It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen, starkly different in nature, are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their austere, elderly parents and trying to find their own way in life. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Gerät - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment.
Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effort to overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British....
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By Amanda on 20-11-14
A gripping story
Although after some of Ken Follett's books this seemed quite a brief novel, it was never the less a gripping story if rather predictable.
I m always astounded by the author's knowledge of the era about which he writes and this book was not exception and it brought to life an occupied country in WW2 which is little talked about these days
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Kirstine on 30-05-15
FIrst class story-telling
On the strength of how much I enjoyed, and admired, the author's Century Trilogy I gave this book a try. It's a terrific story that kept me gripped throughout. The characters are so well-drawn I felt I knew them and cared about their fate. The story maintains momentum and never flags, even when there are digressions about such things as how to fly a Hornet Moth aircraft. I was reminded of Frederick Forsyth's novels in the way that a fast-paced and thrilling spy-story story is meshed with precise historical and technical details that makes it all seem authentic.
The narrator is excellent.
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By Marcin on 21-02-18
Extremely childish snd naive. To naive for a good story. I know k follet, and like his work but this one should be max 3 stars
By Rollin on 19-05-15
Outstanding World War II spy thriller
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
If you like WWII thrillers, this is the book for you.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hornet Flight?
Probably the chase by a Danish Nazi policeman of the young hero who must fly to England with important intelligence about the Luftwaffe.
Have you listened to any of Nigel Carrington’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I will certainly listen to more of his performances. He's great.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was just plain fun.
Any additional comments?
Follett's attention to technical, geographic and cultural detail about Denmark in the 1940s makes the book very engaging.