This four-part novel follows the life of a teenage boy over five years, taking him from Darwin, in Australia's tropical north, to California's wilderness. In qStreet Kid, q we meet 12-year-old Julian Moreland and his widowed father, Craig, a military helicopter pilot. Craig's decision to retire from the army and accept employment south in Melbourne as a civilian pilot turns to tragedy. Julian finds himself alone and homeless, until he saves the life of a baby girl and is taken in by her wealthy family. At age 17, and newly qualified as a helicopter pilot, Julian saves the lives of three more children, including two American boys lost in the mountains of southeastern Australia, in qHigh Country.q He also meets the love of his life, Alison, the missing boys' sister. Invited to visit Los Angeles by the parents of the rescued boys, Julian finds himself flying helicopter missions during a wildfire emergency in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, saving even more lives. Meanwhile, love continues to blossom between him and Alison, his American sweetheart, in qCalifornia Dreaming.q When Julian returns to Australia, his world begins to fall apart, as the traumas of his past catch up with him. It is only after a serious act of violence against a close friend, that Julian starts the long road back to controlling his life in qAftermath.qWhen the last of it had been dried and put away in the cupboard, we returned to the lounge. ... What I was about to see was silent footage he had shot on eight- millimetre colour film, as there were no video ... Arthur grabbed the remote control , pushed the a#39;Reverse Searcha#39; button, and asked if I was certain it was my dad.
|Title||:||Blades the Autobiography of a Rescue-Helicopter Pilot|
|Author||:||J. William Turner|
|Publisher||:||Strategic Book Publishing - 2009-10|