A Novel

Book - 2012
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When young Sharon Lacey travels from Canada to England in the spring of 1940 in search of the father she never knew, she finds herself called upon to participate in a much larger and more dangerous mission. For at eighteen, she is a gifted flier in an England desperate for pilots to fend off the impending attack from Hitler's Luftwaffe. In the months that follow, Sharon will be tested in ways that will affect the rest of her life--should she survive.

With Blackbirds, award-winning mystery novelist Garry Ryan turns his hand towards historical fiction, vividly evoking the fear and uncertainty of wartime England, as well as the spirit of camaraderie and adventure shared by the men--and women--who stepped forward to defend it.

Publisher: Edmonton : NeWest Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781927063217
Branch Call Number: FIC RYA
Characteristics: 225 p. :,map ;,23 cm.


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Jun 14, 2017

I've read many WWII genre books and this is the first one I've come across that involves the ATA - and - is written by a fellow Albertan! Although I'm not overly fond of his heroine, Sharon, the book moves at a decent pace and is easy to read. I would have preferred his character portrayal of Sharon to be less ill-tempered and foul mouthed as I found it difficult to believe a young Canadian of that era would be so crass, particularly when her mother was of the upper British classes.

Apr 27, 2017

Canadian female pilot ferried planes to various British air bases & to meet her estranged father in world war II
Didn't expect German fighter ambush on unarmed fighter gone action gone south scene.

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