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Summary

Terror at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

Hot Air, a thriller filled with passion, romance, survival and courage. Sean Sandoval, half Navajo, half Irish, has bravery in his blood and passion in his heart. From boyhood to one of the Air Force's elite pararescuemen, his path in life is always connected to air.

As a hot air balloon pilot Sean communes with that air. As a pararescuer, he flies into danger to saves lives.

An enemy combatant from the mountains of Afghanistan, presumed killed, arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is bent on such revenge that he puts thousands of people at the annual International Balloon Fiesta in lethal danger.

Will Sean be able to stop the extremist in time, or will the murderer accomplish his mission first?

©2015 Denise Kahn (P)2017 Denise Kahn

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We are at the pleasure of the winds

I confess, it was the beauty of the cover and a personal love of watching hot air balloons which led me to request a complimentary copy of Hot Air from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. And my thanks for this generous gift. This review is entirely my own.

The story surprised me. I had expected, from the blurb, a fast paced action thriller and, yes, there is that within the book but it is far more. It is the life story of Sean, son of a Navajo father and Irish mother, and of those closest to him. Briefly prefaced by Sean's present feeling of something wrong, it then moves into the past, tracing lives through Sean's growing and adult years before returning, finally, to the beginning.
The writing is simple, almost innocent, and in short chapters, each ended and prefaced by a snippet of music. The author, Denise Kahn, herself reads the book. Her voice is warm and full, slowly and clearly paced to perfectly fit the text, and her interpretation of all of the protagonists' conversations is very well done, both male and female, distinctive and with appropriate accents. The story is enchanting and the whole is beautiful, a pleasure to hear.

I loved this unexpected story with it's tapestry of family, friendship, love, war and vengeance. It is thought provoking and very visual with the gentlest of background hints of there being something more than simple living to life, a soft guiding hand for those who can listen and hopes for peace for all. Thought provoking, It would make a stunning film in the hands of a sympathetic director. A definite recommendation for anyone who likes to get to know the protagonists as well as enjoying realistic action.

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  • Zoe
  • 09-05-17

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There is passion, action, terror and others in between. Sean is quite the character being half Navajo and half Irish. He has a career that is thrilling and dangerous. I enjoyed the military romance with the danger that add to the excitement.

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  • carvanz
  • 02-08-18

Very enjoyable and interesting!

Audio-book: Narrator – Denise Kahn

Very clear and precise with the ability to switch from male to female characters, each one unique. Some of the foreign accents were a bit harder to understand but when I slowed the speed down it helped me to understand what was being said. This also has a bit of music between chapters that was very nice and something I’ve noticed in other audios written and narrated by Ms. Kahn. A very enjoyable listen.


Sean has had the longing to be in the air and all things related to it, in his blood since he was a child. As an adult he becomes a Para rescuer and is sent to serve in Afghanistan. During his time there friendships grow but enemies are born.

This is a relatively quick read that encompasses a lot of history of Albuquerque as well as hot air ballooning which I surprisingly found pretty interesting. Within the story are other stories that give the background of different characters. I especially enjoyed the history of Sean’s mother and wouldn’t have minded a full story based on her and her experiences alone.

This has a touch of romance as well as thrills and drama throughout, culminating in a huge showdown during a balloon festival. The little twist at the end was quite unexpected and I loved how it brought the story all the way around full circle. Overall, this was very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a special interest in New Mexico, the Navajo Indians, or ballooning.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sairaika
  • 13-12-17

An incredible read!

Terror at the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta...
Will Sean be able to stop the extremist in time, or will the murderer accomplish his mission first?

Whoa. Just whoa. This read absolutely blew my mind! Such a thrilling, dangerous read that keeps you on your toes.

Full of danger, passion, romance, survival and courage.

Perfect for readers of thriller novels.

Absolutely loved the narration - absolutely perfect for this book! So good.

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  • Gloria Fridley
  • 30-07-17

Good strong storyline

What made the experience of listening to Hot Air the most enjoyable?

I felt like I knew the characters. Very believable and endearing. Great job by the author

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  • Christy D
  • 13-06-17

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The story is based around Sean (a half Native American half Irish) and his family. But yet it's so much more. You get glimpses in so may others lives that come in contact with Sean and at the end you don't feel as if you have missed any part of their stories. I love how the families on the reservation pull together when needed and learn to better themselves. I also love the eagle!

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  • Joyce K. Retherford
  • 27-05-17

Gripping Drama High in the Sky

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book offers the listener everything a person could want in a great book: Suspense, humor, romance and mystery.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was constantly trying to figure out what was going to happen next. The story was so well written and narrated by the author herself. I became enthralled and determined to listen every moment possible. This is a nice long and totally involving story that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed it when Sean met his lovely Angela and treated her with respect and kindness. It's nice to know there are still some gentlemen around these days.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was extremely nervous at the end of the story when the final moments were coming together. I had no idea what the outcome would be and I was unable to stop listening until the end.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book in exchange for a review by the author Denise Kahn and I am eagerly ready to move on to her next book !! Loved this story !!

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  • jey cee
  • 15-05-17

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The story is a family; Native American father the mother is from Ireland and a son named Sean, whose journey through his life begins at age nine. Sean sees, for the first time, a hot air ballon that has drifted and lands on Sean’s family’s land in New Mexico.

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  • MELODY
  • 12-06-18

Glad I listened

The story took a little long to develop, but I appreciated the background it provided for the story line. Being a native New Mexican, I loved the references and history. I loved the characters and their loyalty to one another. The action and mystery kept me listening and trying to figure out what would happen next.
I was provided this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Christian
  • 03-06-18

So much more than hot air... :-)

I really like the way Denise Kahn both makes and narrates her (audio)books. There is always music with her books and her characters come alive just because of how she narrates the story.

I liked "Hot Air" - the story was fun to listen to and I especially liked the background provided about the history of balloon riding. Recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 22-05-18

more then 5 stars much more!

the book was A M A Z I N G ! WOW ! i loved it so much Im so happy that i lisend to it . it was so great.
I will not tell anything abput the bok just go listen !