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The Balloonist

by James Long

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

The Balloonist Synopsis

Four thousand feet above the Western Front, only love can keep hope alive ...Lieutenant Willy Fraser, formerly of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front - a balloon observer hanging under a gasbag filled with explosive hydrogen, four thousand feet above the Ypres Salient, anchored by a slender cable. Swept across enemy lines after his balloon is damaged, Willy is hidden by Belgian farmers, whom he grows close to during his stay. With their aid, he manages to escape across the flooded delta at the English Channel and return to his duties. But once he's back in the air, spotting for artillery and under attack, Willy is forced to make an impossible decision that threatens the life of the woman he has come to love.

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The Good Book Guide Review

On the Western Front, the most dangerous aerial task was that of balloon observer, and in the Royal Flying Corps Kite Balloon Section, no soldier was braver – or more reckless – than Lieutenant ‘Wild’ Willy Fraser. A former cavalry officer with a troubled personal life, Fraser takes to the skies daily, performing a vital role in ‘a huge explosive target hanging in full view over the largest shooting gallery the world had ever known’. A compelling story of courage, coincidence, and derring-do, founded in extensive research and putting in the spotlight an often overlooked aspect of the First World War.

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ISBN: 9781471139000
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780875347
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471139000
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: James Long
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About James Long

James Long was a BBC TV news correspondent until the end of the 1980s. After two years starting and running an international TV station out of Zurich, he returned to England to concentrate on writing, which had always been his first love. He wrote four thrillers, then went back to a story he had begun many years earlier and which grew into Ferney. The book was originally born from his disappointment at being unable to buy a derelict cottage he had found near the village of Penselwood and that house became the centre of the story. Many more novels followed, ...

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