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

  • Title: The Long Flight Home
  • Author: Alan Hlad
  • ISBN: 1496721675
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 t 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 missi

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      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, Facebook AuthorAlanHlad and on Instagram AlanHlad.

    313 thoughts on “The Long Flight Home


    • 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.


    • NOVEL THOUGHTS thanks to and Kensington Books for the giveaway in exchange for an honest review More and stories 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 a [...]


    • 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 t [...]


    • Thank you to Giveaway for the opportunity to read this amazing Advance Readers Edition of The Long Flight Home If you are a fan of historical fiction, you will enjoy learning some fascinating history of Britain s role in WWII and the use of over 200,000 war pigeons including 16,000 that were parachuted into German occupied France The Long Flight Home is a love story of two people, Susan and Ollie, who were brought together by war and then driven apart by war This was a sad and diffi Thank you to [...]


    • Excellent story line with well researched historical information I fell in love with Duchess, the homing pigeon owned by one of the main characters.Only three stars for me because, while it was a page turner, the number of devastating plot turns for the main characters was almost over the top Also, I would have liked a little less description of the many fight scenes and deeper insight into each character s feelings Don t get me wrong, the characters are well developed in most cases The aut Exce [...]


    • Thank you to giveaways Through it I was able to find this amazing book I decided to mull over my thoughts before writing this review I didn t think conveying how touching this piece was through my sobs would come out well.I started this book as a skeptic, mainly because I m not one to pick up a book pertaining to war I was so wrong though Yes this book s plot surrounds the war but it s emotions lie with the characters that are thrown into horrid chaos You follow Susan and Ollie Thank you to give [...]


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