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The long flight home / Alan Hlad.

Hlad, Alan, author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library HLA (Text) 33500013094214 New Checked out 09/09/2019
McIntosh Public Library HLA (Text) 33500013094222 New Checked out 09/06/2019
Red Lake Falls Public Library HLA (Text) 35500006184947 New Checked out 09/10/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781496721679
  • ISBN: 1496721675
  • Physical Description: 376 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : John Scognamiglio Books, Kensington Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: September 1940, as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Since losing her parents as a child, Susan Shepherd has raised homing pigeons with her grandfather, Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan, but none more so than Duchess, with whom she shares a special bond. When a young pilot named Ollie Evans travels to Britain to join the Royal Air Force, his quest brings him to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. The mission aims to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do make the journey home can convey crucial information on German troop movements. The friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens as the mission date draws near. When Ollie's plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess's devotion and her singular sense of duty will become an unexpected lifeline.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    Hlad's debut delves into an obscure piece of World War II history: the covert mission of the National Pigeon Service, which deployed an army of homing pigeons to send messages to Britain from Nazi-occupied France. In 1940, as the Blitz begins, Englishwoman Susan Shepherd and her grandfather are called on by the military to provide the pigeons they raise on their farm to act as messengers from behind enemy lines. A young American pilot, Ollie Evans, ignores American neutrality and arrives in England determined to join the Royal Air Force; he finds himself staying with the Shepherds, which leads to a blossoming romance between himself and Susan. A series of mishaps sees Ollie on an RAF plane that crashes in France, and one of Susan's pigeons becomes their sole link across the Channel. While some of the characters are a bit thinly drawn, Ollie's attempts to escape from France are gripping, and Hlad adeptly drives home the devastating civilian cost of the war. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Alan Hlad is a corporate executive turned writer. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Literary Cleveland, and the Akron Writers’ Group. Alan lives in Ohio with his wife and children. The Long Flight Home is his first novel. You can find him online at, and on Instagram @AlanHlad.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > England > Fiction.
Homing pigeons > War use > Great Britain > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Historical fiction.
War fiction.
Romance fiction.
Historical fiction.

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