The Long Flight Home

The Long Flight Home Inspired by fascinating, true, yet little known events during World War II, The Long Flight Home is a testament to the power of courage in our darkest hours a moving, masterfully written story of love and sacrifice.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 so than Duchess Hatched from an egg that Susan incubated in a bowl under her grandfather s desk lamp, Duchess 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, relaying messages between Susan and Ollie as war rages on and proving, at last, that hope is never truly lost. Download The Long Flight Home By Alan Hlad – rarefishingbooks.co.uk Thanks so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Alan Hlad for giving me the chance to read his wonderful book The Long Flight Home.Susan Shepherd lives with her grandfather Bertie near Epping Forest in England and the book begins a year after the start of WW II Susan was raised by her grandparents, her parents died when she was a little girl from the Spanish Flu and they live very close to London They live a quiet life, they breed and race homing pigeons Susan was studying zoology, but the Thanks so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Alan Hlad for giving me the chance to read his wonderful book The Long Flight Home.Susan Shepherd lives with her grandfather Bertie near Epping Forest in England and the book begins a year after the start of WW II Susan was raised by her grandparents, her parents died when she was a little girl from the Spanish Flu and they live very close to London They live a quiet life, they breed and race homing pigeons Susan was studying zoology, but the war starting halted her studies and she decides to help her aging grandfather care for his pigeons as he has very bad knees, he finds doing every day tasks a challenge and he s in a lot of pain.As the German s start bombing London Susan and her grandfather spend most night s in a shelter they built in the backyard In the morning they wake up to see fire
Epping, England, Sept 1940 Susan Shepherd postpones her zoology study at the University of London in lieu of aimportant endeavor raising war pigeons.Buxton, Maine, Sept 1940 Ollie Evans postpones his study in aeronautical engineering due to his father s accident on the potato farm Ollie has been fascinated with planes since early childhood His father taught him how to operate a crop duster biplane, at the age of 14, to spread fertilizer over potatoes But now, another accident lead Epping, England, Sept 1940 Susan Shepherd postpones her zoology study at the University of London in lieu of aimportant endeavor raising war pigeons.Buxton, Maine, Sept 1940 Ollie Evans postpones his study in aeronautical engineering due to his father s accident on the potato farm Ollie has been fascinated with planes since early childhood His father taught him how to operate a crop duster biplane, at the age of 14, to spread fertilizer over potatoes But now, another accident leads him to leaving the farm completely and this farther takes him to join the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom The work for RAF directs him to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a secret assignment What attracted me to this story was the little known event during WWII Homing pigeons played an import
I received a free copy of The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad in a Goodreads give away in exchange for an honest review Before reading The Long Flight Home, I must admit that I did not know a lot about how pigeons were used in World War II I found it fascinating how pigeons could be trained to carry messages during the war back and forth from England to France It was also surprising to find out how this story came to be The author, Alan Hlad, mentioned in his Author s Note that he had read abo I received a free copy of The Long Flight Home by Alan
Alan Hlad gives a descriptive and well researched narrative surrounding the use of homing pigeons during World War II War makes Susan and her Grandfather s simple farm life take a drastic turn, as well as Ollie an American from Maine The characters all experience hardship and loss You see how war brings out the best and the worst in people The story is nicely paced and I liked most of the characters I enjoyed the book and learned something new about WWII history Received my copy from Goodr Alan Hlad gives a descriptive and well researched narrative surrounding the use of homing pigeons during World War II War makes Susan and her Grandfather s simple farm life take a drastic turn, as well as Ollie an American from Maine The characters all experience hardship and loss You see how war brings out the best and the worst in people The story is nicely paced and I liked most of the characters I enjoyed the book and learned
NOVEL THOUGHTS thanks to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the giveaway in exchange for an honest review More andstories about the activities of the Allies of WWII keep coming to the surface Whether it was a hidden fact or just one that wasn t spoken of much in these current times, learning about the vast corps of homing pigeons that were in service out of England was quite interesting These birds were dropped into occupied territory with hopes of finding their way into the ha NOVEL THOUGHTS thanks to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the giveaway in exchange for an honest review More andstories about the activities of the Allies of WWII keep coming to the surface Whether it was a hidden fact or just one that wasn t spoken of much in these current times, learning about the vast corps of homing pigeons that were in service out of England was quite interesting These birds were dropped into occupied territory with hopes of finding their way into the hands of the Resistance as an unsuspecting way to learn about German military movements I appreciate the author s use of this event as the backdrop to his story about Susan and her grandfather Bertie s farm in Epping, England and what the real National Pigeon Service members did to help in defeating the Nazis Alan Hlad developed his premise after
Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I enjoy reading historical fiction about World War II, and I was initially intrigued by the premise of a book about the National Pigeon Service I really enjoyed reading those sections in fact, I wishedthan once that we could spendtime with the pigeons and learnabout their training and experiences, which were so muchcompelling than the rushed and predictable love s Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington for sending me a copy of this book in e
Alan Hlad has done a masterful job introducing the reader into a little known aspect of WWII the crucial role of the carrier pigeons and their devoted caretakers who never expected to be involved in such intricate tactics in a terrible war Hlad s
I really loved this book told with such heart and such respect for history I am a huge reader of WWII novels and this one stands out Such unforgettable characters I cried for each of them at least once. Amidst World War 11 in England at the time when homing pigeons were enlisted to carry messages over enemy lines Susan a pigeon trainer falls for Ollie a crop duster from Maine Lots of Suspense and Intrigue A Page Turner Thankyou Goodreads for this free book. I truly dislike giving books a bad review I respect people who write historical fiction and devote the time to the research and creative process However I found this book schmaltzy and predictable and I only kept reading it so I could finish and give an honest review I tend to read a lot of books about WWII so that time frame is what initially caught my attention and having never read about the use of pigeons in the war peaked my interest However, the love story falls flat, the flow of the s I truly dislike giving books a bad review I respect people who write historical fiction and devote the time to the research and creative process However I found this book schmaltzy and predictable and I only kept reading it so I could finish and give an honest review I tend to read a lot of books about WWII so that time frame is what initially caught my attention and having never read about the use of pigeons in the war peaked my interest However, the love story falls flat, the flow of the story is unreal and the characters are formulaic I found multiple areas of text where the editor failed to correct easily identifiable breaks in timing or revealing of details or even feats of human anatomy The predawn chirping of sparrows caused Susan to raise her head from her lap Her chest mayb
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Alan Hlad for giving me the chance to read his wonderful book The Long Flight Home.Susan Shepherd lives with her grandfather Bertie near Epping Forest in England and the book begins a year after the start of WW II Susan was raised by her grandparents, her parents died when she was a little girl from the Spanish Flu and they live very close to London They live a quiet life, they breed and race homing pigeons Susan was studying zoology, but the Thanks so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Alan Hlad for giving me the chance to read his wonderful book The Long Flight Home.Susan Shepherd lives with her grandfather Bertie near Epping Forest in England and the book begins a year after the start of WW II Susan was raised by her grandparents, her parents died when she was a little girl from the Spanish Flu and they live very close to London They live a quiet life, they breed and race homing pigeons Susan was studying zoology, but the war starting halted her studies and she decides to help her aging grandfather care for his pigeons as he has very bad knees, he finds doing every day tasks a challenge and he s in a lot of pain.As the German s start bombing London Susan and her grandfather spend most night s in a shelter they built in the backyard In the morning they wake up to see fire
Epping, England, Sept 1940 Susan Shepherd postpones her zoology study at the University of London in lieu of aimportant endeavor raising war pigeons.Buxton, Maine, Sept 1940 Ollie Evans postpones his study in aeronautical engineering due to his father s accident on the potato farm Ollie has been fascinated with planes since early childhood His father taught him how to operate a crop duster biplane, at the age of 14, to spread fertilizer over potatoes But now, another accident lead Epping, England, Sept 1940 Susan Shepherd postpones her zoology study at the University of London in lieu of aimportant endeavor raising war pigeons.Buxton, Maine, Sept 1940 Ollie Evans postpones his study in aeronautical engineering due to his father s accident on the potato farm Ollie has been fascinated with planes since early childhood His father taught him how to operate a crop duster biplane, at the age of 14, to spread fertilizer over potatoes But now, another accident leads him to leaving the farm completely and this farther takes him to join the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom The work for RAF directs him to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a secret assignment What attracted me to this story was the little known event during WWII Homing pigeons played an import
I received a free copy of The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad in a Goodreads give away in exchange for an honest review Before reading The Long Flight Home, I must admit that I did not know a lot about how pigeons were used in World War II I found it fascinating how pigeons could be trained to carry messages during the war back and forth from England to France It was also surprising to find out how this story came to be The author, Alan Hlad, mentioned in his Author s Note that he had read abo I received a free copy of The Long Flight Home by Alan
Alan Hlad gives a descriptive and well researched narrative surrounding the use of homing pigeons during World War II War makes Susan and her Grandfather s simple farm life take a drastic turn, as well as Ollie an American from Maine The characters all experience hardship and loss You see how war brings out the best and the worst in people The story is nicely paced and I liked most of the characters I enjoyed the book and learned something new about WWII history Received my copy from Goodr Alan Hlad gives a descriptive and well researched narrative surrounding the use of homing pigeons during World War II War makes Susan and her Grandfather s simple farm life take a drastic turn, as well as Ollie an American from Maine The characters all experience hardship and loss You see how war brings out the best and the worst in people The story is nicely paced and I liked most of the characters I enjoyed the book and learned
NOVEL THOUGHTS thanks to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the giveaway in exchange for an honest review More andstories about the activities of the Allies of WWII keep coming to the surface Whether it was a hidden fact or just one that wasn t spoken of much in these current times, learning about the vast corps of homing pigeons that were in service out of England was quite interesting These birds were dropped into occupied territory with hopes of finding their way into the ha NOVEL THOUGHTS thanks to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the giveaway in exchange for an honest review More andstories about the activities of the Allies of WWII keep coming to the surface Whether it was a hidden fact or just one that wasn t spoken of much in these current times, learning about the vast corps of homing pigeons that were in service out of England was quite interesting These birds were dropped into occupied territory with hopes of finding their way into the hands of the Resistance as an unsuspecting way to learn about German military movements I appreciate the author s use of this event as the backdrop to his story about Susan and her grandfather Bertie s farm in Epping, England and what the real National Pigeon Service members did to help in defeating the Nazis Alan Hlad developed his premise after
Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I enjoy reading historical fiction about World War II, and I was initially intrigued by the premise of a book about the National Pigeon Service I really enjoyed reading those sections in fact, I wishedthan once that we could spendtime with the pigeons and learnabout their training and experiences, which were so muchcompelling than the rushed and predictable love s Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington for sending me a copy of this book in e
Alan Hlad has done a masterful job introducing the reader into a little known aspect of WWII the crucial role of the carrier pigeons and their devoted caretakers who never expected to be involved in such intricate tactics in a terrible war Hlad s
I really loved this book told with such heart and such respect for history I am a huge reader of WWII novels and this one stands out Such unforgettable characters I cried for each of them at least once. Amidst World War 11 in England at the time when homing pigeons were enlisted to carry messages over enemy lines Susan a pigeon trainer falls for Ollie a crop duster from Maine Lots of Suspense and Intrigue A Page Turner Thankyou Goodreads for this free book. I truly dislike giving books a bad review I respect people who write historical fiction and devote the time to the research and creative process However I found this book schmaltzy and predictable and I only kept reading it so I could finish and give an honest review I tend to read a lot of books about WWII so that time frame is what initially caught my attention and having never read about the use of pigeons in the war peaked my interest However, the love story falls flat, the flow of the s I truly dislike giving books a bad review I respect people who write historical fiction and devote the time to the research and creative process However I found this book schmaltzy and predictable and I only kept reading it so I could finish and give an honest review I tend to read a lot of books about WWII so that time frame is what initially caught my attention and having never read about the use of pigeons in the war peaked my interest However, the love story falls flat, the flow of the story is unreal and the characters are formulaic I found multiple areas of text where the editor failed to correct easily identifiable breaks in timing or revealing of details or even feats of human anatomy The predawn chirping of sparrows caused Susan to raise her head from her lap Her chest mayb

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Long Flight Home
  • Alan Hlad
  • English
  • 21 October 2017
  • 1496721675