The Balloonist by James Long

BalloonistIt’s 1914 and Will Fraser leaves Scotland after his father’s death to get involved in the war in Europe. Following the death of his comrade Claude Tavernier, Fraser is missing for two years then resurfaces as Claude Taverner, becoming a balloon observer, flying above the battlefields directing guns from below.  Lots of interesting characters – from Hoffmann the American journalist, Tavernier’s wife Gabrielle and the frequent appearances of the King and Queen of Belgium. Ends with Fraser being offered a chance to help the war effort in USA. To be continued?  I hope so!

This is a first world war action adventure, with lots of military detail but it feels relevant and vibrant and you feel yourself carried away with the story. There’s also a believable romantic sideline, that doesn’t overwhelm the story.

Alison

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