This story revolves around MSK Air Service, a small airline
service that shuttles passengers and packages over the Alaskan bush areas. MSK's reputation has sorely damaged by owner, Mac
Stuart, whose unsavory operating practices border illegal. Despite Mac's seedy operating tactics the FAA has not been able
to prove any negligence thus far. However, Mac's seemingly unscrupulous conduct has brought MSK to its financial knees and
just may knock him out of the Alaskan sky.
Ironically, Mac receives a call from archrival, Evan Gibbons,
of North Air Charter offering him a charter flight from Grizzly Bear Tours to Nome Alaska. Mac knows that MSK's capital has
dwindled to the point that he can't make payroll. Additionally, the only aircraft open at MSK is currently in maintenance
getting and a past due overhaul. Mac uses all his conniving powers of persuasion to convince, threaten, and browbeat those
in his employ to get the aircraft soaring by twelve noon the following day.
MSK flight 76 departs Anchorage on a three-hour flight to
Nome at 1:30pm. Less than twenty-four hours after take off the Alaskan airways are buzzing with news of the downed and missing
charter, which carried forty souls, thirty six passengers and four crew members.
Reading Ms. Parke's Vacation turned survival, I felt as if
I were a passenger on that flight. This is a well-written tale, as well as an excellent read. Last Holiday, contains descriptive
background that familiarizes the reader with its characters personally. This novel speaks volumes about the many aspects of
human personalities in the face of danger, adversity, fear, despair, and even death.
The dramatic depiction of greed, deceit, struggle, and survival,
releases a plethora of emotions.
Reviewed by Juanita Reynolds