This book starts off very intense and ends the same way. It seemed to drag a bit in the middle though which is the only reason it did not rate 5 stars. The plot line would make an awesome movie. Would buy more from this author in the future.
From the moment I started reading this book I could not put it down. The story is very touching and can hit close to home for anyone. From the moment you start this book you will not want to put it down. It was a quick read but a very enjoyable read. I suggest this book to anybody with a heart.
The basic story history was laid down first, so the reader meets the characters, becomes comfortable in their home in paradise, and is lulled into a laid back Key West style frame of mind. Then, with a loud blast, the action begins. We have developed an attachment to characters, and suddenly, they are gone. The story unfolds, and we learn more facets about the 50 year stand-off between the US and Cuba. But this isn’t a political book. It is a story at the personal level of people who have been separated by those 90 miles, or have lost families, sometimes forever, and the people who risk everything to help.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Things got off to a very slow start as the foundation was laid, and I found some of the things revealed at the very end were implausible, and not in keeping with how the story had developed to that point. I did like the surprise twist at the end, but it is some of the details after that where things didn’t quite mesh.
One minor correction – one would build a raft and an oar, not an ore.
A gentle book about quiet heroism. Collin has an ideal family life, the perfect parents, an adoring brother and a loving fiancée. But one day everything goes wrong and his parents are killed in a violent and unexplainable way. Everyone thinks Collin makes his money from taking tourists fishing off the coast of Florida. But he doesn’t. His brother thinks he has given up on him after their parents are killed. But he hasn’t. We follow a man trying to escape the poverty of Cuba and are lead to believe he died. But he didn’t.
This book weaves these threads together and just when you think it’s all ended in tragedy – it – that would be telling.
25 Mar 2012
Oh my goodness, what can I say about this book. This book is amazing. It completely surprised me in so many ways. I do not want to spoil it for those of you who are interested in reading this book but I will just say that this book is not what it seems.
A very emotional story that kept me on the edge of my seat and the characters are so full of life, it just made the story so much more enjoyable….
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90 Miles to Freedom
Amazon Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 90 miles an hour more like!!!
By Jonathan Evans
September 29, 2011
As narrator for KC Hilton’s The Magic of Finkleton she asked me to read and review this book 90 MIles to Freedom. After procrastinating for some time, I thought I would pick it up and browse the first few pages. I am not naturally a book reader as I lose concentration or simply get bored. Well! I can tell YOU, sit down, strap up, hankies out and let the roller coaster begin. This writer can get into the depths of your very being with emotionianlism, intelligence and issues I had never even contemplated.. I could NOT literally put it down waiting for the next expressive shock. When a read takes me to the edge of my seat is faced with a tragic and sad obvious shocking revelation and is given to you with a sucker punch and the OH NO! It cant happen and it does tears rolled down my eyes in places I did not expect. Powerful, enduring and spirited! I learnt what courage is in a place a long way away! Thank you KC Hilton in allowing me to read books again and to have faith in the courage and serenity of the human race. And that there is hope! More please!
Book Review by Billy Burgess
Living just outside of Key West Florida, twenty-four-year-old Collin was enjoying his life by taking tourist fishing on his large boat. He was engaged to the lovely young lady named Morgan. His parents, George and Betty, supported his decision not to go to college, and allowed him to dock his boat almost literally in their backyard. His younger brother, Joey, was going to graduate high school and then go on to college. Despite all future plans, fate steps in and wrecks havoc onto Collin’s world. After a freak accident on Joey’s graduation day, George and Betty are killed. Collin and Joey’s world is turned upside down. Collin goes into a deep depression and pushes Morgan away from him. Joey delays going to college and becomes the adult of the household, as Collin begins drinking his problems away.
When Joey is out of the house, Collin sneaks out to his boat to earn money, but he isn’t taking tourist fishing – he never was. He has been keeping a dark secret, one that started before his parent’s death.
90 Miles to Freedom is an emotional journey about a young man who must confront his own actions and explore what is really important to him. The narration switches back and forth throughout the novel, from Collin’s point-of-view to the point-of-view of a doctor trying to escape the horrors of Cuba and his long journey to America. One simple act of humanity can cause a change reaction in many peoples’ lives. I enjoyed reading 90 Miles to Freedom, which is more sentimental and realistic than most of the mainstream novels on the market. I recommend the book to all readers!
