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Hornet Flight [Paperback]

Ken Follett
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4 Sep 2009
From the master storyteller, a startling new thriller set amidst the Danish Resistance. It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their elderly parents. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Ger¿t - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment. Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effortto overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British . . .

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330509896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330509893
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen, starkly different in nature, are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their austere, elderly parents and trying to find their own way in life. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Gerät - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment. Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effort to overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants and Winter of the World are the first two bestselling novels in the Century trilogy.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable yet intriguing 3 April 2003
Format:Hardcover
It's 1941. Half of the British bombers attacking Germany are being shot out of the skies, tracked down by new technology called radar. With the Nazis invading Russia and a fierce British bombing campaign only days away, it comes down to the Danish Resistance -- and ultimately to an 18-year-old Dane named Harald Olufsen and a headstrong young Jewish ballet dancer -- to locate the source of this radar, record its operation, and alert England before it's too late. In opposition is of course Germany, but also a Danish police officer consumed with doing his duty and poisoned by the tragic maiming of his wife and the long-time grudge he holds against Harald's family.
Perhaps because it's remarkably easy to read, HORNET FLIGHT is so simplistic and predictable it feels in places more like a children's novel than an adult suspense thriller. There's seldom any doubt about what will happen next, and even the deaths along the way don't evoke much sorrow. Although the final getaway does keep the pages turning, the only question raised is how the obvious outcome will be achieved. The techniques used to create suspense read exactly like what they are -- plot props. I found it disconcerting to be always one step ahead of the author and I wanted to scream at the characters to get their heads out of the clouds and make use of their brains. By the time their lightbulbs flash on, the reader has been bearing the burden of knowledge for fifty pages.
Where HORNET FLIGHT wins its four stars, however, is in the incredibly real setting. Never does the narrative read like a textbook, never is information included simply for the sake of being information. The life of the Danish in their captured country is penned with such an apparently effortless accuracy that I kept forgetting Follett hadn't been there to observe it all.
Suspenseful? No. But well written, interesting, and informative -- HORNET FLIGHT is definitely all that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies - this book is for you too! 21 Sep 2004
By VLH
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Ken Follett I read - I am now hooked.
It was on my boyfriend's "future reading" pile after he'd purchased it at the airport on our last holiday. I started flicking through it and thought "oh, it's not just a war book".
Follett's characters are so real that you get involved in not just the main plot but also the lives of the characters. Although not the main subject of the book there is a degree of romance which is enough to grip the ladies without putting off the men.
These strong characters are a feature of Follett's books and I am now hooked. I would particularly recommend "The Third Twin". Very different from this book but equally gripping.
Enjoy!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Enjoy This Genre of Follett 8 Dec 2002
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
My first introduction to this writer's work was a book that has become a classic in the genre, "The Eye Of The Needle". For several books, and even more years, Mr. Follett pursued very different books like, "The Pillars Of The Earth", which was one of his most successful books, and has even lead to a "Pillars Of The Earth Day" annually. Many people enjoy both the areas that the author has ventured in to, but if given only one choice, I prefer the type that I first read.
He returned to the present genre with, "Code To Zero", which is the weakest of the spy genre he has produced since returning to it. "Jackdaws", was closer to historically based fiction, and it was very, very good. His newest, "Hornet Flight", is also well worth your time, and is close to, "Jackdaws", you will have to decide which you prefer.
He notes at the outset that, "Some of what follows really happened." Much less historical detail than he prefaced the last book with, but still intriguing for those who have read the history that takes place when this book is set. What he continued from his previous book was to place female characters front and center, on both the sides, that you will hope will succeed, and on the side of the Nazis which require no elaboration.
This book is a bit predictable, but I am hesitant to be too critical for I don't know how much of the tale is based upon fact. If some events are predictable but true, they are breathtaking, if only a figment of the author's imagination, they are expected and not up to the level Mr. Follett writes at when at his best.
Prime Minister Churchill appears and is portrayed accurately. There is also a character that was a close confidant and scientific advisor to Mr. Churchill during the war that may be the basis for one character in the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, but predictable 5 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the second book that I have read by Ken Follett, the first being Jackdaws. The story was readable, but the format in the two books were very similar. Both had nasty guys, who were trying to climb the slippery pole. Both guys got their come-uppance in the form of grisly deaths. The whole idea was the same, but you did get a strong feeling for France in the Jackdaws, and Denmark in the Hornets Flight.
The technical description was good, and I found it a book that I wanted to keep reading to the end, though the conclusion was very predictable, everyone seemed to live happilly ever after, and everyone got their man or women.
Good story for relaxing and not too demanding reading, and in both cases not too many characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of his best 19 July 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was another cracking story based in WWII. He is a master story teller and if you like the spy type stuff you will love this book. It had so many possibles in the plot running through it to keep you guessing how it all might work out or not in the end . Some really good strong characters with afew horrors for good measure.
Read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific yarn
Yet another Follett masterpiece. A good strong story, well told, with a good level of detail. I could not put it down.
Published 12 days ago by Tony B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again a very good book, suspense right to the end.
Published 20 days ago by Joan Barrington-Short
4.0 out of 5 stars The entry into the base on the island seemed a bit too easy and...
Interesting plot. The entry into the base on the island seemed a bit too easy and repairing a plane under the noses of a German detachment seemed a bit far fetched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jonboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant book. Captures the mood of war time Denmark eloquently. Really enjoyable. Great characters and engaging plot. Another great peri war book by Follett.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. L. Hamill
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have only just started reading Follett. I like the historical aspect to his well written books. whilst an element of fiction they are dipped in fact so each book has also had not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Clearing out old books so this book read before it goes.
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Cover 2/5 different to the one pictured. Why not a picture of the radar?

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Quick 24 hour easy read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Kreator
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner from Mr Follett!
When you read a Ken Follett book, how can you not become involved with the characters. Love them, hate them, feel for them! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susana Verde
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
I discovered Ken Follett far too late in my life but I am more than making up for it by reading as many of his books as I can. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hornet flight by ken follet
As always beautifully written and with great background research. An artful mix of suspense and racy dialogue. Difficult to put down and a really great read. So clever.
Published 4 months ago by Boswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
A fantastic read from a brilliant author. Once started I found it very hard to put down.I would recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by Dave Grimshaw
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