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on Feb. 12, 2012 :
via the books description: "Riders of the Wind is a fascinating tale of romance and adventure in the pioneering world of aviation", I jumped to the book for the chance to read a good love story and received so much more. I was totally entertained with the adventures and love between Charlie and Doretta Cross, while being subtly educated about aviation and points in history. I loved this book and can't wait to read DeBurgh's next book in the series Winds of Fate.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2011 :
A historical fictional story about the early years of aviation. Charlie and Doretta take us through the years and different airplanes in the years before WWII. The author does a good job of explaining the differences the pilots were dealing with as each new plane came along without getting too technical, yet leaving you feeling like you might be able to fly one with the knowledge shared and how the commercial airlines came about, the pilots clothing and the different types of pilots/planes by weaving the story of Charlie and Doretta into it all. Do be aware this is nearly 700 pages long so you won't be able to read it all in one sitting!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 16, 2011 :
Riders of the Wind is a very fascinating look back to the early days of aviation. Everything was new and experimental and DeBurgh describes the era in a way that expresses the passion and excitement of the time.
The adventures and misadventures of the pilots flying airmail, rumrunning, competing in air races and exploring new routes through the Amazon makes for some very exciting reading.
The courtship, marriage and absolute love shared between the two main characters, Charlie and Doretta Cross and the bond they have with their friends makes this more than just an aviation story. The tough times during the depression and prohibition era shape the events that take place and the addition of several historic characters add reality to the book.
Riders of the Wind is tale of romance, adventure, tears and laughter with a little mysticism mixed in creating a balanced mixture of all the elements that make a great novel. The reader does not have to an aviation fan to enjoy this book, it is a great story that will leave the reader wanting for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 08, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed Riders of the Wind.
The novel spans the early days of the aeronautical industry, and how that industry survived the Great Depression and spawned the common names we know today such as TWA, Eastern Airlines, American Airlines Lockheed and Boeing.
It follows the lives of a real aviation family, Charles and Doretta Cross and includes several historical characters such as Charles Lindbergh and his family as some of the books minor characters.
An aviation enthusiast will find much to like in the book, as it provides details of the technology that the pioneers of flight wrestled around the sky.
The book has romance, danger and and tense moments, with a dabble of fantasy thrown in. All in all a very entertaining read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)