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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
David Hann has penned twenty-eight stories of multiple genres in his book Bluebirds to Tikal: Stories of Fun, Fear, & Folly. The author takes his readers on a journey through foreign locations and explains certain aspects of foreign cultures, provides glimpses of military life, and gives a view of an experience riding on the rails on boxcars. The narratives fall into five groups, and the author provides an overview of each tale of the subtitled “fun, fear, and folly” in the introduction.
From traveling to history, hilarious chronicles, and a touch of horror, David Hann reveals his knack for immersive storytelling. Readers will discover nuggets of history and lessons in culture as they read these tales, and most of them are either the author’s adventures or experiences related to him by a close source. The narration is conversational and easy to follow and the author easily explains things that may not be apparent to all readers. Told in bite-sized chunks, readers will enjoy each story individually or appreciate the book as a whole. Particularly, history buffs will like Hann’s descriptions of boxcar riding, the hazards of coal mining, the potential of contracting Black Lung, and his perspective on the military. The reader will develop a personal view of the author as he shares his stories and they become invested in every account. Bluebirds to Tikal is a great selection for readers who enjoy varied short stories and want to feel nostalgic or learn more about the recent past as they’re being entertained.