- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2015 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499396864
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Florian Rochat (5 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K5SVTYI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #702,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rochat brings a unique perspective of our Native Americans as well as our warriors of World War II since he is European. He describes the love of flying as well as Richard Bach with the technical understanding of Ernest K. Gann. The book is a lovely read and, like all good reads, has threads which entwine the storyline that make for depth and rich vicarious experience—it is as easy to hear Hélène think and ponder as it is to feel Garreau experiences learning to fly as it is to be in the big sky country of Montana.
Flight school, AT-6s andf P-51s as well as leave are told through Garreau’s letters to home. Hélène discovers people who knew him which helps her to realize who Garneau was as a man. Combat, its cold calculus, as well as becoming a combat leader in the heavily contested skies of Europe are both told in letters as well as interviewing fellow veterans. As the reader learns of Garreau the reader also learns of Hélène. It is through Hélène we learn how to tell a story and how to investigate (this is where Rochat’s experience as a professional writer and journalist is enjoyed, much like a surprise gift). Readers also learn of aviation heroes uncommon to most Americans such as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who wrote as well as he flew, a pioneering aviator with feet of clay (i.e., being human such as Lindbergh, Earhart, Batten and Kingsford-Smith).
The cover art by Scarlett Rugers Design is inspiring as is Rochat’s storytelling. This book is handy in size, especially for travel, and can be enjoyed by adults as well as precocious teens. Florian Rochat was inspired by a letter he read in the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (Charlo MT) sent from a French family in the Épernay region of France, near Champagne, in 1944 who were also spared by a selfless American pilot’s final moments willing his wounded machine away from them. This story tells the tale of so many unheralded, but no less heroic, events which occurred every hour during World War II. This story also tells the tale of the interconnected nature things. This story also shows the reward that comes from understanding the backgrounds of people from other places. Rochat, a man from another place, gives us understanding (sometimes refreshing, sometimes bracing) of ourselves in the Unites States.
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The characters in the book are fictional, and the hero's life story is much different from that of my uncle, save for their tragic fates. The central story is very compelling, though, and I believe that it's told in a manner that will hold the interest of all readers.
I learned a lot from the book with regard to WW II aviation, particularly with regard to pilot training, mission planning, and air combat. I also learned a lot about Native American history and culture. It's clear that the author is very knowledgeable about these subject matters, and he is able to weave this information into the book without allowing the touching central story to get bogged down in details.
I would highly recommend this book to any and all readers!
It was a great pleasure to read this story - I'd rather say stories - written by a very talented author. I've read many books on aviation, and I had first been enticed by the cover. I had read on the Internet that it was based on a true story.
Then, I dived into one of the most breath-taking air combat sequences I've ever read. I dare say I was even more thrilled by air-to-air combat as well as the flights described than in the Chuck Yeager's autobiography which I love, or Vulcan 607, a best-seller too. Dumbfounded by the realistic vision of war I was reading, I couldn't help but relive some scenes of the movie "Saving Private Ryan".
However it is not a book totally dedicated to aviation history. It is a story of those who need dig out the WW2 heroes' past. A story about destiny, family, sacrifice, death, remembrance, and life.
I loved the skillful way the author makes the reader travel along vast landscapes with the characters, meet people in remote countries. I learned a lot about the Native Americans, about France, and Montana.
I've already bought an extra one for a present, and I wouldn't be surprised if this book became a best-seller.
This book surprised me several times. It did not end when I thought it would. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. One of those you " can not put down".