Review: Ely Air Lines Vol 1 by Mike Ely and Linda Street-Ely

Select Stories from 10 Years
of a Weekly Column,
Volumes 1 & 2
Genre: Nonfiction
Categories: Short Stories / Aviation / Adventure 
Date of Publication: January 29, 2020 
Number of Pages: Volume 1: 350 pages; Volume 2: 330 pages  
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Buckle up and fly with Mike and Linda Street-Ely to discover amazing people, interesting places, and the conquest of flight. Since 2007, readers have enjoyed engaging articles weekly in the newspaper column, “Ely Air Lines.” Now you can step aboard to enjoy a collection of stories that explore the vast realm of the flyer’s world.

Communities are the lifeblood of the United States.  Advocacy for communities is essential to keeping America working and keeping America thriving.  Ely Air Lines (a collection of short stories and real-life encounters) is a magnificent work that exemplifies the American Spirit of community.  This project sprang from the authors’ love of community and sharing their experiences in the skies with others! 

Though this book does not have thematic characters to follow, readers will quickly pick up on the things that make the general aviation community special.  Authors Mike and Linda have compiled over 10 years of aviation columns from the Liberty Gazette out of Liberty County, Texas into a wonderful two-volume work that explores the relationships and communities built by aviation across the world.  Readers will find inspiring stories about young pilots, tear-jerking stories about war-time, and intriguing stories about the past.  Each story is presented with a storyteller’s voice that makes the narrative even more interesting! 

This book isn’t just for the aviator at heart, this is for anyone who is interested in the skies!  The stories are broken up as vignettes and organized into larger categories which help the reader to understand the theme of each chapter.  A particular favorite of mine is “The Real Rosie the Riveter”, which tells the story of a young woman, the real Rosie the Riveter, who worked during WWII as a WASP (Womens Airforce Service Pilot).  This story has a special place in my heart because the WASP service is something I have always admired!  The National WASP museum in Sweetwater, Texas if you passing through!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys storytelling and aviation!  You don’t necessarily need to understand aircraft lingo to love this book!  Each chapter takes the reader on adventures both far flung and near to home!  This volume is about 300 pages and would be a perfect read for a rainy day or on a flight! 

Thank you so much to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the authors for the opportunity to read and review this book!  Pick up a copy today and start your high flying journey! 

Mike Ely has logged thousands of hours over more than forty years as a professional pilot. He holds an airline transport pilot certificate with multiple type ratings and a flight instructor certificate. Mike has taught people to fly in small single engine airplanes, gliders, turboprops, and corporate jets. As a freight pilot and an international corporate pilot, he has flown through all kinds of weather, to many places, both exotic and boring. His love for writing was instilled by his father at an early age. Linda Street-Ely is an award-winning, multi-genre author and playwright. She also holds an airline transport pilot certificate, a commercial seaplane certificate and a tailwheel endorsement. She has air raced all over the U.S., including four times in the historic all-women’s transcontinental Air Race Classic. Besides flying, Linda has a keen appreciation for great storytelling. She loves to travel the world, meet people, and learn about other cultures because she believes great stories are everywhere. Together, Linda and Mike are “Team Ely,” five-time National Champions of the Sport Air Racing League, racing their Grumman Cheetah, named the “Elyminator,” and dubbed “The Fastest Cheetah in the Known Universe.” They live in Liberty, Texas.
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