Oliver Wheelock has a new job. He’s loading mailbags, feeding homing pigeons, and doing whatever it takes to get Pan American Airways off the ground. It’s hard work, but it’s better than working at the hardware store--and maybe it’s his ticket to a life of adventure. When Pan Am’s owner recruits Charles Lindbergh, it seems like a dream come true for Oliver. He finds himself working alongside one of his idols, the kind of man he always dreamed of being. But Oliver soon learns Lindbergh is uncomfortable with fame, and struggling with the adoration that greets him wherever he goes. A promotional trip takes the Pan Am team to Mexico over Mayan ruins. At the fabled site of Chichen Itza, Oliver encounters Carnegie Institution archaeologists working to restore the ancient city, and meets an artist who begins to steal his heart. But what starts out as a mission to bring attention to the fledgling aviation company soon turns perilous, threatening the safety of Oliver and his companions.
Michael Scott Bertrand has been a lawyer, a politico, and even a high-ranking government official. But one day he happened upon a book of paintings by Frederick Catherwood, an artist who explored ancient Mayan ruins in the jungles of Central America and Mexico in the 1840s. Bertrand's life would never be the same. He threw off his coat and tie, made an expedition to the Yucatan, and began crafting his three-part adventure epic.
Bertrand hails from Vermont. He now resides in South Florida.
High Flying Fun!
Adventure coupled with intrigue, a little mystery set in a historical backdrop, a dash of romance and one shocker all mix together to make Flying Conquistadors a great read. There’s a little something for everyone. It starts off a bit slow but quickly becomes a page turner. The writing is rich in description, bringing the world of the Yucatán to life. The characters are well developed and multi-faceted. Bertrand, while at times is very accurate in his historical account of the time period, takes some serious liberties at other times. His rewrite of history makes for a very fun time. But isn’t that what fiction is all about?