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Wings of a Flying Tiger

(Tiger Saga #1)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  41 reviews
World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim.

Jasmine Bai, an art student who
Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 20th 2018 by Open Books
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Paul Falk
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
World War II has always been heralded as one of my favorite periods of historical fiction. Author Iris Yang accommodated me with her well-written narrative that cried out to the ravages that shook the war-torn country of China. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were murdered at the hands of the invading Japanese. There were two main protagonists; they were both were well-drawn. My heart sank just a little deeper with every passing scene. At times the anguish was almost unbearabl ...more
Cynthia Hamilton
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I became intrigued by “Wings of a Flying Tiger” by Iris Yang after watching a video of her speaking about the book. I have read quite a lot of historically novels centered around WWII, but this was my first look at what that war looked like from the viewpoint of the Chinese.

I was immediately drawn into the story from the first sentence, caught up in the battle between Japanese airmen and two American Flying Tigers. Frightening, fast-paced and realistic, I hung on every word, fearing the worst.

Yan Li
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is an unbelievable feat written by a doctor who is trained in modern biotechnology. The author offered her vivid and insightful but accurate description on some major historical events during the time period when the Japanese invaded China during WWII. Stories unfold quickly and intensely and the book grabs its reader attention from beginning to the end.
The book is historical fiction, but it is painfully reflecting one of the most brutal periods in human history. “…Surrounded by mountai
Gail Nelson
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Didn't know anything about this book when I started and was I pleasantly surprised. Very graphic yet emotional read. Loved it!
Darque  Dreamer
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Content/Trigger Warning: Violence, Murder, Gore, Rape, and Suicide

Wings of a Flying Tiger was fast paced and intense. It was full of horror, sadness, and acts of incredible bravery. It was a real eye opener to just how low man can sink in the throes of war and hatred, and how fear can bring people to work together.

This one was definitely hard to read. It was also a bit of a history lesson. I honestly had no idea a massacre like this had taken place in China. Though the story itself was fiction,
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iris Yang’s Wings of a Flying Tiger, from its cover to its bittersweet ending, contrasts the horrible brutality and reality of war against the spirits of sacrifice, devotion, and love in an altogether poignant and powerful novel.

The story follows Jasmine Bai, a highly educated art student and coveted Chinese beauty caught in the midst of the 1937 fall of Nanking. By the end of the siege, 300,000 are left dead by the Japanese and hundreds of thousands of other lives are left forever traumatized a
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-crafted historical fiction with a distinctly cinematic feel to it...

Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by love, sacrifice and bravery. The author weaves a well-crafted heroic story with emotional highs and lows that will captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. Skillfully constructed, this historical fiction revolves around the two main characters Jasmine and Danny, set against th
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jasmine Bai has been sent to live with her aunt, uncle and cousins in Chungking during World War II.  Her parents are still in Nanking teaching at a college.  As the Japanese close in and the danger intensifies, Jasmine decides to travel to Nanking and convince her parents to leave.  Jasmine arrives in Nanking just as the Japanese decide to massacre everyone in their path.  Jasmine miraculously survives Nanking after witnessing unspeakable atrocities and reunites with aunt, uncle and cousin in t ...more
Violet A.
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a haunting and heartbreaking novel set in China just before the beginning of World War Two. It shows a side of history that can be overlooked and offers a raw, vivid picture of the atrocities committed in the name of war and country.

The pages are filled with so much anguish and unimaginable suffering that it can be hard to take in at times, and at the same time it voices the courageous inner strength and convictions of it’s central characters. It is a stor
Dave Wurtsmith
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though it's fiction, this book is brutal. Many first-time authors tend to mollycoddle their characters; although it's clear she loves her characters dearly, Iris Yang is not one of those authors. It's rare to find a writer who intersperses moments of loving tenderness and peaceful village life with horrific scenes of bloody warfare, mass execution, and rape, and does it in a way that makes narrative sense and feels believable. But somehow, Iris Yang makes the whole story come together in a ...more
Courtney Archerd
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wings of a Flying Tiger is most definitely a story worth reading. Iris Yang vividly pictures a well grounded and loving Chinese family, destined for the cruelty of war and devastation. They bond with an American pilot who came to China with a group of volunteers (The Flying Tigers) fighting against Japanese invaders, of which is a magnificent story in itself. This reflective view of history is just the story we need for this generation, as we heard about the American involvement in China's part ...more
Reviewer The Brown Bookloft
Publication Date: May 2018 by Open Books

