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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Raven's Quill Ltd (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955548624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955548628
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,881,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LOVEREADING WEBSITE: top of their 'Horror, Fantasy & SciFi' in December,2010. "The reader too will feel utterly drawn in to follow Kate's story through the author's masterful storytelling powers and the two worlds, modern and historical are woven together in to a web in which the reader has no desire to leave but instead continue turning the pages to the surprising denouement." Cyberbookworm Blog: "The flight of birds is a modern gothic novel with a twist. It is full of lyrical prose that transports you back into the world of the gothic novel. Full of dark metaphors and an uncomfortable back story that brings the horror alive. It is a story of love, hate, and vengeance on a grand scale. For those that love the gothic genre this will hit the spot." Martyn Drake Blog: "The story itself is hugely intriguing. After the death of her mother, Kate Pegler moves to a small village with her father where she befriends a local boy whose father works on the estate of the Tercel family. But things take a strange twist when Kate encounters the mysterious Shabby Tattler whose very appearance triggers a series of strange events in which Kate finds out about the terrible massacre that took place back in the village during the Elizabethan times. Kate's future lies in the past and terrible secrets and revelations come to the surface. Intrigue is the key here. Alan has created a rich history filled with high drama through to delicate relationships and some truly shocking moments. Buy this book." Steve Sharpe, SVP, European Goldfields: "Just finished The Flight of Birds - fantastic! it had me deferring theTimes Crossword on the commute to London each morning. This is a truly astonishing book. The cleverly spun threads will draw you into a web of intrigue and mystery that will have you gripped throughout. If you enjoyed the Quincunx you will love this - I can't recommend it highly enough." Waterstone's staff review: "The reader is thrust straight into an atmospheric drama, weaving history and fantasy together in this Gothic Danse Macabre, in parts reminiscent of some original brothers' Grimm tales, and the writing is so addictive there's never a good place to put the book down. As for the ending, nothing prepares you for that! I really was not expecting when I started this book for it to have such depth and diversity, horror and enchantment. It combines the magical twists of Neil Gaiman with atmosphere of Poe or Machen." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born: three degrees and eight minutes North; one hundred and one degrees and forty two minutes East; in eighty degrees Fahrenheit; twenty two inches length; eight pounds 4 ounces weight; two hours and forty minutes past midnight; at the start of the only war the West ever won against Communism. Schooling (tropical): mountain-top; sandy beach; (temperate) woodland prep; shire public; city poly; AA. Careers: multifarious before arriving at the decision to write and illustrate fictions less ordinary than his own life.

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Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book with a little hesitation. Oh, how wrong I was to hesitate!

After Kate's mother dies, her father and herself move away from the memories that the city holds to a small village beloved of her mother's childhood.
Kate is on a walk one day through the woods when she meets the 'Shabby Tattler'; an eye-patch wearing hooded figure who warns her of strange goings on as of late. Throughout the book, Shabby Tattler tells the tale of these woods and the estate that looms over it: a tale of massacre, murder and betrayal in the name of power, control and religion.

Kate also meets Rob - a kind boy who longs for Kate tirelessly; Gabriel, a boy running from his true nature; and old General Tercel, a old man who cares for Kate like a daughter and helps her find her way through the strange happenings of the Estate and its past.

Kate finds herself drawn in - literally - to the tale and finds that she is the one through which the characters from the past will take revenge on those who hurt them so deeply, so many years before.

I stared reading it, and I thought, okay, this isn't that good, maybe it will get better. And it did. I really, really enjoyed it. Okay, maybe it was a little bit gory in places (maybe a lot), but I thought that it was really clever and a really good read.
I would certainly recommend it to my fellow nerds.

Okay, that was a little bit of a put down.

I LOVED IT.

It is just the sort of thing that I'm constantly looking for - a mystery, stuff from the past, betrayal, horrid stuff like that; but that's just the sort of thing that is really very exciting.

But, this book is full of suspense and excitement. There is as much interest in the chapters set in the present day as there is in the tales from the past; I love it I love it I love it.
BUY IT!!!!
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Format: Paperback
The Flight of Birds

A book that's sounds frankly weird. A girl goes back in time, whilst remaining in her current time and follows her families history back 400 years. This sounds all nonsense but in reality is one of the best books that I have ever read. For readers of medieval whodunit novels (CJ Sansom lovers) they will love this book. The writing is crisp and it flows. The story is in fact 4 or 5 stories all threaded together.
I am struggling to criticise at all this excellent book and look forward to the next two stories in the trilogy. If I was to then I would say this. The first chapter is the weakest ( too many unnecessary complicated words maybe) and if had been re-written at the end of the book would have added more (Same comment about all Stieg Larssons novels, all weak first chapters), and second moan is that we do not really get inside the head of the main character, Kate Pegler, whereas we do for Black Martin, White Whisky John et al.
Do read this book as this is an author that has great ideas and is way beyond many other authors. The author also could easily write separate books about many of the characters in this book. Including dare I say it a sequel...............
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By A. Hobden on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
About four days ago I was accosted by a rather enthusiastic man in my local Waterstones, who told me he had written a book and was signing copies for people who wanted to buy one.
I thought 'why not?' and had a copy signed and bought it. The book was 'The Flight of Birds' and the enthusiastic man was the author, Alan Howard.
I started reading it on the bus home and didn't stop until I had finished it.
I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was really something pretty special. It is like nothing I have ever read, and I have read quite a lot.
This book merges modern and Elizabethan times perfectly, without the reader really noticing that it is happening, and there is something quite dreamlike about the whole experience.
The one thing I will suggest, other than you should get your hands on a copy of this book as soon as you can, is that it really isn't for younger readers.
There is some really quite gory and explicit fight scenes that I wasn't expecting, and the language isn't great at points!
But this is a great book. Buy it now.
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Format: Kindle Edition
After the death of her mother, Kate Pegler moves to a small village with her father where she befriends a local boy whose father works on the estate of the Tercel family. But things take a strange twist when Kate encounters the mysterious Shabby Tattler whose very appearance triggers a series of strange events in which Kate finds out about the terrible massacre that took place back in the village during the Elizabethan times. Kate's future lies in the past and terrible secrets and revelations come to the surface. I shall say no more, as to do so would spoil things. Intrigue is the key here.

I absolutely loved this story. Alan has created a rich history filled with high drama through to delicate relationships and some truly shocking moments.
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Format: Paperback
What an amazing tale! The reader is thrust straight into an atmospheric drama, weaving history and fantasy together in this Gothic Danse Macabre, in parts reminiscent of some original brothers' Grimm tales, and the writing is so addictive there's never a good place to put the book down.

As for the ending, nothing prepares you for that!

I really was not expecting when I started this book for it to have a treasure trove of such depth and diversity, horror and enchantment. The author has, like an Elizabethan alchemist, blended to perfection all the vital serendipitous ingredients to make a most original haunting tale.
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