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Riders of the Wind

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Riders of the Wind is an epic novel of adventure and romance set in the scene of aviation during the turbulent times of the nineteen twenties and thirties. The book follows the lives of Charles and Doretta Cross through the era of the great depression, prohibition, the airmail, and the formation of the infant airlines. It graphically portrays the danger, excitement and ...more
ebook, 600 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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Brenda Perlin
Aug 20, 2013 Brenda Perlin rated it it was amazing
This story opens up with such a moving scene having to do with a young man’s drive to fly an airplane. Already I can feel the passion the characters in this book and author has for the love of flying. Immediately the reader is being pulled into that passion with a one thrilling sensation after another.

"Riders of the Wind is a engaging story with a ton of adventure and just the right amount of romance. This book centers around airplane technology but there is so much more and I found this book t
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Cege Smith
Feb 26, 2012 Cege Smith rated it really liked it
A gem for anyone who loves to fly.

Riders of the Wind is the first in an epic series that outlines the very beginnings of the aviation industry as we know it today. The story is weaved through the life of Charlie Cross, who starts out as simply a man who discovers his love of flying as a teenager and follows his dream becoming a mail courier pilot and eventually part owner in an airline servicing the budding passenger airline industry amid such soon-to-be big name players as Pan Am, TWA, and Cont
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Alejandro Canton-Dutari
Riders of the Wind by Robert F. Deburgh
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I have always loved stories about flying. This one did not let me down as I was taken through a history of US aviation up to World War II, accompanied by a love story difficult to match nowadays.
A bonus was the not-well-known story of the antecedents of the eventual destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. I had read about the invisible tribes and the legends surrounding the subject. The narration of the fantasies that may have
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Jan
Aug 26, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Greta Burroughs
Mar 18, 2013 Greta Burroughs rated it it was amazing

Riders of the Wind takes the reader on a journey with Charlie and Doretta Cross during the pioneering days in aviation of the late 1920’s until the beginning of World War II. This couple participated in the great air races, rumrunning, the birth of the airlines and exploration in the jungles of Brazil.

I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a glimpse back in time to an era I am very interested in and even though the book is quite long, I was never bored. Aviation is the main theme runnin
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Ey
Feb 12, 2012 Ey rated it it was amazing
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.
E.A. Harwik
Feb 09, 2014 E.A. Harwik rated it it was amazing
We all know the stories about wooden ships and iron men. Riders of the Wind by Robert F. Deburgh might well be considered another, except it’s about men and women, and the ships are aircraft.

We take it for granted anywhere on earth with running hot water can be reached in micro seconds and arrived at within a day. This book is a fascinating account of American aviation, of bridging distance, and closing time gaps for travel, goods and information flow.

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Nicole Storey
Mar 21, 2014 Nicole Storey rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

History was my least favorite subject in school. I found it boring and lifeless. If they would switch from mundane texts to stories like this one, I think students would be happy to go to class each day.

There are so many aspects to the story between Charlie and Doretta. I found myself laughing, cheering, intrigued, and flying right along in my mind. You can tell by the details and information that is discreetly tucke
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Ed Drury
Feb 15, 2014 Ed Drury rated it it was amazing
I could not believe my good fortune when I won a copy of this book in an on line drawing. I found I had stumbled into a remarkable treasure of entertainment and history. This extremely well researched book had me going to the library and numerous online searches to find out more about this time period between the two world wars and especially the nonfictional characters in it. The story revolves around the life of Charles A. Cross and the early days of aviation from the early 1920's through to ...more
D.W. Davis
Mar 29, 2014 D.W. Davis rated it it was amazing
Robert F. DeBurgh's RIDERS OF THE WIND is an adventure filled airborne journey through the heady early days of commercial aviation, the time of Lindbergh and Earhart, inaugural records, and sometimes tragic exploits. The main characters, Charlie Cross, an easy to like humble hero, and his wife, Doretta, a lovable spitfire of a girl with incredible spirit, lead the reader through triumphs and tribulations, both aeronautic and personal, that leave the reader feeling as if he or she had been right ...more
Greta Burroughs
Aug 29, 2013 Greta Burroughs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riders of the Wind is a look back at life in the 1920's and 30's during the pioneering days in aviation. It is a novel that will appeal to lovers of aviation, history, action, adventure and mysticism. The description of the era and the people makes the reader feel as if he/she were really there.

The novel revolves around airplanes, airports, exploring mail and airline routes but there is more to it. Rider's of the Wind takes you on a journey and introduces you to people and places you will never
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