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.
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"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)
Great story, suspenseful, clever and interesting! A short story which reminds us how the war touched so many in so many different unexpected ways.
I thoroughly enjoy this listen -- I liked the well-constructed plot, although I knew where it was going. But the narration put it over the top -- so well done. Overall, I'd rate this as one of the more enjoyable books, but not at the top.
I might have laid out fewer story-line cues so that the listener wouldn't get too far ahead of the plot.
This was the first John Lee I've heard. I'll be on the lookout for others.
When Harold's father lied to protect Harold. It went against his beliefs and the love for his son became more important.
I do recommend this book. It's a wonderful listen -- lots of detail, which I liked because I it gave me clearer images in my mind. If you're not a fan of detail, I wouldn't recommend this book.
Details, and the story itself.
Why make this reviews so painful? why not settle for a short to the point comment and that is it, maybe some other people like to go on and on but then some of us just do not have the time to be yakking about something that I enjoyed personally.
It seems that Follett has about 5 or 6 cardboard character templates that populate all his books. It is so wooden even John Lee can't bring them to life.
I read nothing that is popular.
Hornet Flight is a great introduction to the author if you are not familiar to Follett's other work. Unlike his other epic novels that is really long and really well written, "Hornet Flight" gives you a glimpse of historical fiction, action, romance, and good old fashion family drama. This can all be achieved within 14 hours.
After you read this title, you will be ready for more, like Pillars of Earth, Fall of Giants, and many more intensive writing from Ken Follett. Many of his books are also in the abridge version, such as this one.
Please don't think about getting any of his books abridge because you will be cheating yourself. You will be missing a whole lot of substance from a marvelous writer.
To sum up my thoughts on this review, think Top Gun, but during the Second World War.
Good action in the sky.
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