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Review: Sky Rivals by Adam L Penenberg

Title: Sky Rivals – Two Men, Two Planes. An Epic Race Around the World

Author: Adam L PenenbergSky Rivals

Publisher: Wayzgoose Press

Pages: 156

Date of Publication: July 1st, 2016

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Get ready to loop the loop and fly sky high in this enthralling story of the race to be the first pilot to circumnavigate the world. Events are related in an easy to get lost in manner, making this a real page turner, packed with information about the people and events. The two main stars of this historic race are Wiley Post and Jimmy Mattern, both of whom are very colourful characters in their own rights and they are brought back to life in the pages of this book.

This is not a dry, fact filled book, it is one which shares the background information in an engaging manner, keeping the reader wanting to learn more about what happens next. The author’s interest and intrigue is apparent throughout the book and his writing style encourages readers to share his love for the characters and events involved in these historic events. I don’t often read non-fiction novels like this but this is certainly one I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

I was gifted a copy of this book by Wayzgoose Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


During the Golden Age of Aviation of the 1920s and 1930s, two great pilots stood above the rest: one-eyed Oklahoma farm boy Wiley Post, shy and awkward on the ground but a daredevil in the sky; and Jimmie Mattern, a handsome, charismatic Hollywood stunt pilot from Texas. The whole world followed their exploits through screaming newspaper headlines as they flew in planes made of little more than wood, canvas, and bailing wire, competing to be the first solo flier to circumnavigate the earth.

Only one would succeed, though the other would become more famous than he could have ever imagined. And both would change the face of aviation forever.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble


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