by Alan Hlad
“The Long Flight Home” is a marvelous historical fiction novel that describes the role of pigeons in World War II. Alan Hlad is the author of this best-selling novel. Alan Hlad is a corporate executive turned writer. He usually writes about Historical Novel Society, Literary Cleveland, and the Akron Writers Group. The Long Flight Home is his first novel. In this novel, Alan Hlad talked about World War II, how pigeons help in this War. In September 1940, when German attacks on Britain. After losing her parents, Susan spends more time with pigeons and her grandfather, Bertie.
Susan has soft-corner for all birds but one is special, intelligent and most beautiful, his name is Duchess. Duchess is used for conveying the secret messages that might help in the war. Alan Hlad says, all birds were trained in the U.K. and then flown over France and dropped in little cages attached to parachutes, with canisters, paper, and tiny pencils attached so that resistance fighters, British troops behind enemy lines and sympathetic Frenchmen could send back news that might help the war effort. Furthermore, Alan Hlad talks about Susan friend, whose name is Ollie, who joins the Royal Air Force.