#BookReview: Wild Horizon by Robert Appleton @bookroar_tweets

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a book by an author new to me, Robert Appleton >>>

60903005. sy475 About the Book:

When a series of late-winter storms hits the annual Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska, bush pilot Ben Helm gambles on a break in the weather to fly two dropped dogs and two race personnel to the checkpoint at Unalakleet. But the conditions worsen, and a catastrophic mid-flight accident forces Ben to ditch on the landfast ice somewhere in the Bering Sea.

Stranded, with no communications and only limited supplies, the three survivors, with their two canine companions, must try to ride out the storms and stay alive long enough for a rescue party to find them. Katja, a young, sick trainee vet from Norway, and Obie, an optimistic race judge, come to rely on Ben’s survival grit and knowhow. Despite a personal childhood tragedy, he’s never forgotten the vital lessons his mother taught him.

But the frozen wild is an unforgiving place. A series of fateful events, encounters and opportunities forces the survivors to repeatedly take all-or-nothing risks to reach civilization. A lost musher and her team provide much-needed dog power, but no bearings. Meanwhile, a lone hunter who comes to their aid might not be who he says he is. And with seemingly no end to the tundra, the wild horizon dares man and dog alike to dig deep in order to survive the trek of their lives.


My Review:


An entertaining read.

I haven’t read this author before, and I’m glad I gave this book a chance. It feels true to life and well researched, and I would say the writer knows his stuff. The story starts with bush pilot, Ben Helm, as he struggles to land in inclement weather. The Iditarod sledding race sets a great backdrop and parallel narrative to the adventures that unfold.

“An old Cessna 180 Skywagon tottered into its descent toward Takotna’s frozen landing strip.” … from this opening line, the reader is taken on a few wild rides throughout the Alaskan landscape and the brutalities that both nature and man can throw at you.

Apart from numerous typos that detract from the read somewhat, I enjoyed this book a lot. I bonded with the characters and the world building and even fell in love with the dogs. Some areas could do with a stripping down of too much information, such as “He took a swig of his 7UP then fired up his refitted six-cylinder 230 hp, Continental 0-470 engine.” … This level of detail takes away the otherwise well-drawn tension.

Some wonderful humour threads throughout the tension and suspense and adds greatly to the rapport between the characters. I’ll definitely be checking out other novellas by this writer, and Wild Horizon gets a solid 3.5 stars from me, rounded up to four for rating purposes. If you enjoy action/adventure, then you want to take a look at Robert Appleton books.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.


4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


24 Comments on “#BookReview: Wild Horizon by Robert Appleton @bookroar_tweets

  1. Hi Harmony, this is an interesting storyline. A pity about the typos.

  2. It would take an iron will to do that race! This sounds interesting, thanks.

  3. Thanks for introducing me to a new author, Harmony. I love the premise of the book. Anything about surviving in the wilderness appeals to me. Thanks for the review!

  4. This sounds like the perfect book to read while the summer temps are soaring over 100! Thanks for sharing, Harmony!

  5. I grew up in Alaska, and all these things (the dangers, basically) sound familiar to me. I think I’d enjoy this book, though I’d be worried the whole time reading it!

  6. I love stories (well, well written ones) set in Alaska. I’ve always wanted to go there and love to experience it through someone else’s perspective. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • You’d enjoy this read, then! It certainly gives a feel of the raw roughness of the Alaskan wilds. Thanks, Staci 💕🙂

    • Action/adventure is different to my usual reads, and I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks, Craig 💕🙂

  7. This reminds me of a true story I read a few years ago for Readers’ Favorite, Alaska sure isn’t the place to be stranded! Pity about the typos. I don’t understand why authors offer their books for review on NetGalley before they’re properly edited.

    • This one is a published book, not an ARC from NetGalley. Funnily enough, I read a news story last week about a sled dog who has been found three months after going missing during this very race. It sure isn’t a place to get stranded! Thanks, Sarah 💕🙂