Hornet Flight

Hornet Flight

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Ken Follett and the intrigue of World War II--"a winning formula" ( Entertainment Weekly ) if ever there was one. With his riveting prose and unerring instinct for suspense, the #1 New York Times bestselling author takes to the skies over Europe during the early days of the war in a most extraordinary novel. . . .

It is June 1941, and the war is not going well for England. Somehow, the Germans are anticipating the RAF's flight paths and shooting down British bombers with impunity. Meanwhile, across the North Sea, eighteen-year-old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut on the German-occupied Danish island of Sande and discovers an astonishing sight. He doesn't know what it is, but he knows he must tell someone. And when he learns the truth, it will fall upon him to deliver word to England--except that he has no way to get there. He has only an old derelict Hornet Moth biplane rusting away in a ruined church--a plane so decrepit that it is unlikely to ever get off the ground . . . even if Harald knew how to fly it.

Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire , available now.

Publisher: New York : Signet, [2003]
ISBN: 9780451210746
0451210743
Branch Call Number: FOLLETT K
Characteristics: 518 p. ; 18 cm

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lindakettle Jan 26, 2012

Couldn`t put it down.

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RazorSteel
Mar 26, 2007

Hundreds of novels have been written with WWII and Nazi Germany as a setting, yet when Ken Follett writes one, you can be sure he puts together a plot that makes for one fantastic read. Hornet Flight centers on Germany's occupation of Denmark and how a few brave citizens resist Nazi rule permeating their country. In keeping with his classic novels Eye of the Needle, Key to Rebecca and Jackdaws, Follett delivers another excellent WWII thriller.

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Mar 14, 2010

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

But on a small Danish island across the North Sea, Harald Olufsen, a bright eighteen-year-old with a talent for engineering, stumbles across a secret German installation. Its machinery is like nothing he has ever seen before and he knows he must tell someone – if he can only figure out who.

With England preparing its largest aerial assault ever, 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 grounded Danish Air Force and already under suspicion of the authorities. For Arne’s fiancee, Hermia, an MI6 intelligence analyst desperate to resurrect the foundering Danish resistance. And most of all for Harald himself – because as the hour of the assault approaches, it will all fall to him and his friend Karen to get the word to England.

And the only means available to them is a derelict Hornet Moth biplane abandoned in a ruined church, a plane so decrepit that it is unlikely ever to get off the ground.

Pursued by the enemy; hunted by collaborators; with almost no training, limited fuel, and no way of knowing if they will survive the six-hundred mile flight, the two will carry with them England's best – perhaps only – hope of avoiding disaster.

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