The Four Corners of the Sky: A Novel by Michael Malone
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication date: May 11, 2009
ISBN: 1570717443 (ISBN13: 9781570717444)
Book 51 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 3 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Michael Malone is an Emmy-award winning author from North Carolina, so I was excited to receive a copy of this book for review. This book has a great premise about a girl whose dad is con man. After living life on the run, Annie is dropped off at age seven to be raised by her aunt and her aunt's male best friend in Emerald, NC. But her dad has left an airplane in the barn for her, and when she is 26 he contacts her to say he's dying and he needs the plane. Annie, now a naval fighter pilot going through a divorce, just wants to know who her mother is.
The first half of the book moved really slowly for me, but the last half sped right by. Sure, the plot was implausible (Miami Vice, FBI, and the Cuban mob were all involved) and the coincidences were a little ridiculous at times. But as Annie traveled to St. Louis, Miami and Cuba, she puts the pieces of her life together and is able to better understand who she is and where she came from. She also learns that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes where you least expect it.
I did feel some parts had a little too much detail and there were a couple of anachronisms that I noticed. I also don't think that in real life, a naval officer would handle the situation how Annie did. But overall, this is fun read if you like action-thriller type books with some good character development thrown in. This book would definitely qualify for the Southern Reading Challenge too!
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