Book Review: The Colonel and the Bee – A Globe Trotting Adventure

Title: The Colonel and the Bee – A Globe Trotting Adventure
Author: Patrick Canning
Genre: Fiction, Literature, Adventure
Pages: 280
Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Rating: 4/5

The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning is an adventure spanning Europe. It has a mix of murder, excitement and treasure hunting. I honestly don’t remember the last time I read a book with such exquisite language delivery. It is not an easy job to address and to generate interest in readers with the vintage language used but the author was more than successful, I must say!

Ok, so without any further ado, let’s get to the review.


Beatrix is an acrobat associated with a travelling circus. When she finds a chance to escape the torturous hands of her master, she grabs it and embarks on an adventure with Colonel James Bacchus. The Colonel (in his extravagant hot air balloon) along with Bee (as he fondly calls Beatrix) and a few others travel together in search of a precious figurine and to solve a mystery that has rattled them all. Amidst discovering new places and making new friends, Bee is anxious about what the future awaits her.

What I Liked

I loved the book! It is a very adventurous tale set in the 19th century with its language to match eloquently. The narrative is humorous and witty that takes you on a journey across Europe.

There are characters like Colonel and Bee to watch out for. Also, I enjoyed Thelma’s character too. She is strong with a hint of motherly-ness. I did sense something romantic between Bee and the Colonel but the end result is different to what the readers may expect.

A special mention to the marvelous hot air balloon designed by the Colonel. I just wish it was actually real.

Overall, a fun story told in a fantastic method with antiquity-flowing language. It has been long since I read something like this. Truly enjoyable!

What I Did Not Like

I loved the use of the vintage language in the book. But as the case may be, this very quality requires for the author to be extravagant in explanations. Hence, it sometimes became too detailed especially when I was eager for the author to get straight to the point.

Other Details

The Colonel and the Bee instantly gave me similar vibes as that of Around the World in 80 Days. It is set in the 19th century and is of the typical steam punk genre. A fun narrative takes you back to the golden era.

Would I Recommend It?

Yes, undoubtedly. This is a tale about adventure and discovering new aspects about places, people and oneself. A fun and exciting read that is unstoppable once you start it.


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*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

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