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A group of antique airplane enthusiasts has gathered in North Carolina for a New Year's celebration of their hobby. Setting up their back story takes fully 3/4 of the book. They have planes, guns, and a ham radio, making them a uniquely well-equipped center of organized resistance. There is another group of airplane crash survivors in New York, whose story is described. They have absolutely no connection to the main story of this volume, so they must play a role in one of the next books. There are people in California who are connected to the N.C. group and talk to them on the ham radio network. Creating these pockets of people and their stories leaves little time for much else, and this has left a book that cannot be recommended (or even fairly evaluated) on its own merits.
Unfortunately, I must agree with previous reviewers who noted the stilted dialogue and obsessive attention to details that only a pilot or engineer could love. However, there is buried in all that a premise (WWII era aircraft brought back to fight for the USA) that deserves at least continuing on to the second book.
When the action finally starts in the final third of the book, it really draws the reader in. One can only hope that the next three books in this series are more like the end of volume 1 ,and not like the beginning.
Obviously, the author loves aeroplanes and that came through strongly with his aeroplane detail and full explanations which does have relevance to the story especially at the beginning, otherwise readers would doubt why their planes worked. However, I hope this details does not continue too much in later books as after half way I was starting to skip the full descriptions of the planes and just accept it.
I was getting a bit frustrated about when the apocalyptic event was going to occur but then realised the author always intended the story to be a series and I would waiting until almost the end. I was expecting more action to have started and that is not the case in this book, this book is all about developing the characters, setting the scenes and putting everyone in their positions for the event to occur so no action really but with all the old weapons I am hopeful things will get hot soon. Yes, I will get the next book as I am keen to see how things go and what the action parts are like