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Perys Tremayne is not readily accepted by his family in Heligan, Cornwall, because his late parents had caused a scandal, but neither did he fit easily with the servants. A neighboring farmer's daughter, Annie, and her brother, Martin, the Tremayne's chauffeur, were the only two who would befriend him. But when war breaks out in 1914, Perys' life picks up—his determination and talent for flying enables him to join the RFC and become a distinguished flying ace. Although his war years and flying career go well, his love life was less successful. He is deeply attracted to Annie, but she has an understanding with Jimmy who returns from the Front blind and gas poisoned so she feels she must go through with her marriage. Perys' next girlfriend is Grace, a nurse, but she's on the S. S. Sultan, torpedoed and sunk by the Germans. When war ends, Perys meets up again with Annie just after Jimmy commits suicide, unable to live a disabled life.
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E. V. Thompson is a former policeman and sailor. He is the author of The Dream Traders as well as Chase the Wind, which won the Best Historical Novel of the Year award.From AudioFile:
This is the story of Perys Tremayne, a terribly nice young Cornishman who loses his heart to flying and to a beautiful farm girl during WWI. Thompson gives us an interesting perspective on the early days military flying. Even the Red Baron makes a cameo appearance. The story is hopelessly romantic and the protagonists far too noble, but the plot has twists and turns, and the aerial combat scenes are compelling. Actor Terry Wale does a fine job portraying British officers and gives other passable portrayals, but his low, gravelly voice is sometimes hard to understand for American listeners. It's worth listening to gain an appreciation of a time and place that are long gone and may never have really existed. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reissue. Seller Inventory # DADAX0751545864
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0751545864