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: 227
  • 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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp More Details ISBN 1496721675 ISBN13 9781496721679 Edition Language English Series John Scognamiglio 1 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad Author Release date Jun 25, 2019 ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE LONG FLIGHT HOME BY ALAN HLAD It is September 1940 a year into the war and as German bombs fall on Britain, ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE LONG FLIGHT HOME BY ALAN HLAD It is September 1940 a year into the war and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with her grandfather Bertie All her birds are extraordinary to Susan 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 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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were dropped into occupied territory with hopes of finding their way into the ha 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 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 reading about a pigeon whose remains were discovered in a chimney in Surrey England whose leg had a little canister attached The message inside has yet to be uncoded He also timed the start of the book with the jarring bombings of the London Blitz during the fall of the 1940 to May 1941 In his afterward, he explains how he wanted to include some of the real events that occurred during that bombing, buildings that were destroyed and how lives of the Londoners were also lost His character Ollie from Buxton, Maine, comes to Europe before the United States enters WWII and the author tells us that there were than 200 volunteers from the states who came to the aid of England, many of whom helped the RAF fly against the Luftwaffe Susan and Ollie meet by accident on a train in London when Ollie defends Susan against the unwanted attentions by Flight Lt Boar the name is so apropos Boar brings Ollie up on charges for hitting an officer but some intervention of Susan s grandfather Bertie and his connections with some of the top brass, Ollie is sent to work on Susan s farm helping care for the pigeons which will be put into service for the military This doesn t sit well with Boar who throughout the book is a burr in Ollie s side Susan has been raised by her grandparents after her own parents died in her young life from the Spanish flu epidemic and her relationship with her widowed grandpa is very sweet Aside from the regular pigeons they raise at their farm, Susan also has a pet pigeon named Duchess who seems have adapted human qualities She plays an important role in the story after she accidentally gets placed for service with the other homing pigeons In an attempt to rescue Duchess from this mistake, Ollie himself is accidentally carried in the plane that will drop these birds into French territory Ironically, it is Boar who is piloting the plane and this doesn t sit well with him But their plane is not safe in the skies over France and it never makes it home Instead, they find themselves living for a time in an occupied French village, hidden under floorboards by a French woman hoping that sometime soon her husband will return from resistance activities Eventually, they leave her home and together with a monk as their guide, they try to make it to the Pyrenees to escape into Spain Meantime, Susan pines for Ollie They have felt attraction right from the start She is not sure she will ever see Ollie from Maine again There was so much this book could have been For the time period, it could have been gripping and gritty The characters could have been interesting, developed and sophisticated Instead they are one dimensional and predictable There is so much redundancy Ollie s ankle pain, Bertie s knees, stroking the pigeons, Madeline s pig The action is predictable and needs to be tighter The dialog lacks excitement Hlad wanted to try and be as authentic as possible but don t think this author did much in the way or research of British slang because his constant use of bloody hell was so overdone I just didn t feel like I was in the countryside of England there are British words than loo and lorry I am not sure why Hlad constantly repeated the nursery rhyme related to Spanish flu It seemed out of place It was meant to refer to the loss of her parents, but it didn t seem needed to the story I also had a problem with the attitude of the soldiers that were camped out at the Ebbing farm I think they were misrepresented Afterall, the British were galvanized for the same reason to keep the Nazis from their shores and to beat them back and win the war For them to be so confrontational with Susan was ridiculous and unpatriotic It was almost like they were not on the same side For them to have been portrayed as unwilling to help this family was absurd and unrealistic flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Nicole Reeber rated it it was ok 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 maybe, but her lapwas she decapitated, a yoga specialist I just was not sold on any of it There was also several phrases that played throughout and were overused so you just expected it on the next page and were like, yup, there it is again I thought about a third of the way that maybe it would have been interesting to give the lead pigeon a narrative like the dog in the novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, but by the end of the book I don t think even that could have saved what was just a ploddingly told tale I really wanted to like this book, but it just left me angry that at the end I read that the author had a network of critique partners and no one apparently identified its clear weaknesses before publishing flag Like see review View 1 comment Jan 24, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it 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 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 difficult read at times Susan is a young English woman who passionately loves and raises pigeons She and her grandfather, Bertie work for the National Pigeon Service and train the homing pigeons to carry messages across enemy lines Ollie is a crop duster from Maine who travels to Britain in a quest to join the Royal Air Force and ends up working for Susan and Bertie The story of Ollie, Bertie, Susan and her beloved homing pigeon, Dutchess will bring forward many emotions as you read this story If you are not familiar with the use of pigeons during the London Blitz, you will be captivated by this novel The story line will keep you second guessing and may make you shed a tear or two The Long Flight Home is a fresh new look at WWII British history Thank you once again to for the opportunity to read The Long Flight Home flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Anne Lemay rated it liked it 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 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 author writes with an immediacy that puts you right there I loved Madeleine, the French woman I wanted to know about Lt Boar s backstory, especially after certain things were learned midway through the book My big disappointment was the somewhat abrupt ending I wanted to see the rest of the story played out, even if it went another 100 pages or flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Caitlin rated it it was amazing 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 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 as they both try to find happiness within this war, and they find it through hardworking and intelligent pigeons I ll be honest, I never thought I d love pigeons this much or get so upset when someone would simply call them birds.This book is a joy to read flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Chelsey rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways The British government s secret mission is pigeons Source Columba, Bertie said These pigeons are going to help us win the war This is a must read for historical fiction lovers Hlad did a fantastic job putting a new perspective on the thoroughly covered WWII genre A Long Flight Home was well researched with an engaging storyline, sympathetic characters and some unlikely heroes I enjoyed the action scenes and the love story woven throughout but was particularly pleased by the lack of p The British government s secret mission is pigeons Source Columba, Bertie said These pigeons are going to help us win the war This is a must read for historical fiction lovers Hlad did a fantastic job putting a new perspective on the thoroughly covered WWII genre A Long Flight Home was well researched with an engaging storyline, sympathetic characters and some unlikely heroes I enjoyed the action scenes and the love story woven throughout but was particularly pleased by the lack of predictability Thank you for my first Giveaway win flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Alice rated it liked it Fascinating WWII Britain history Did you know that pigeons carried messages for Britain in an attempt to get intelligence back from the fighting front I didn t know either The story is a sweet love story as well as lots of pigeon lore If you are interested in WWII history, and especially about the bombing of London and adjacent areas, this is an easy way into that part of the war An easy read, which isn t a criticism The characters are well drawn, although a bit predictable flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Sunshine Mares rated it really liked it This book was really interesting I knew absolutely nothing about the pigeons in WWII I really liked learning about how they used the pigeons to carry messages I love the descriptions used in the book I am grateful to have read this book I ended up researching much about WWII that I hadn t even heard of before I read this book flag Like see review Catherine rated it really liked it Jan 23, 2019 Melissa rated it it was amazing Dec 28, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing Dec 02, 2018 Mark Gottlieb rated it it was amazing Jul 12, 2018 Jessica Ludwig rated it really liked it Jan 10, 2019 Jennifer rated it really liked it Dec 11, 2018 Jenny rated it it was amazing Dec 18, 2018 Mark Gottlieb rated it it was amazing Sep 25, 2018 Natalia Rashkovskaya rated it really liked it Sep 30, 2018 Kensington Books added it May 29, 2018 Alex Nicolajsen added it Jun 05, 2018 Nadia marked it as to 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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.

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    1. 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.


    2. 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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 t [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 gi [...]


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