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Wings of Deceit


Loved it! 😍

A powerful story about a pilot who's being forced to weigh the only thing that gives his life meaning up against the actual lives of others.

I’m an air-travel geek who likes thrillers, so my interest was well and truly piqued by the synopsis of this book. I was expecting a quick, irreverent story about some drama on an airplane. That’s not what I got. This book is much more than that, and much better for it.

Wings of Deceit follows a pilot, Mac, who settles in for a routine flight between Seattle and Hawaii with some trepidation. He’s a senior captain who loves flying, yet there’s something weighing on him. He has a sense that this particular flight will be different. Once disaster strikes, Mac has to face up to some hard truths about choices he’s made, and about what turned him into the person who’d make them.

This book isn’t exactly action-packed, at least not in the way one might expect from an aircraft-thriller, but it’s extremely compelling. A disaster is occurring in present-day, and the events that led to this moment are gradually revealed through flashbacks. Rather than consisting of twists and turns this book is like watching a freight train (or a freight plane, perhaps?) moving slowly toward an inevitable point of impact. It’s going to get there, but the tension as you find out how it gets there is tangible.

The storytelling is captivating. There is the occasional overdone cliche, but most of the time the book strikes a note that feels exactly right. It’s colourful and vivid when describing landscapes, airports, and even social interactions, and at times absolutely brilliant in how it conveys emotion. It invokes the whole spectrum of feelings, from angst, loneliness, and desperation, various forms of love, and the loss of it. Some emotional punches are predictable, others less so, but they all landed firmly in my gut.

On the face of it, Wings of Deceit is an easy book to recommend as a light thriller, but, despite being deceptively short, the book packs a substantial and powerful story. I’d highly recommend it, but anyone who picks up this book expecting a light thriller – and only that – will either be a little disappointed, or very pleasantly surprised. I was pleasantly surprised. Despite it being about a disaster in the air, most of the book, and most of the impact of the book, comes from the underlying story about a lonely man who keeps losing his grip on the things he loves, and who is desperate to keep hold of the thing he loves the most.

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About the author

William Hoffman attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and will complete a residency in Neurology in San Antonio, TX. He is a pilot fascinated by the interface between neuroscience and aerospace. He is an avid airplane spotter, coffee drinker, and frequent brewery dweller with his wife. view profile

Published on April 15, 2019

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Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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