Everett Ross often feels like a fish out of water, an ex-Texas Ranger who traded his horse and six-gun for the cockpit of a pursuit aircraft in the British Royal Flying Corps. Through his inimitable West Texas narrative, Ross thrills the reader with a riveting tale of authentic aerial combat in the skies above the stalemated trenches of World War I. On the ground, Ross, who speaks no French, pursues the enchanting Genevieve, who speaks no English. Despite their torrid and frenetic passion, the war rips them apart, and Ross plunges behind enemy lines in a desperate gamble to rescue her.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would have liked to have learned more about aerial combat and airmanship in general as it pertains to World War I and the dawn of aviation. An excellent story is a great way to accomplish this is through historical fiction. This work fell short in that regard.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot wasn't bad...just a little predictable. The characters came across as wooden, almost cartoonish. Granted, it is a reach to take a character from the saddle in West Texas and place him in a cockpit in Europe. I got the feeling the author knew little about either.
Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Mendelevitz’s performances?
I would hesitate. His attempt to sound like a tough Texan were laughable at first, but turned into a real distraction though-out. This may have been attributed to the writing style as well.
Was Once a Knight: A Novel of Aerial Combat & Romance in World War I (Dawn of Aviation) worth the listening time?
It was surely worth the listening time. Even though it was far fetched and didn't address the flying experience as much as I would have liked, it was still a fun story.
Really good flying scenes - particularly the first solo in a Sopwith Camel. The plot in the latter half was far too far fetched & made it rather ridiculous.
Pronunciation of English and French names was terrible. OK when spoken in the first person but not in the narrative. pity because this downgraded the book from 4* to 3*.