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The Long Flight Home

The Long Flight Home

Escrito por Alan Hlad

Narrado por Simon Vance


The Long Flight Home

Escrito por Alan Hlad

Narrado por Simon Vance

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10 horas
Lançado em:
Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9781684417711
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It is September 1940 - a year into the war - and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan - loyal, intelligent, beautiful - but none more so than Duchess, who shares a special bond with Susan and an unusual curiosity about the human world.

Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, a young crop-duster pilot named Ollie Evans has decided to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to Epping and to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. Codenamed Source Columba, the mission aims to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do make the journey home to England can convey crucial information on German troop movements - and help reclaim the skies from the Luftwaffe.

The friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens as the mission date draws near. When Ollie's plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess's devotion and her singular sense of duty will become an unexpected lifeline.

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Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9781684417711
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Sobre o autor

Alan Hlad is a corporate executive turned writer. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Literary Cleveland, and the Akron Writers’ Group. Alan lives in Ohio with his wife and children. The Long Flight Home is his first novel. You can find him online at alanhlad.com, Facebook.com/AuthorAlanHlad and on Instagram @AlanHlad.

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  • (3/5)
    Interesting story of the use of carrier pigeons during WWII.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting. I learned plenty! I didn't know they were still using carrier pigeons in WWII! And... everything I thought "oh really?? come on that's just not realistic" was one of the factual parts of the story hahahahah

    Easy read - and Oliver from Maine had THE. WORST. LUCK. lol

  • (5/5)
    historical-novel, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, England, France, love, WW2, war-is-hell *****This is essentially a love story. Love for homeland and way of life, love for the pigeons that gave their lives in the war effort, love of family, love of men to fly airplanes, and the author's love of a historical footnote. It's also about man's inhumanity to man. But mostly about perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. It is an excellent read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books.
  • (5/5)
    Wow, this book is a true treasure. One that will have readers talking for years. In fact, I would actually put The Long Flight Home in the same category up there with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book is really that spectacular. I absolutely loved this book. Mr. Hlad is a prolific storyteller. The Long Flight Home is a five star recommended read!Bertie and Ollie were great characters. The book is told from their points of view. So their voices really stood out. Yet, they were so engaging and very likeable that it was easy to become very in tune to their stories. I have read some informati0n about birds being used during the war to help relay coded messages. So I was familiar with this concept but I had not read the story that inspired this book. The one where a man renovating a house finds the remains of a bird with a tiny container and a coded message inside the container. That bird was like Duchess, who was the featured bird in this story. She learned to fly back and forth bring messages from Bertie to Ollie and visa versa.
  • (5/5)
    Let me say right away that I unhesitatingly recommend The Long Flight Home. If you like a solid story with good, strong characters this book is for you. It’s beautifully written and will make you think and it will stay with you.I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it’s based on actual facts or events, and World War II is a favorite period to read about. But I somehow missed pigeons playing a part in the British resistance. The resourcefulness and innovation were amazing, and the stories of everyday people standing up and banding together to protect their country touch your heart.The Long Flight Home is a slow deliberate read, loaded with details, the words painting a very clear picture of the circumstances and the devastation, both Ollie’s and Susan’s surroundings and of them as people. You will want to savor every page. It’s full of vivid characters that are strong and courageous and weak and cowardly – in short, human. The setting and atmosphere are lush, taking you from “Oliver from Maine” to Susan and her grandfather Bertie in Epping to Madeleine and her truffle hog Louis in France to an escape to Spain, and back around again. They are all fighting to “. . . give us back our sky.” as a man in a shelter says.The Long Flight Home is a wonderful story. It’s about friendship and loss and love and sacrifice and doing what you must – as Bertie says, “Be an egg.” This means you can be soft with fear inside but hard as slate outside. Words to live by.Thanks to Kensington Publishing Between the Chapters Book Club for providing the beautiful advance copy of The Long Flight Home with accompanying historical material for my reading pleasure and honest opinion. This was a totally satisfying read and I recommend it without hesitation. I am looking forward to the next book by author Alan Hlad.
  • (4/5)
    Ollie, a crop duster from Maine, decides to join the Royal Air Force. His plans change when traded by an officer to a nearby Epping farm. Susan helps her grandfather raise pigeons used by the Royal Air Force. The two develop a friendship. When Susan's pet pigeon mistakenly gets loaded onto an RAF flight, Ollie attempts to rescue it but ends up a stowaway aboard a plane shot down in France. He uses the pigeon to send a coded message to Susan, beginning a series of messages between the two as he and the surviving RAF pilot attempt to get out of the country. It took me awhile to get into the story, but once I did, I truly enjoyed it. The book's inspiration came from real events although the story is the author's own. I received an advance review copy from the publisher through GoodReads. No review was required although an honest one was appreciated.
  • (5/5)
    Very entertaining, not all of the descriptions about the Homing Pigeons is accurate, but unless you were a Pigeon fancier you'd never know any difference!