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4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Wings is a stirring, cross-generational account of the love of flying inspired by the true story of Walt, a WWII RAF pilot, and his grandson Scott who has his sights set on becoming a modern day airline pilot.

Wings weaves together two tales: one set in war-torn northern England, and the other set in the modern-day Illawarra region of New South Wales. As Scott learns about
Paperback, 194 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Createspace (first published May 19th 2012)
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Andy Angel
May 28, 2012 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This multi-generation novel of a Grandfather and Grandson and how flying shaped their lives deserves to be the smash of the summer.
It tells of Walt (the Grandfather) and his life in Lancashire, England on the lead up to, and during WW2 and Scott (the Grandson) in modern day Australia.
Both stories have their own style and resonance of their time. Walt's tale is especially sweet and well told, capturing the true feel of pre war England to such an extent that you aren't just reading it, you are sh
Jun 08, 2012 Andria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a fantastically sweet story told in a very simplistic fashion. The essence of it reminded me of the stories which my grandfather used to tell me as a child with their wonderfully sharp images and fabulous descriptive clarity. It practically reads like a children's story; plain and simple language with inspirational characters that embark on their own version of life's big adventure.

`Wings' is a book which tells two very different stories: one of a grandfather and the other of his gr
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 03, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Wings covers two parallel stories. There is the story of Walt, the grandfather of Scott, who flies during WWII. Then there is the more present day story of Scott, who has his own dreams of flying. While I've never really wanted to fly myself, my husband has dreamt of eventually getting his pilot's license (my Valentine's Day present to him this past year was an introductory flight to make sure he still wanted to fly - he loved it). So I sort of understand the want to fly by proxy, if you will. ...more
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Wings is a story about grandfather, grandson and their love of… Flying. The story is divided into two parts, one about Walt and the other one about Scott.
Their words are completely different – Walt used to fight in Word War II, lost his friends and wife. Scott grew up on tales his grandfather told him. He wants to fly too, but even if the opportunities are better, it’s still not easy…

When Pete asked me to review ARC
Darren Sant
Jun 18, 2012 Darren Sant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wings is an old fashioned novel and I don’t mean that in a disparaging way. A fairly simple story of Scott and his granddad, Walt. The novel starts with Scott as a young man going to visit his granddad. The story then opens up and we learn about Walt’s past.

The author then switches between Scott’s progress in his quest to become a pilot and Walt’s exploits in Britain during the second world war. The characters are slowly developed and we learn about their dreams and aspirations. The temptation
Kate's Reads
Jul 23, 2014 Kate's Reads rated it really liked it
“Wings” by Pete Abela, is a tale of a grandfather and grandson that share the joy of flying with each other. Walt, the grandfather, is living in Lancashire, England at the start of World War II and is accepted into the R.A.F. as a pilot. Scott, the grandson, lives in Australia and begins his pursuit of his pilot’s license at the age of 16.

The story passes back and forth between the two very different trajectories to the same passion of flying. Both men work very hard to realize their dreams and
Amy Manemann
May 26, 2012 Amy Manemann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this touching story of a grandfather and grandson, both lives intertwined through a passion they both shared: Their love of flying. Pete Abela's potrayal of Walt's life during the depression and the aviation history of the Royal Air Force during World War II was well thought out and cleanly written, as was the more modern era of Scott's story. Author Pete Abela has a very crisp and clean writing style that is consistently shown throughout the book. If you enjoy history and aviation, ...more
Pete Abela
Jun 28, 2012 Pete Abela rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved it, although I may be biased.
Sandra  Valente
ARC received from author for review

You pretty much get the gist of the story from the blurb above, so I will share my thoughts.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As Pete Abela read on my blog that historical fiction wasn't really one of my favourite genres, he took a chance in the hope that he would be the second author whose book, in this very genre, would appeal to me. I said yes and my reason for this was the simple fact that I am surrounded by planes every single day of my life. Granted, they
Lauren K
3.5 stars

Wings is a charming story about Scott and his grandfather Walt who chase their aviation dreams during different eras. Walt pursued a pilot role through the Air Force during World War II while Scott pursues his dream job during modern times and ironically has a tougher time becoming a pilot than Walt did.

Not only does Wings fall into the historical fiction genre but it also asserts an old-fashioned love story that reminds me of The Notebook. I particularly enjoyed reading Walt’s experien
Laura Reading
Jul 12, 2015 Laura Reading rated it it was amazing
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I was very pleased to be chosen to read and review this novel.
I really like the concept of hearing life stories paralled between different generations.

Walt is an old man and his history of being a pilot is behind him. He flew during time of war.
Scott's story starts before he is even old enough to drive a car.
His dream of becoming a pilot is fresh and growing stronger.

Besides the flying dreams and stories shared in this wonderful novel, we also get to experience
the family dynamics and emotions
Sonia Root
Jan 22, 2015 Sonia Root rated it it was ok
Received an ARC from in exchange for an honest review.

I had my Husband read this book as he is an aviation expert. He has his recreational license, we fly all the time in our 172 Cessna, he has been building from scratch remote control and rubber powered planes since he was 5, he reads all things WWI and WWII. He can freakishly tell you the name and manufacturer of any plan in any historical or aviation publication (seriously we test this all the time).

He liked this book, the o
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For most of my adult life, I’ve been a left-brained computer scientist whose love of reading eventually led me to take up writing. Having surprised myself and those around me by getting Wings published, I’m now having fun dreaming up marketing strategies and publicity stunts – tasks I never could have envisaged doing ten years ago. I continue to stretch the boundaries of my right hemisphere and am ...more
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