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Flying Angels Audio CD – Unabridged, November 23, 2021
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Audrey Parker’s life changes forever when Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7, 1941. Her brother, a talented young Navy pilot, had been stationed there, poised to fulfill their late father’s distinguished legacy. Fresh out of nursing school with a passion and a born gift for helping others, both Audrey and her friend Lizzie suddenly find their nation on the brink of war. Driven to do whatever they can to serve, they enlist in the Army and embark on a new adventure as flight nurses.
Risking their lives on perilous missions, they join the elite Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron and fly into enemy territory almost daily to rescue wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Audrey and Lizzie make enormous sacrifices to save lives alongside an extraordinary group of nurses: Alex, who longs to make a difference in the world; Louise, a bright mind who faced racial prejudice growing up in the South; Pru, a selfless leader with a heart of gold; and Emma, whose confidence and grit push her to put everything on the line for her patients.
Even knowing they will not achieve any rank and will receive little pay for their efforts, the “Flying Angels” will give their all in the fight for freedom. They serve as bravely and tirelessly as the men they rescue on the front lines, in daring airlifts, and are eternally bound by their loyalty to one another. Danielle Steel presents a sweeping, stunning tribute to these incredibly courageous women, inspiring symbols of bravery and valor.
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc.; Unabridged edition (November 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1705024793
- ISBN-13 : 978-1705024799
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #356,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book describes the flight nurses based in England flying to combat areas to evacuate wounded soldiers prior to June 1944.
In Chapter 8: “The planes flew into areas of heavy fighting and brought out as many wounded as they could…”
In Chapter 9: “They were close to the German lines,” and “They could see the German battle line from the air…” The book describes the flight back to England from the front lines taking an hour and a half by a “circuitous route”. On top of that, “they did five flights that day.”
The Normandy Invasion doesn’t occur in the story until Chapter 11.
Although flight nurses did fly from England prior to D-Day, they flew to places like Scotland, Iceland, and the Azores to pick up wounded military personnel. They went nowhere near German front lines although they were at risk from German aircraft.
Prior to D-Day Flight nurses were active in the Mediterranean but they were based in North Africa and later Sicily and Southern Italy.
If C 47 transport planes were in fact flying from Sicily or Southern Italy to Southern England, the flight would have taken 7 1/2 hours and that only if they flew by the most direct route over occupied France.
There are so many repetitious thoughts and sentences over and over and over. At times when there were passages about how specific battles unfolded, the words read like a non-fiction factual document. And, basically all the girl's romances were so sappy and predictable I was able to skim the pages quickly due to no substance and all fluff.
As for historical accuracy, I don't think so. Some events felt not quite right. Another Amazon reviewer clearly states that the author was very inaccurate.
I read a lot of WWII novels and can honestly say this was the worst I have read. If this is the quality Steel is pumping out these days I am done with her. In her earlier years her books were well written and enjoyable. I am sorry, I cannot give this book a good review or recommend it. Give it a miss!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a time in history that feels all too real when you are living it day after day in the heart of a group of strongly told characters.
Despite my "nitpicking," this in no way hinders the main story. These ladies were there to save the soldiers, and a few gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country. Spend some time with this story.
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So enjoyed this one Danielle, thank you.
The ones that were left should have a better life.
Thoroughly recommend this book.