Book Review – “The Kingdom of the Air” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by C. T. Wells. This is Mr. Wells’ first publication.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. Some of the story is set in England, but most of it is in France during 1940. The primary characters are Josef Schafer, a German fighter pilot and Giselle Alegre, a former university student and now a member of the French resistance.
Schafer is shot down on a mission over England. He survives and is captured. He is offered the opportunity to be set free and returned to France if he will help a British Special Operations unit. Hanging on his answer is the fate of his sister who is a British prisoner in South Africa.
Alegre, her brother Martin and close friend Edouard have been formed into a cell in the French resistance. They are assigned a dangerous mission to destroy reconnaissance photos of England. They are surprised when Schafer shows up to assist them.
There is animosity and distrust between the four. They all soon find themselves being hunted by the German Gestapo. Even though they are really on different sides in the war, Alegre and Schafer discover an attraction for one another. Schafer is also dealing with torn loyalties. He is from South Africa but was able to join the German Luftwaffe because his mother was German. He has never really fit in with his Luftwaffe comrades and the more he sees of the Nazi brutality in France, the more he questions his commitment to Germany.
I enjoyed the 7.5 hours spent reading this 290 page novel. The characters are not white or black, but all shades of gray as they are each violent and ruthless in their own ways. Between the combat flying, espionage adventures and encounters with the Gestapo, the plot moves quickly and maintained my interest well. Overall I liked this Fiction World War II Thriller and I look forward to more in the series. The cover art is interesting and reflects the Messerschmitt fighter aspects of the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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