Summary: Jasmine Bai, a university student, leaves the relative security of her uncle’s house in Chungking to find her parents in Nanking. It is 1937 and the Japanese are reported near the Republic of China’s capital. Having already ravaged Peking and Shanghai, the Japanese army is headed to Nanking. Jasmine fears for the safety of her parents, both esteemed educators. Her father, Professor Bai, with his fluency in Japanese, is confident that he could help
Lucy Hope
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me for free by Open Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

This is a tale of true heroism and immeasurable strength and resilience during a time of great sadness and war. Truth be told, I'm hit and miss when it comes to historical fiction as could be seen from my review for A Conversation With A Cat. However, I was truly moved by this novel.
It is action-packed with good pacing, you're kept on your toes at all times with the need to discover what happe
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this historical fiction from BookGlow as a free ebook in exchange for review with a bit of skepticism and relatively no previous knowledge of the Japanese invasion of China. I learned a lot, and the story Iris Yang presents through Wings of a Flying Tiger has tied my heart into knots. By the end of the first chapter, I was already crying.

The story begins with a scene of two American pilots being shot out of the sky by the Japanese. It then shifts perspectives to the story's heroine, J
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Original review on my blog *

I chose this book due to my interest in the historical fiction war theme in China and wanting to learn more about the Flying Tigers.

The Fei Hu, or Flying Tigers, were the First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942 recruited under presidential authority. The character of Danny is one of those pilots who gets shot down near the small village of Tao Hua Cun—Village of Peach Blossoms where Jasmine and her cousin, Daisy, rescue the hero who
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wings of a Flying Tiger is a really pulls in the reader, a shows us the heights of human goodness, and also the horrible savage madness that happens during war, in this case the worst war we experienced in the 20th century. I had heard of the Massacre of Nanking, but I had been intimidated to read more into the events. Reading historical fiction is a passion of mine, and having read some interview questions from Miss Yang, I was moved by the feelings of a duty Yang expressed as a Chinese-America ...more
Roy Murry
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This story is a compelling drama that shows the brutality of the human race and culture clashes of three: the Chinese, Japanese, and USA Americans.

Unfortunately, war by Imperialist brings them together in China before the entrance of the USA into World War II.

A Flying Tiger, American volunteer pilots who flew for the Chinese Nationals, has to survive from a battle. He does but with wounds that need time and mending, landing near a remo
Rebecka Jäger
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iris Yang became one of my favorite authors while I read Wings of a Flying Tiger. The marvelous book cover aroused my interest in the first place and I love war literature. But Yang's book isn't just about war. Despite the tragic setting of the Nanking massacre, her text is smooth and the word choices are beautiful.

