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Wings of Contrition (Doomed Youth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leon Hughes
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Born to a world of patriotism and privilege, James Caulfield thought he understood the difference between cowardice and courage. He thought he understood a lot of things.

As the First World War ignites across Europe, eighteen year old James leaves the playing fields of Rugby School to join the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot. The spirit of gentlemanly amateurism that distinguishes the early months of the airborne conflict, gives way to an encroaching darkness as the British realise their flimsy planes and inadequate weaponry are no match for a prepared and determined enemy. Outgunned and outclassed a handful of young pilots on the cusp of manhood fight desperately to hold back the tide of war.

As the squadron’s casualties mount, James comes to question the very meaning of sacrifice. Are the burnt blackened bodies of his friends really those of heroes or the inevitable result of a callous and indifferent allied leadership? Is honour anything more than just a platitude used to fool men into suicidal bravery?

In this exciting and emotionally charged novel, Leon Hughes turns the lens from the outer drama of war to the inward struggle of the human spirit to survive, asking us what, above all, is worth dying for?

"Beautiful and haunting", Richard Lea, The Guardian

"Hughes succeeds in emphasizing the individual and technical aspects of the war’s main themes, including jingoism, class distinctions, women’s rights, aircraft development, trench warfare and political blundering... High flying excitement.", Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Leon Hughes lives in Cardiff, Wales with his partner and two young children. Wings of contrition is his first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482590247
  • Publisher: Createspace; 1 edition (6 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D94QM7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leon Hughes is the author of Wings of Contrition, the first novel of the forthcoming Doomed Youth trilogy.

Wings of contrition was inspired by Leon's lifelong fascination with the early years of aviation and especially with the exploits of British air aces like Albert Ball. Although much has been written about the experience of the infantry during the First World War, much less is understood about the air war. It was to tell the story of the pilots who risked all in flimsy planes with no parachutes or proper armaments, that Wings of Contrition was first conceived.

Leon was born in the North West of England in 1973 and attended school in Cheshire until he won a state school scholarship to Rugby School, an experience that served as inspiration for some of the early scenes of Wings of Contrition. Leon later attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and studied for a Masters degree in London. He currently lives and works in Cardiff, Wales with his partner Charlotte and two young children.

Wings of Contrition has been critically well received and sales brisk. A sequel, "The Road to Atonement" is planned for publication in 2014. Leon welcomes feedback via Twitter or Facebook and tries to respond to any reader questions or comments.




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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 10 July 2013
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This book is beautifully written. The descriptive narrative makes you feel a real part of the historical scene. A poignant story of one man's struggle through the horrors of warfare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hat-trick on his debut 9 July 2013
By KL
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A wonderful debut release by an exciting young author. Mainly set during the early stages of the Great War, yet the story is given exceptional depth by the research that the writer has undertaken into the build-up and real historical, political and social events that were taking place not just on the continent but back in Britain too. I particularly liked the characters of Captain Ladley, who reminded me so much of my own grandad, and the maverick Vaughan. I really hope the author has already started work on his next novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written 9 July 2013
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A great story set in 1913 about the life of James Caulfield and what happens to him on leaving school. Superbly written. I would recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book, well written! 7 July 2013
By Rain
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This book is a great read, I was pleasantly surprised by it as its not the normal type of book id go for, but I became lost in this one!
Would recommend it to anyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War In the Air 4 July 2013
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Technically and historically accurate this novel is attracting considerable respect and recognition in aviation circles. Combine that expertise with a touching human narrative and this is a gripping and enthralling novel set in a time and world long gone. As good as anything previously written about war in the air.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 5 July 2013
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Absolutely fantastic read. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. You build such a relationship and empathy with the characters, I was sad to finish it. Very well written and utterly engrossing. RECOMMEND!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative... 29 July 2013
By DPA
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A very evocative tale of how the war in the air in WW1 turned so quickly from 'gentleman's agreement' to 'by any means necessary', while considering the human costs, both mental and physical. Period and social detail, multi-dimensional characters (even the minor ones) and the descriptions of the planes themselves make this book a good read. Roll on the next one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality historical novel 9 Jun 2013
By Inv1
Format:Kindle Edition
A superb read! A gripping journey of young men making their way through the horror of the first real air war. Historically accurate and yet loses none of the story-telling skill necessary to bring a historical novel to life and make you care about the characters. Definitely worth packing for the summer holidays - although maybe not one to read if you're planning on flying on any light aircraft :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Riveting book, just couldn't put it down. Eagerly awaiting a sequel.
Published 2 months ago by roland Bulkyn-Rackowe
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for some - I couldn't get into it
Reflected the impart of the times in a way I found too much of todays inferences in the tale .........a curates egg
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Published 14 months ago by Andrew Reeves
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold
I do not enjoy this style of writing which leaves me cold and bored. No more for me very sorry.
Published 14 months ago by Stuart Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Brilliant book, could not put it down. If you are looking for a fantastically written book with a gripping storyline this is the one!!!!!
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Well written and gives the feeling of seeing it for yourself.. The apparent amateurishness of the military leadership at the time. Read more
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Published 15 months ago by Miskiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerial warfare in WW1
I find any tales relating to aerial warfare, particularly the WW1 era to be of great interest. I also like fiction tales wrapped around actual facts. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected
What a wonderful story. You can feel the tension these people must have had. Glad I was I the RAF much later.
Published 15 months ago by A Varley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
An excellent, engaging story and very topical for the WW1 anniversary next year.I am really looking forward to the next installments
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