Wings Over Ghost Creek

Fiction - Adventure
211 Pages
Reviewed on 01/31/2020
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Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite

What was supposed to be a simple college archaeological dig at Ghost Creek turns out to be anything but. The site is located on private property in the Utah outback and guarded by three armed men. Their odd behavior excites the suspicion of one of the young student archaeologists, Suzy. She catches them lurking around the dig after hours and resolves to uncover the truth. Owen, a National Park employee, finds himself caught in the middle when he is sent to the Ghost Creek site and accidentally stumbles across a body and a ring of violent thieves who deal in black market artifacts. When they attempt to silence him by shooting his plane out of the sky, Owen makes a desperate landing and is rescued by a strange, desert-dwelling hermit. Pursued by cold-blooded killers who will do anything to keep their secret, Owen and his new friend must warn the students and help them escape before it’s too late.

Wings Over Ghost Creek by A.W. Baldwin is a beautifully written thriller set in the stunning Utah outback. Baldwin’s evocative descriptions bring the desert to life, a picture painted with words. The poetic prose brings out the history and atmosphere of that place. The characters and their reactions and emotions feel realistic, especially Owen. The plot itself is well-crafted with plenty of suspense and action to keep readers turning the pages until the very end. Wings Over Ghost Creek is sure to be a hit with lovers of ancient history and crime thrillers alike.

Jack Magnus

Wings Over Ghost Creek is an adventure thriller novel written by A.W. Baldwin. Owen felt particularly out of his depth and profoundly uninterested in the subject of the federal briefing he was attending which concerned the theft of Pueblo I, II and III artifacts in the rural Utah area where he worked with the National Park Service. His initial assignment had been in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he handed out maps and generally assisted tourists. As he half-listened to the speakers, he got the gist of the situation and noted the appearance of a mystery man, someone the authorities were considering might be of interest. He was thought to be a moonshiner who wore his hair in a ponytail, and there was a $10,000 bounty on him for his arrest.

In A.W. Baldwin’s archaeological adventure novel, two unlikely heroes team up in an effort to stop the theft of antiquities and to save the lives of the Wyandotte College students working a dig in the remote Ghost Creek area. Baldwin does a fantastic job at making the desert scenes feel real; his plot is lively and exciting, and his characters are credible and finely honed. I especially enjoyed the coming of age aspects of the story as Owen works to find purpose apart from the suggestions made by mentors and friends. The relationship the author builds between Owen and Relic is classic and unique, and merits quite possibly further adventures, at least, I hope so. Wings Over Ghost Creek is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Wings Over Ghost Creek is a work of adventurous fiction penned by author A. W. Baldwin. A quirky mix of adventure, mystery and the great outdoors, the plot centers around pilot Owen, who discovers a murder scene amongst the archaeological site of a university dig. Shortly after, Owen is shot from the sky whilst trying to raise the alarm, causing him to land in the wake of the unusual and reclusive Relic. As Relic too becomes embroiled in the sniper hunt for Owen’s head, so begins a mad chase to warn others of the murder, and solve the mystery of why it happened along the way.

Author A. W. Baldwin has created a short, sharp adventure that can be read and enjoyed in a single sitting, with plenty of japes and a pleasant mystery that’s not too complex, but satisfying all the same. The scenery of Utah and the Colorado River is well utilized to give a sense of scale and plenty of thrills during the chase across the canyon country, and I particularly liked the hermit character Relic. Relic’s antics brought another level of wit and humor to the piece throughout, giving the whole novel a zany feel comparable to popular movies like Rat Race. The writing was solid with funny, zippy dialogue that keeps the plot moving along. Overall, Wings Over Ghost Creek gives all the adventure it promises, and is a recommended quick read for fans of wacky, fun adventures, dastardly villains and totally mad chase scenes.