"Daylight had taken its last breath and dusk had settled in. In the twilight, gunfire flashed like lightning over Purple Mountain to the east of the city, and the sky to the south gl
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Jennifer Young
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wings of a Flying Tiger is a historical fiction about the rescue of an American pilot during WWII in China. I’m usually not a big fan of historical fiction but this book drew me in instantly as I started reading it.
As the story unraveled, my heart pounded, with an emotional ups and downs of warmth, love, worry, anguish, and sadness—some of which are so strong that it felt almost unbearable. The Japanese invasion was brutal, but this story isn’t about cruelty or violence; it’s about love, sacrifi
Susan Sage
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply stated yet intricate in detail…Horrific yet tender…Unlikely but apt pairings that somehow fit the emotional architecture of this historical novel set in China during WWII. It’s indeed possible that I experienced all five stages of grief following the death of one of the characters (no spoiler alerts)…Yes, this is difficult reading, but Yang’s vivid characterizations and superb storytelling compel you to continue on. Many American readers will be appalled by the wartime atrocities the Japa ...more
Priscilla King
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This historical novel about the horrors of war is painful to read, but in a good, cleansing, motivating way. Jasmine, a young art student, tries to rescue her parents and finds them dead. Then goes back to a remote village where some relatives live and finds an injured American pilot in a field. He's a "Flying Tiger," one of a US-Chinese group flying fighter planes, like Jasmine's cousin Birch. The whole village helps nurse Danny Hardy back to health, and he and Jasmine fall in love. Then the Ja ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first opportunity I've ever had to review a book written by an acquaintance of mine. I knew this book was in process. I was very happy for the author when she announced that her first book was to be published. It was a thrill for me to see it in real life on a book shelf! The cover of the book is beautiful. I was excited to get home and begin reading.
Yes, there is rape, murder, suicide and lots of blood shed within the pages of this book. However, interwoven between what you may not
Anna Casament Arrigo
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written. Powerful. I had to actually had to take breaks for crying sessions. Extraordinary historical fiction that captures not only the brutality of WWII (China-Japan) but, also the courage a young girl in the midst of chaos and great personal loss! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I am so looking forward to the next novel (Nov. 2018)
5 stars+++++++++++
My favorite genre?Historical Fiction!I LOVE learning for learning’s sake!
When a piece of history is masterfully woven into a narrative,you’ve got me!
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent historical fiction book surrounding the Nanking Massacre and Flying Tigers. The main heroine is a strong female character whose courage saved the life of a brave American Flying Tiger.
Ryan Hixson
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wings of a Flying Tiger takes place just before American involvement in World War II up to full involvement. It's a story I haven't read before about the invasions of Japan into China and all the bloodshed and murder that was caused. The writing is brutal and does not hold anything depicting acts of violence you hope are fiction. The story is a modern day tragedy about Japan's superior force dismantling China's forces and American forces stepping in to even the score, with a love story thrown in ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy from Iris Yang in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 / 5

Wings of a Flying Tiger delves into the Chinese experience during World War II under Japanese invasion. When I started this book, I had no idea of the atrocities committed against the Chinese during this time. Though the book is a work of fiction, the author, Iris Yang, based several of the key events, like the Nanking Massacre, on her own family’s experiences. Wings of a Flying Tiger introduces Danny Hardy,
Jeff Skelley
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Your novel is truly an insightful and inspiring testimony to heroism and tragedy, which so often go hand in hand. It proves that freedom comes with a hefty price tag. It is also a tribute to the invincible courage of the Chinese people. My father , after seeing the Burma Road from the air, and helping to keep it open with his fighter plane, told me you will never stop the Chinese people from accomplishing anything. If they have to cross a river over the dead bodies of their own people to do it, ...more
Marco Subias
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this tale of bloody chaos caused by Imperial Japan’s brutal invasion of China. Iris Yang paints a fascinating picture of life in that country during this period. The details of how people actually lived then really interested me. She never data dumps this though, and the story moves along smoothly. Characterization is strong and there is plenty of suspense and action.

A major twist takes place near the end which readers who need completely happy endings may not like. While the
Cheryl Lawson
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to read. The unceasing brutality of the invading Japanese is the main premise and it is not for the faint-hearted.
Let me, rather say that I am in awe of the author for persisting with the telling of a tale set in what is, clearly, a brutal and savage chapter in the history of relations between China and Japan. The horrors described can not have been easy to write and revisit during editing.
While I am not a fan of the book (I don't like graphic violence), the story is told wi
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Iris Yang, a Chinese-American author, wrote two historical novels to thank the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) for their sacrifices and contributions in WWII in China. Now she has been invited to the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans Reunion in September 2019, and she was interviewed on National Public Radio (WUNC's The State of Things) for her hard work.

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