Hatteras Island

Keeper of the Outer Banks

Non-Fiction - Historical
256 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2011
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Author Biography

RAY McALLISTER is the author of the new "THE FORUM FILES: The Stories Behind The Richmond Forum," as well as four award-winning books on the North Carolina coast -- "HATTERAS ISLAND: Keeper of the Outer Banks"; "OCRACOKE: The Pearl of the Outer Banks"; "WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH: The Luminous Island," and "TOPSAIL ISLAND: Mayberry by the Sea" -- plus an earlier collection of his newspaper columns, "REFLECTIONS: Objects in Mirror Appear Backwards, But Maybe It's Me."

Formerly an award-winning columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, then editor of Boomer magazine, Ray lives with his wife, Vicki, in Richmond, Va., and Surf City, N.C.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carly Kendall for Readers' Favorite

I may not have been born and raised in North Carolina; but I have lived in this state for almost four years, and I love everything about it. In Hatteras Island, Keeper of the Outer Banks, Ray McAllister gives the reader an interesting and thorough tour and history of Hatteras Island and some of its neighboring communities.

I've not yet had a chance to visit Hatteras Island, but after reading this book, I want to go now more than ever. I had no idea what an interesting place this was and what a fascinating history it has! I love a well-researched book, and Ray has done a terrific job with his research. He has a love for this place, and each page shows his love. Sometimes books that go into a lot of historical detail about a location can be a bit dry, but I did not find that to be the case with this book. With each page came more nuggets of interesting history and facts about a place that is about so much more than a lighthouse.

Not only is this an interesting and well-written book, it is also a beautiful book inside and out. There are pictures, many of them older pictures, of Hatteras Island that enhanced the reading experience. This book is printed on really nice paper, a huge bonus for a reader like me. Everything about this book was a delight; I'm a Ray McAllister fan now.