Walt Shiel edited the description of Once a Knight: A Novel of Aerial Combat & Romance in World War I (Dawn of Aviation) Saturday, February 18, 2012.
World War I: Air combat is invented
"The aerial duels seem very real and you are in the
"Flames licked out from under the
battlefield. May 1917: America is gearingup to enterthe brutal conflict,and the Sopwith Camel
"Once a Knight is
"A superbly crafted historical novel of aerial combat
service. Many individual Americans, however, have long since signed onto fight the war.
In 1916, Everett Ross
quitthe Texas Rangers and traveled to England to jointhe Royal Flying Corps, tradinghis horse for a Nieuport pursuit biplane.No stranger to violence and death, now-LieutenantRoss duels with German pilots in the pristine skies above the grimy trenches where foot soldiers fight for victory foot by bloody foot.
Between dogfights, Ross loses his heart to a young French beauty whose domineering mother fights her own battle to protect Geneviéve from this American cowboy
wearinga British uniform. Ross soon must decide between love and duty, between orders and necessity.
"Very nostalgic and entertaining, with plenty of action, humor and romance." -Janelle Meraz Hooper, author of Boogie, Boots & Cherry Pie
"I highly recommend Once A Knight as a charming romantic action adventure that provides a nostalgic look at a different time." -John H. Manhold, award-winning fiction/non-fiction author
This fast-moving story combines romance and combat action in a
landknocked out of kilter by a deadly war often seemingly without objectives.
As a pursuit pilot in the
Warto End All Wars,Ross struggles to maintain his own sense of honor and valor in the midst of chaos and death. The combat sequences are told as only an experienced military pilot and historian can. Walt Shiel, long fascinated by the rapid evolution of aerial warfare
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the First World War, has studied innumerable books and articles written by the men who flew and fought in the Great War. His understanding of aviation, combat tactics and their development brings the aerial scenesto vivid life. His knowledge of how those knights of the air lived, loved and died puts the reader in their flying boots and cockpits, complete with the emotions that drove them, the doubts that haunted them, the death that stalked them.
Shelfari edited the description of Once a Knight: A Novel of Aerial Combat & Romance in World War I (Dawn of Aviation) Tuesday, June 15, 2010.