and Leslie – who have been looking for the perfect spot to set up their very own runway and hangar. As they fly over the mountains, they spy a place that looks better than they could have hoped for. It’s a flat space on the very top of a beautiful mountain, just perfect for their landing strip, but the old man shaking his cane at them as they fly overhead just might pose a problem.

The two make another trip to Weeks Mountain to try to find the owner and work on the sale. Of course, it’s the cane-shaking old man who owns the place, but they all soon come to an agreement, and soon The Aerie is born. It starts out small – just a landing strip, a hangar for Pat to work on restoring old planes, and a house for the two of them to live happily on their mountain. But soon it turns into a development of sorts – eleven more lots will be sold, each to hold its own house and hangar. It will be a haven for pilots, and soon enough couples begin to buy the lots. From the overworked artist with a lonely wife, to the wealthy  couple with too much money and not enough manners, to a pushy real estate agent who just won’t retire, there is certainly a mix of personalities at The Aerie.

And naturally, those personalities don’t always mesh all that well. As the years pass by, you can expect everything from infidelity to murder to occur on the secluded mountaintop. And through it all, the elderly man who sold them the mountain keeps watch. The book spans around fifteen years, the original twelve couples and a few more characters who come and go as time passes by. In a way, it feels a bit like a soap opera with tons of character and plot twists, and none of the story twists (even the murder) get all that much coverage, which makes it hard to get actually involved with any of the characters. On top of that, it doesn’t run in strictly chronological order, slipping back and forth in time as it focuses on one character or another. There is so much to cover, that it all feels rather glossed over.

The Aerie is an interesting concept – a private air community set amongst the remote foothills of the High Sierras. By trying to cover more than a decade of living an close to two dozen characters, both plotlines and characters are not as developed as they should be, which makes it hard to get lost in their story.  Though it’s a good concept, it may have worked better as a series than trying to cram it all into one book.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)