A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Summer 2018 - Best Adventure
The Amazing Beatrix, an acrobat in a 19th century circus, has no home or family to speak of—just an abusive ringleader she must suffer. When a harrowing escape from her tormentor crosses Beatrix's path with that of the daring adventurer Colonel James Bacchus, the unlikely pair team up. Flying to safety aboard the Colonel's miraculous four-story hot air balloon, they begin a grand quest to find the most precious gem in the world, The Blue Star Sphinx—but perils await. The Colonel and Beatrix must outmaneuver deadly treasure hunters, escaped convicts, and endless double-crosses, but if they succeed, they might discover the great treasure, or better yet, a true sense of belonging.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a fantastical globetrotting adventure, packed with witty banter, colorful characters, and exotic locations, which reads like Sherlock Holmes meets Around the World in 80 Days. [DRM-Free]
Gordon A. Long says, "What is this book like? Well, sort of like Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes teamed up with Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce in a 4-storey high hybrid hot air/helium-filled balloon chasing a pair of feuding underworld families across 19th Century Europe and beyond in search of a fabulous jewel. Lara Croft, steam-punk style. This is the sort of book that demands creativity, and Canning delivers. Every character is a Character, stretched past stereotype into archetype. Every setting is new and different and unreal to the finest detail."
Literature Approved review site says, "Described by the author as Around the World in 80 Days meets The Wizard of Oz, The Colonel and The Bee is a story, I would deem, worth being remembered as a classic. ... Their adventures are filled with mystery, riddles, humor, surprising twists, and a stupendous amount of quotes that put my Kindle highlighter to use! ...for my fellow coffee lovers, this quote: 'Why Bee! Tea is for the indecisive, hard pressed to take a position on which way to comb their hair in the morning. A more apathetic beverage is hard to come across. Coffee begs you to take it somewhere new. A welcome traveling partner, an astute mind sharpener, and a trustworthy enema you can set your watch to!'"
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About the Author
EDITOR: I caught the writing bug early on in elementary school after my teacher showed me how to make my own book. Excited by this idea, I ran home and made my first picture book on notebook paper and bound with yarn. I majored in creative writing at the University of Southern California, and entered the world of editing through educational publishing while working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I love getting lost in a great story, whether it be literary, science fiction, or coming-of-age. In critique groups and workshops, I've had the privilege of reading works-in-progress and being a part of a great story from its inception through revisions and beyond. If I can ever help an author along in their process, then I consider that a success for both of us.