The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

Monday, December 30, 2019

Finally catching up on reviews after a bit of a hiatus. I have been doing a lot of reading so I hope that I have some reviews saved up for awhile.


Set during the London Blitz and “Operation Columba,” when British Services enlisted the aid of over 200,000 homing pigeons to carry coded messages across enemy lines and into Nazi-occupied Europe, THE LONG FLIGHT HOME is based on little-known, though deeply moving historical events. It’s an almost-love story between two orphans brought together, and then driven apart by war; a testament to the heroism of animals; a bittersweet tale of love, sacrifice, and the tragedy of war inspired by actual events…

from a time when hope truly was the thing with feathers...


The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad is an amazing book for anyone interested in World War II History. The book is about how the British Army utilized homing pigeons during the war. This is told through the story of Susan and her grandfather Bertie, who trained homing pigeons and were “recruited” by the British army to provide them with homing pigeons for various missions. Of course, what good historical fiction book doesn’t include a romance, and this one had an interesting one. Ollie, and American came to join the British Army and ends up helping Susan and Bertie train the pigeons, but also ends up on a mission with the pigeons. 

I thought this story was a great way to tell the less known story of the use of homing pigeons, and my description doesn’t give this story justice at all, because if I tried to tell you more I’d ruin the story for you.

I give this book at 4 out of 5 ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed Alan’s writing. I was not only invested in what was going to happen to Susan, Ollie and Bertie, but I also found myself invested in the pigeons themselves.

Thank you Netgalley, Alan Hlad and Kensington Books for the advanced readers copy.

The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad was released on June 25, 2019, and is available to read NOW.

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