- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Rhiza Press (April 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925139662
- ISBN-13: 978-1925139662
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,329,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kingdom of the Air Paperback – April 1, 2016
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So what is there to like about C.T. Wells’ first novel The Kingdom of the Air? The short answer is, “a lot”. For lovers of thrillers, historical novels, and a spice of romance this book is a “must”. There is action, tension, danger and excitement aplenty.
The story is unusual in that the hero, Josef Shafer, is a complex character of South African and German descent. He becomes an ace Luftwaffe pilot, having sworn allegiance to Adolf Hitler. How he juggles this allegiance with increasingly competing demands on his loyalty forms the backbone of the story.
The author’s writing style is pleasing. He brings the reader right into the scene—for example, the description of the motorbike rider’s jacket billowing in the wind. So simple, but effective.
Dialogue flows smoothly and fits the characters.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book when I first began reading. I was put off by a glitch in formatting and there were one or two typos, but before long I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.
Any film makers out there? This book is a good candidate for an action movie. Highly recommended.
Sounds like the makings of a dramatic book, right? And it is.
The Kingdom of the Air delivers on the action front – it’s a fast paced read that I knocked out in about a week. The flying scenes are great – enough technical knowledge has gone into them to be realistic, but Wells pulls back before it starts to sound academic.
But where I really thought this story shone was in the way it dealt with the morality of war and how in times of conflict, nothing is black and white.
When your main character is a Nazi, morality becomes a theme to be handled very, very carefully. Wells handles it with aplomb – you empathise with Josef’s struggle without feeling that you’re suddenly cheering for the wrong team, and the characters on both sides of the line have to struggle with shifting world views.
Is Kingdom of the Air the only and best WW2 story you’ll ever read? Maybe not. But it’s an engaging, thought provoking story, and on top of that, the writing itself is competent and subtle.
If there is a sequel (which it seems that there just may be) I will certainly be keeping an eye out for it.
Excellent story development with finely drawn characters. I rate this a 5 star book and look forward to more from this author.