A gripping and accurate World War One aviation thriller.
Lieutenant Aird is counting the days since war was declared against Germany. His squadron are still in England, a month and a day following the declaration.
Was this an indication that the squadron was not prepared to fight? Or were the rumours true?
However, these thoughts are short-lived ... Aird and his squadron are suddenly dispatched to France ... where the people seem to be oblivious to the events taking place a mere 20 miles from the city.
It's not long before the battles begin ...
This is a story of hectic action, a portrayal of credible characters and a study of human behaviour.
The pace of the narrative never flags, whether describing the hazards inherent in the erratic engines and flimsy airframes of the period, depicting the excitement and dangers of the first clumsy attempts at air fighting, or presenting the people who figure in this well-constructed story.
It is complete in itself but leads to a climax in mid-1915 on the brink of dramatic new developments which transformed the techniques and greatly increased the perils of air fighting, and leaves the reader in suspense about the evolution of the plot in the second volume, The Fateful Dawn.
Trouble in the Wind is a gripping war epic which ensures historical authenticity and technical accuracy.
Richard Townshend Bickers is the author of many successful flying novels of the Second World War. Born in India and educated at St Paul's he volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of war and served as a regular officer until 1957. He has lived in many countries, travelled all over the world, and speaks and writes nine European and four oriental languages. He has written several radio plays and features as well as articles and short stories, and values bravery, kindness, humour, good food and good wine.
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April 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition