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Well, this book was a very welcome surprise!! I was originally such a big fan of Ken Follett and really loved his early novels such as 'Eye of the Needle' and 'The Pillars of the Earth'. However, I was hugely disappointed with some of the books that he brought out later such as 'The Hammer of Eden' and 'The Third Twin', which were frankly dreadful. On the basis of these latter two books, I actually gave up reading Ken Follett and it was only a serious lack of other reading material that led me to pick up this book from the bookcase in the house where I was recently staying. I'm so glad that I did.
This book is Ken Follett back at his best. It's a good old-fashioned spy thriller set in Denmark during the Second World War and, apparently, is based on a number of events that actually took place. Unlike the two books mentioned above, most of the characters are very believable and it's very easy to get an emotional attachment to the young men and women who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The plot itself is gripping and contains more than a few surprises. Interestingly, the main villain of the piece is not German but a Danish collaborator. Without wishing to give away any of the plot, the title of the book refers to an old and obsolete biplane that has to be pressed into service as a last desperate throw of the dice.
The book is not particularly long and I read it over a couple of days. It is one of those books that you have to keep reading to get to the end, but then immediately wish that you hadn't finished! The end of the book gives some hope that there may possibly be a sequel to be written. However, this novel was apparently written in 2002 and, sadly, there is no sign of a follow-up being published yet.
Irrespective of whether or not you enjoy reading spy thrillers, this is a very well written story and I can totally recommend this book.
This title is 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.