RJ Does Books 9-20-11
Rating: 4.7/5 (rounded to 5)
A great thought-provoking novel, K.C. Hilton’s “90 Miles to Freedom” will take you on an emotional journey and bring out many emotions from beginning to end! There were many parts in this novel that I felt were genuine. The parents, or George and Betty, were such pleasant characters and really gave off that “loving couple” vibe. This novel was a very fast read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! :]
I bought 90 Miles To Freedom because K.C. Hilton, the author, is a Twitter friend. I had no expectations or preconceived notions about the book. Had I had any expectations they would have been exceeded. KC weaves the fabric of 90 Miles To Freedom from
surprises, twists, and action. Her well crafted story is not only entertaining it is educational; a rare combination to discover these days. I’m not prone to give away the story in a review and I’ll not make an exception today. I’ll simply say that if you are looking for a great read, you don’t need to look any further – and I’ll add, as soon as I post this review I’ll begin reading The Magic of Finkleton, also by… you guessed it, K.C. Hilton.
that is promised on the back cover! Giggles, tears and goosebumps!George and Betty are a happily married couple. A beautiful home. With 2 wonderful children.Collin is a sea loving, happy young man, engaged to Morgan.With a great life ahead of him.Joey is a bright young man, just graduated from high school, with a thirst for knowledge of the ocean.But things aren’t always what they seem. Someone has a secret. And life can change in an instant!
“Collin had the perfect life. He had a loving family and everything money could buy. A life envied by all. But Collin wasn’t perfect. He had a secret, one that came with a price. A secret that could destroy his life and everyone in it.”
So begins K. C. Hilton’s remarkable novel. Not that it starts off with a bang,
because it doesn’t; it starts off as a very likable family story about two
loving parents and their two sons. Then, all of a sudden — Blam! — it hits
like a thunderbolt, and I was in for the ride. Whew! What’s going on? What
happened? There was nothing that was going to tear me away from this book until
I found out. And I did, and so will you.
K. C. Hilton is a very skillful story teller and, in my opinion at least, it takes one to tell this kind of story, a story that could have been maudlin in less capable hands, but never
does in hers. Interestingly, the significance of book’s title “90 Miles to Freedom” may not hit you at first, as it didn’t hit me. Then it appears and Collin’s secret and its significance begins to dawn and build to a dramatic, gut-wrenching climax. Then K. C. Hilton delivers her surprise, about which I’ll say nothing. You have to get there and read the book to catch its impact. I was awe-struck, and still am. Another one of the best reads I’ve had in a year filled with great reads.
When is your next book out, K. C.?
The description pulled at me until I purchased this book and I’m glad I did. It’s a great story. I don’t write reviews often, but I had to with this book.
First off, over the years I’ve heard many people say this-and-that about Florida being over-run with Cubans. To ALL those people that have said anything similar – YOU NEED to read this book! If you know someone who is slightly prejudice towards Cubans or any race for that matter – BUY them this book! It’s a lesson to learn.
This story doesn’t revolve around Cuba entirely, but it’s a story within a story and
it’s a good one. To walk in another person’s shoes… You get the picture.
The main story revolves around Collin and his family. Collin helps people, but what he’s doing is illegal in the United States and he keeps it a secret from everyone, including his family. But even a good-deed secret can become dangerous.
For me it was a quick read and not overly descriptive. Straight to the point. Sometimes less is more. I could easily see this being a movie full of susepense. I’ve read books of similar length, which were made into movies.
Also, I only gave this book a 4 star rating because I beleive books can be written without curse words. If memory serves me correctly; I counted 5 of them. No big deal I suppose to most people. It’s just my opinion.
The Scott’s were a close family and funny. Collin’s parents, George and Betty, were my favorite and they were what made parts of the story fun. My feelings were tossed back and forth throughout the book. One minute I was laughing, the next I was upset. At one
point I was even angry! One secret can tear a family apart. The same secret can make you a better person. I enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t put it down. It caught me off gaurd.
How many families are without drama? How many have secrets? Collin’s secret was a surprise. I’ve never read anything about human trafficking before, it was unexpected and very good. Although Collin was on the good side and doing a good thing, the opposing side didn’t like it too much. And this ‘My Friend’ creates a conflict and puts his family and life in danger. I liked the plot and the twist. It kept me guessing until the very end.
Check this book out. It’s a great read. Just as the description states, it’s an emotional roller coaster. This is a very well written book that pulls you in from the start and is full of
twists that keep you guessing. It’s hard to put down because you can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s a normal happy family one day, then everything quickly turns upside down. It kept me thinking the entire time and the events have Joey and Collin struggling. I won’t go in to detail to spoil anything. You will have to get the book and read for yourself. GREAT BOOK A+++++
I loved the family dynamic. And the twists and turns that this books takes. I experienced several different emotions reading this book. I would have given it a 5 star but I was a little put-out because of MORGAN! I’m a romantic at heart and I wanted MORE of Morgan and Collin. I want to know what happened after the phone call! I know it was
meant to leave the reader to draw their own conclusions… But darn! It really
grabbed my heart.
The actual subject of this book appears to be being kept under wraps, so I am not going to spoil that.
So instead I will say that the writing is both sharp and smooth and the topic is a really important one, taken from an unusual angle.
We all make mistakes, but some mistakes kill.
Occasionally we get the chance to be heroes, and we may end up killing someone that way too as collateral damage.
Does it matter if we kill by mistake or for the greater good?
This book may help you make up your mind.
And even if it
doesn’t, you will probably have enjoyed every word anyway.