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Hornet Flight

Follett, Ken

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ISBN 10: 0525946896 / ISBN 13: 9780525946892
Published by Dutton, New York, 2002
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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2002 Near Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Printing, December 2002, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 420 clean tight unmarked pages, red end pages, book has dark gray boards with 1/4 black spine, silver embossed lettering on the front cover and spine, jacket has a full jacket color illustration, raised gold and black lettering on the front, b/w photo of the author on the back jacket, only mild wear to back corners, jacket has mild shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 004354

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Title: Hornet Flight

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

In June 1941, with the war not going well for the British, the lives of three people on both sides of the English Channel--MI6 intelligence analyst Hermia Mount, Danish police detective and collaborator Peter Flemming, and young Harald Olufsen--intertwine as Harald makes a discovery that could change the course of the war, if he can get the information to England. 500,000 first printing.

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An old-fashioned tale of ordinary people thrown into the drama and danger of war, Hornet Flight is a rippingly good read. The time is 1941, and British bombers attacking Germany are being blown out of the sky in horrific numbers. How do the Nazis know they're coming? The answer is an infant technology called radar, and the Brits--with help from the Danish Resistance--must figure out how and where the German radar stations operate.

Follett, an old pro at World War II storytelling, vividly evokes the period, creating a sense not of historical re-creation but of urgently unfolding news. His cast of characters is memorable, including Harald Olufsen, a brainy 18-year-old pulled into the Resistance half against his will, and--typically for Follett--several central, well-drawn women. The plot does have some predictable elements: for example, from the time Harald first encounters a tiny wood-and-linen biplane called a Hornet Moth, half-rotted and stored away in a Danish barn, we know that it will heroically take to the skies. Then, when the very outcome of the war begins to turn on Harald getting a certain roll of film from Denmark to England, well... you can see where things are headed. But it's great fun to watch them develop, and Follett throws in just enough unexpected shocks to keep you off balance. Though it lacks the intensity of Eye of the Needle, Follett's finest and best-known book, Hornet Flight offers generous helpings of suspense and a climax that could hardly be more satisfying. --Nicholas H. Allison

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