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Hornet Flight | [Ken Follett]

Hornet Flight

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.
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Publisher's Summary

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

On a Danish island across the North Sea, Harald Olufsen stumbles upon a secret German installation. With England preparing its largest aerial assault, what Harald has discovered may turn the course of the war, but the race to convey the information could have terrible consequences for everyone close to him. For his older brother, Arne, a pilot in the Danish air force, and for Arne's fiancee, Hermia, an intelligence analyst desperate to resurrect the foundering Danish resistance. And most of all, for Harald himself.

Filled with knife-edge suspense and rich, tantalizing characters, this is Ken Follett writing at the top of his form, unforgettable storytelling from an unforgettable writer.

Don't miss Ken Follet discussing the history of the thriller and its role in literature at the 92nd Street Y.

©2002 Ken Follett; (P)2002 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Consistently compelling." (Booklist)
"[Follett] hits the mark again with this dramatic and tragic tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"John Lee's performance gives a heightened sense of authenticity through skillful international accents that keep the narrative flowing smoothly....Good fun!" (AudioFile)

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    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 10-11-13
    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "John Lee is the best narrator ever! Great Book Too"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hornet Flight to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! The narrator somehow knows exactly how the book is to be read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornet Flight?

    I don't want to say without spoiling it for others.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is a master at changing his voice for each character! How he does it is a mystery! Beautiful jog!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13
    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great read even the second time!"

    I enjoy Follett, Pillars of the Earth is in my top 10 all time favorites. This is a great read and can be enjoyed by teens as well. Just look at what a Hornet from WW2 looks like to get the feel of what these young kids did.

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

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    "Good characterization"

    This was a fun read about WWII espionage with engaging characters and lots of suspense. I have read other Follett novels and this was different, less complex yet kept my interest until the end. I loved the characters. Although not all of them survived the war their you are left with the impression that they will not be forgotten. The aviation theme running through the book seemed mostly accurate although some of the story was a bit difficult to believe. That's what marked it fun and not too serious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-18-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "ONE OF KEN FOLLETT'S BEST!!!!!"

    Another great book by Ken Follett, This is my fourth book by Ken and he keeps pulling me in.. With out a doubt their will be more. in the Hornet Flight its up and down he will take out a main character in this book,and leave you on the edge. Its about two brothers tring to help out the resistance.The Germans are taking out all the British plains and they dont know how.. then the young brother Harold steps in and saves the day... Arnie and Harold's family life is complicated with there loving mother and strict preacher as a father.Both brothers has a love story in the mix,and always on their tail a detective that use to be best friends with Arnie but now hates their family...THIS IS A MUST READ....

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 02-17-08
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 02-17-08 Member Since 2007

    Lover of good ideas

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    "Heros and Heroines"

    Ken Follett has written another great historical novel. Set in Europe during WWII, listening to this book, the novel quickly fades into the background and you find yourself living a dramatic period in world history. Like his other historical novels, Mr Follett has done his homework, and he makes that period come alive. He has you gripped by the power of the story and the characters are people you care deeply about or hate. Mr Follett doesn't confuse good and evil and his characters have both feet on one side or the other. Many of the good guys die in the story, but they offer their lives for a greater cause. The bad guys, like his others novels get their just desserts.

    You will not go wrong listening to this audio book.

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    Amy Wahlberg 02-25-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another great from Ken Follett"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it is as captivating and historically thorough as all of Ken's books are.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are described in such a way that one can picture them while listening to the developing story. I compare it to the great "pillars" series and World War books, which are both hard to beat, that's the only reason I gave the story a 4.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee is by far the best narrator I have ever listened to. His skillful accents and voices bring a truth to the characters and his crisp annunciation validity to the story that is being told. Love his work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dania Chesapeake, VA, United States 01-22-13
    Dania Chesapeake, VA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Good premise but too predictable. You knew the heros would prevail every time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was just what everyone expected - no thrill ending


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    Chris Alameda, CA, United States 12-04-12
    Chris Alameda, CA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable spy story and adventure yarn"

    First I really enjoyed the performance, I don't know whether the accent works as a Danish accent for Danes but it seemed reasonable compared to the Scandinavians I know. The only thing I wondered is whether it is necessary to have a foreign accent when the characters are actually speaking their own language? But in any case it worked for me.

    While I could say that the story was a little predictable, and I think I did at the time, that is partially a middle aged man's experience and cynicism. We all try to predict where stories are going and by my age I should be quite adequate at it. That isn't a fair criticism of the book.

    I enjoyed the world that Follett created, it actually made me want to visit Denmark. I enjoyed the people, though I didn't always agree with what they were doing, but there are always good and bad guys in stories or they wouldn't be worth reading.

    I don't want to say too much because I think you should try this one for yourself too.

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    Rob Goodyear, AZ, United States 08-02-09
    Rob Goodyear, AZ, United States 08-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommended adventure yarn for WWII buffs"

    This was a great listen - good characters, fast-paced plotting, and an interesting setting in WWII era Denmark. While the ending was definitely predictable, I didn't care. I enjoyed every minute.

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    Kevin Lindon, UT, USA 01-21-07
    Kevin Lindon, UT, USA 01-21-07
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    "A great Read...er...listen"

    This is a great book for anyone interested in World War II and the resistance efforts in the various Nazi Occupied countries. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing things from the eyes of Harold. Listening in the car, there were many times I laughed and cheered out loud.

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