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Bargain on 18th - 22nd Sep 19
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“Beautifully presented and well told.” “Packed with energy and information.” “Buzzing all the way!”

Over 156,000 men took part in the Normandy landings. This is the story of just one man.

Racing towards his target at over 100mph, a member of Britain’s Glider Pilot Regiment is responsible for the lives of thirty elite airborne troops in the back of his Horsa Glider. Part of Operation Tonga, described as the “most incredible feat of flying of the entire war,” the pilot struggles to keep his emotions in check as he falls to the ground.

Haunted by the words of his father, and the war he fought, he must battle with the prospect of never seeing his wife again, as well as fighting the Germans.

About the Author

Thomas Wood is a military history enthusiast, and as a result is currently obtaining a degree in the field. In 2017, he published his first short story ‘The Silent Invader’ which has received widespread praise and commendation for portraying an individual story of a very small group of men in the Second World War, the Glider Pilot Regiment. He attributes his inspiration to writers such as Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and William Ash.

Bargain on 18th - 22nd Sep 19
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"A tight, well-crafted novella of a glider pilot in World War II"

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Charlie Manning always wanted to be a soldier and with World War II he gets his chance, following his father who served in World War One. As a regular soldier he is unhappy until he gets a chance to join the Flying Corp and becomes a glider pilot. We join him in the middle of his mission, taking his troops to an area in France and while the tense journey unfolds we cut back to his earlier life showing how he got there. Life with his co-pilot, learning to fly the giant Horsa glider containing him and a small troop of soldiers, the people he has met and the wife who now waits for him to come home.

This is a well written and engaging historical short that keeps the tension slowly ratcheting up by skillful use of switching back and forth between the flight they are undertaking as part of D-Day and the events that led up to this point. The events described are brief but help to form the reasons for the flight, not just for the war, but also personally for Charlie as well. The characters are quickly defined, more in the way that Charlie interacts with them, but help to round out his character and show what type of person he is. Spelling and grammar are fine, I didn't notice any mistakes reading through, although if there were I missed them because I was enjoying the story.

The only downside to the story is that there is a lot more that could be told, but in some ways it doesn't need it, as a tightly crafted piece of fiction. It is not really a war story, more a story that is set in a war, but well worth reading even if you don't think you would like the genre.

Rating: 4



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