Two young pilots. One bold dream.
But if Alaska doesn’t beat them, their friendship may.
Author and Airline Captain Eric Auxier brings his former Alaska bush pilot experience to life in his second novel,
The Last Bush Pilots.
“You won’t want to put it down while the midnight sun still shines!”
“Top 100—Mainstream Fiction”
—Amazon.com 2013 Breakthrough Novel Awards
Southeast Alaska Seaplanes, Juneau. Retired airline captain Dusty Tucker pilots a renegade band of flying misfits. Meet legendary bush pilot Jake “Crash” Whitakker, equally adept at landing airplanes and ladies—and “crashin’ ‘em,” as well; prankster pilot Ralph Olaphsen, who once set an extinct volcano ablaze on April Fool’s day; and no-nonsense Check Airman Holly Innes, trying to cut a respectable niche in the notoriously macho bush pilot world—while escaping a dangerous past.
Amid Alaska’s volatile skies, DC and Allen face escalating challenges in and out of the cockpit. As they learn the ropes, the two cheechackos—or greenhorns—are roped into Crash and Ralph’s harebrained scheme, Operation Dirty Harry. Under the suspicious nose of Draconian FAA Inspector Frederick Bruner, the pilots hatch a plot to hijack and rescue a planeload of orphaned bear cubs. Meanwhile, mischievous Tlingit Indian beauty Tony Hunter, as wild and unpredictable as the land in which she lives, plays the two lovestruck cheechackos against each other.
But the real villain of the story is Mother Nature herself. Alaska’s notoriously fickle weather and ruggen terrain take on a life of its own. Can the two cheechackose survive Her relentless onslaught and launch their fledgeling airline careers?
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT
THE LAST BUSH PILOTS
“Eric Auxier is the next Tom Clancy of Aviation.”—Tawni Waters, author, Gold Dust, Top Travel Writers 2010.
“With over 12,000 hours of arctic Alaskan bush flying, reading The Last Bush Pilots was like a glance in a mirror. Nice work, Eric.”—CloudDancer, author, CloudDancer’s Alaskan Chronicles
“A page-turning adventure novel, The Last Bush Pilots offers brutal insight into the lengths a ‘cheechacko’ (rookie) will go to cut his teeth and become a ‘sourdough‘ (experienced pilot.) The age-old expression, ‘There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots’ is recalled through falling skies, lethal box canyons, and the dreaded ‘cumulo-granite‘.”—Mark Berry, author, 13,670 feet.”
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This book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Wilson
Steven Ray Wilson 1965-2007
Dedicated to the memory of my good friend Steve Wilson, career Alaska bush pilot. Steve, you taught me so much about the Alaska bush, and about the simple joys in life. You will be sorely missed.