The Long Flight Home

The Long Flight Home

Book - 2019
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September 1940, as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Since losing her parents as a child, Susan Shepherd has raised homing pigeons with her grandfather, Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan, but none more so than Duchess, with whom she shares a special bond. When a young pilot named Ollie Evans travels to Britain to join the Royal Air Force, his quest brings him to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. 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 can convey crucial information on German troop movements. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : John Scognamiglio Books, Kensington Books, 2019.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496721679
Branch Call Number: FIC HLAD, ALAN
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 14, 2019

4 stars. This book was recommended by a friend and I did enjoy the read. Set in England in WW II, it tells the story of a young girl, Susan, and her grandfather Bertie who live in the countryside near London and raise pigeons. They are approached by the Government to work on a secret project, training pigeons who would be dropped in France and would bring messages back from locals and partisans with information about the Germans. There is also a young American man, Ollie, who works on the farm but who wants to be a pilot and whose life becomes entwined with Susan's. Ollie ends up in France and sends messages back to Susan via her pet pigeon, Duchess. Based on a real program used to success in the war, this was a very nice little read and I found it a quick and enjoyable read.

Oct 09, 2019

well written WW2 historical novel, different take on story line the last few chapters ,recommend.

Sep 14, 2019

Easy read. Interesting

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 25, 2019

Considering the demand for World War II historical fiction seems to be evergreen, it can be tricky to find unplowed territory in a crowded market, but Alan Hlad successfully does that with this look at the use of carrier pigeons (!) to send messages back and forth between British soldiers. The interpersonal drama paled a bit in comparison to the pigeons (this is a sentence I literally never thought I would write) but this is a solid read for World War II fans who are looking to learn something new.


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