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By Ken Follett

Ken Follett follows his bestsellers Jackdaws and Code to Zero with a rare novel of early days of global warfare II...

It is June 1941 and the warfare isn't going good for England.  around the North Sea, eighteen-year-old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut at the German-occupied Danish island of Sande an discovers an miraculous sight that would switch the momentum of the war.  He needs to get observe to England-except that he has no strategy to get there.  He has simply an previous derelict Hornet Moth biplane rusting away in a ruined church: a airplane so decrepit that it's not likely ever to get off the ground...even if Harald knew easy methods to fly it.

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