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To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight. Book Two.

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To Caress the Air continues to track the progress of Augustus Herring as he prepares to fly his revolutionary powered aeroplane. Gus, still optimistic after a series of nagging technical setbacks, believes that the upcoming trials will be the "next great step" in unraveling the problems of manned, heavier-than-air flight.

A series of tragic events pushed Herring to
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Paperback, 786 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Write Associates LLC
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Carolyn
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well researched with detailed descriptions, making this a well written and interesting read. Photos and drawings are embedded in the text. The story moves along nicely. The author's writing style is a pleasure to read. Herring's story is a long one. Moving from court testimony to flashbacks holds the reader's interest while taking you back to the exciting, cutthroat days of the competition among men who all wanted to be the first to fly.
Sandy Eichelberger
Writing a good historical, fictional biography mandates a great deal of research and it’s readily apparent that Gierke has done his homework. Not only has he provided tremendous details of the events of Augustus Herring’s struggle for recognition of his contribution to early aeronautics, but Gierke’s personal expertise on aviation is abundantly apparent. The drawings and images that are strategically placed throughout the text, help readers better understand the technical aspects and give a phys ...more
Dee Serrio
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Augustus Herring deserved to win his case. Book I of To Caress the Air has the reader convinced that the evidence proves that Gus was responsible for the invention of the aeroplane. However, as the author expertly presents documented facts that took years to research, the reader is left at the end of Book I wondering if this man will, indeed, be credited for his accomplishments.
To Caress the Air is an historical fiction work that challenges the reader especially the reader who expects to learn
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Julia
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical adventure and exploration novels take many forms and “To Caress the Air” is one of the best. If you are looking for an interesting, highly-detailed account of the times and technology of early aeroplane development, David Gierke’s two-volume biographical novel of Augustus Herring is the book for you.

The author combines a novelist’s suspense and an historian’s accuracy with style and solid research, adding much to the literature addressing the on-going question of who really invented
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Peggy Terranova
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began reading the book with an open mind as I am not familiar with aviation history and this period of time in history. After reading the first few pages, I was hooked and needed to know the story of Augustus Herring. The author did an incredible amount of research and it shows in the development of the characters and the details that are woven throughout the pages. The author has captured the ability to paint pictures through his words which enable the reader to picture the settings where the ...more
Carolyn
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well researched with detailed descriptions, making this a well written and interesting read. Photos and drawings are embedded in the text. The story moves along nicely. The author's writing style is a pleasure to read. Herring's story is a long one. Moving from court testimony to flashbacks holds the reader's interest while taking you back to the exciting. cutthroat days of the competition among men who all wanted to be the first to fly.
Paul Geders
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth may finally be coming to the surface! Fascinating book based on state Supreme Court documentation. But, there seems to some politics creeping in. Makes you wonder who the first to fly a man-carrying motorized airplane really was? Can't wait for Book Two!
Kent Landefeld
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Shows in depth research. Answers the question why we had no American combat planes in World War I with an expose of America's antiquated patent laws at that time.
Warren Dubuke
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book! Dave did a thorough job researching this aviation pioneer. His writing pulls you back more than a hundred years to be with Herring and follow along with Herring's adventures.
Peggy Terranova
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Two continues with the fascinating story of Augustus Herring and further delves into the genius that he was. Augustus Herring had ideas that were unheard of for this time in history but that didn't stop him from bringing them to life. The book cleverly steps back in time as Gus is testifying during his trial to explain to the reader what happened in the years leading up to the trial. It makes the reader stop and think about the injustices Gus suffered at the hands of people who were clearly ...more
Julia
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical adventure and exploration novels take many forms and “To Caress the Air” is one of the best. If you are looking for an interesting, highly-detailed account of the times and technology of early aeroplane development, David Gierke’s two-volume biographical novel of Augustus Herring is the book for you.

The author combines a novelist’s suspense and an historian’s accuracy with style and solid research, adding much to the literature addressing the on-going question of who really invented
...more
Paul Geders
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IMPRESSIVE…what honest, thorough, accurate, research produces…the truth!
After enjoying reading “Caress the Air” by C. David Gierke and letting it sink in for about a month I have come to the realization that, in my mind, Augustus M. Herring flew a heavier than airplane in 1896 long before the Wright Brothers claim to “controlled flight” in 1903. The opposite of controlled flight is uncontrolled flight which results in crashing. Mr. Herring achieved simple controlled flight by weight-shifting, a
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Warren Dubuke
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The adventure of flight with Augustus Herring at the controls continues from book one. It seems to me Herring wanted nothing more than to advance the state-of-the-art of flying machines. Instead he
ran into people who for various reasons wanted Herring to fail. Book two explains many of the ingenious power plant and aircraft testing devices Herring invented. Dave did a great job writing these two books.
Kent Landefeld
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Continues the theme of Book One and adds an answer to the question why America had no American fighter planes in World War I. It seems the antiquated patent laws stifled American development.
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