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Wings of Fear

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Border Watch Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0733627129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0733627125
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,723,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shelleyrae TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 15, 2012
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The coastline of Queensland stretches some 6973 km (or 4333 miles) and protecting it is a daunting prospect, particularly in the sparsely populated region of the far north which is vulnerable as a point for illegal entry to Australia. Coastal surveillance is a huge operation involving patrol by sea and air and Helene Young, a pilot herself, recognised it's unique potential as a setting for Wings of Fear.

In Wings of Fear, Captain Morgan Pentland is a pilot for the Border Watch fleet in far north Queensland. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, it becomes obvious that he has an agenda Morgan and her team are not privy to. Acting on suspicions of a leak in the fleet Rafe has Morgan under close surveillance, concerned that the information is being used to create an opportunity for terrorist activity. By the time the truth is uncovered, Morgan and Rafe have just days to thwart a plot to blow up one of the country's busiest harbours, Circular Quay.

Balancing action, adventure, mystery and romance is something Helene Young proves she is skilled at over the length of this novel. From the first page I was captured by the mystery of the murdered man and then quickly absorbed in the adventure of patrolling Queensland's coastline by air. By the time Morgan and her crew were shot down by a surface to air missile I was turning the pages as fast as I could.

It wasn't only the exciting pace of the story that had me engrossed, the characters in Wings of Fear are well developed and interesting personalities. Morgan has come from a background of violence and intimidation, issues she is struggling with in her current relationship despite her best intentions to not repeat the mistakes of her mother.
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I must admit to starting this book with some concern as I'm not exactly a fan of romance novels but was intrigued to see how it would work out. I need not have worried as the book is very well written with action, suspense, a few thrills and a realistic approach that allows the romantic components to slot in well around them.

It doesn't go into "over-load" levels of detail as some books in the suspense/thriller world do while the plot develops at a brisk & enjoyable pace. My initial suspicions about the lead opponent were confirmed in small increments yet with sufficient twists that the revelation did not ruin the rest of the book. I even found myself unable to put it down at times as I found myself drawn deeper into some sections.

A great effort for Helene's first book and I'm actually looking forward to reading the second one in the series, let alone the third when it comes out later this year :)
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This is a really interesting book and a great story.

Hard to put down with likeable characters.

A little bit predictable is some places and a little bit unpredictable and nerve racking in others. I have gone on to buy Helen Young's other books and found them consistently enjoyable with a common thread of characters, but seperatley readable.
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