Giveaway & Review: Wings of Fear by Helene Young

Title: Wings of Fear

Author: Helene Young

Published: Hachette Australia Feb  2011

Synopsis: Above the crystal-blue waters of North Queensland, Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the vast Australian coastline. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, she is immediately suspicious. Why is he boarding her plane when she isn’t there? And why is he asking so many questions? What Morgan doesn’t know is that Rafe has her under surveillance. Critical information about their Border Watch operations is being leaked and she is the main suspect, but when Morgan and Rafe are shot down in a tragic midair attack, they realise they have to start working together – and quickly. One of Australia’s most loved icons is the next target and they have only nine days to stop it. Will they uncover details of the plot in time, or will the tension that is growing between them jeopardise everything? Read an Excerpt

Status: Read on January 06, 2012 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

The coastline of Queensland stretches some 6973 km (or 4333 miles) and protecting it is a daunting prospect, particularly in the sparsely populated region of the far north which is vulnerable as a point for illegal entry to Australia. Coastal surveillance is a huge operation involving patrol by sea and air and Helene Young, a pilot herself, recognised it’s unique potential as a setting for Wings of Fear.

In Wings of Fear, Captain Morgan Pentland is a pilot for the Border Watch fleet in far north Queensland. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, it becomes obvious that he has an agenda Morgan and her team are not privy to. Acting on suspicions of a leak in the fleet Rafe has Morgan under close surveillance, concerned that the information is being used to create an opportunity for terrorist activity. By the time the truth is uncovered, Morgan and Rafe have just days to thwart a plot to blow up one of the country’s busiest harbours, Circular Quay.

Balancing action, adventure, mystery and romance is something Helene Young proves she is skilled at over the length of this novel. From the first page I was captured by the mystery of the murdered man and then quickly absorbed in the adventure of patrolling Queensland’s coastline by air. By the time Morgan and her crew were shot down by a surface to air missile I was turning the pages as fast as I could.

It wasn’t only the exciting pace of the story that had me engrossed, the characters in Wings of Fear are well developed and interesting personalities. Morgan has come from a background of violence and intimidation, issues she is struggling with in her current relationship despite her best intentions to not repeat the mistakes of her mother. Intelligent and down to earth, Morgan is an admirable protagonist who is easy to relate to.
Rafe has already been the victim of a terrorist act that decimated his team and the hunt for the spy within Border Watch is both professionally and personally motivated. Though he has the traits of a fairly typical romance hero- handsome and strong with a touch of arrogance, he has a emotional depth that is appealing.
I also enjoyed the supporting characters, Laurie as the incurable flirt and Gavin, the more serious member of Morgan’s flight crew. The author is able to build tension around the identity of spy amongst them and though the clues are there, doubt keeps the reader guessing.

What particularly struck me in Wings of Fear is Young’s ability to evoke the Australian people, culture and place without resorting to cliche phrases or over the top references. I can’t tell you how rare that is, and how much it added to my enjoyment of the novel. In particular, the dialogue has a genuine Australian ‘accent’ with a cadence that is natural and familiar.

Wings of Fear heralds wonderful things to come from Helene Young with a second book, Shattered Sky released recently (to be reviewed soon) and a third to be published mid year. With a unique sense of place, engaging characters and an interesting story, Wings of Fear is an entertaining and exciting read.


About the Author

Award winning author, Helene Young, grew up thinking everyone read books and invented stories.  Starting school and realising this was not the case was a shock. However, she soon discovered English was her favourite subject and Enid Blyton Mysteries her favourite stories. She may have moved on from the Five Find-Outers and Dog, but she hasn’t lost her love of suspense and intrigue. It was partly that passion for all things adventurous that saw her take to the air as a pilot in 1989. Twenty-three years later she’s now a senior Check and Training Captain with Australia’s largest regional airline and lives in North Queensland.  When she’s not writing, you’ll find her flying Dash 8 aircraft with the best office view in the world.

Her contemporary suspense stories are set in wild and wonderful Northern Australia, a landscape just begging to be showcased in novels filled with intrigue and romance. Her first two books, ‘Wings of Fear’ and ‘Shattered Sky’, were released by Hachette Australia. Her third book, Burning Lies is due for release in July 2012 by Penguin Australia. ‘Wings of Fear’ was awarded The Romantic Book of the Year 2011 by the Romance Writers of Australia. It was also voted Favourite Romantic Suspense 2010 by the Australian Romance Readers Association.

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:03:14

    Would like to be counted in for this one. Enjoy Sea Patrol and Border Patrol so much, this is for me.



  2. roro @roro is reading[rogier]
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:22:52

    sounds cool
    tnx4 reviewing

    good luck all



  3. Juliet Madison
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 11:29:33

    Was great to be there when Helene won the award for this book! (And it’s been on my ‘must-read list’ for a while, patiently awaiting me to finish other books!).

    I ‘liked’ the facebook post, and tweeted also (@juliet_madison).

    Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

    Juliet (from NSW)



  4. Michelle (Mish)
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:56:35

    This sounds really good. Count me in 🙂



  5. Angie S.
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 13:37:56

    Sounds like a widely suspenseful page-turner!



  6. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 13:46:45

    I think I heard Helene speak at the Sisters in Crime conference last year (unless there’s another pilot-turned-writer called Helene floating about). She was fascinating to listen to, and her books sound brilliant. Thanks for the review!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 14:07:26

      I am sure it is the same, she has been delightful to correspond with and I am thrilled that she will be visiting my local library in March as a guest author



      • Brenda
        Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:25:15

        Shelleyrae, will Helene be coming to the Taree library in March? When? I would love to meet her…love her books!



  7. Mary Preston
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 14:24:40

    WINGS OF FEAR looks like a book I will enjoy. I like the idea of a story about Customs & protecting the border.

    +1 LIKED the review on Goodreads.

    Mary P




  8. Brenda
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:28:27

    Absolutely love Helene’s books….I would love an autographed copy of ‘Wings of Fear’…thanks for the opportunity.

    +1 Liked your review on GR.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:39:17

      It’s not quite official yet but yes Helene Young and Lisa Heidke will be guests at Taree Library on March 8th. It would be great if you could come Brenda!



  9. Brenda
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 17:49:39

    I’ll definitely do my best….it would be awesome to meet them both!! Thanks Shelleyrae:)



  10. Teddyree
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 20:39:23

    I don’t know how I’ve missed this Australian author but thanks for the wonderful review and putting Helene Young on my radar. Wings of Fear is going on my wishlist 🙂



  11. Teddyree
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 20:43:04

    and yes I’d love to be included in the giveaway thanks 🙂
    +1 Sheree – QLD

    +1 I tweeted

    +1 I liked on GR



  12. Marianne Vincent
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 05:38:33

    I’ve never read any by Helene Young, but it sounds like gripping Aussie drama, very topical. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for offering it, Shellyrae.



  13. Iris Blobel
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 20:20:04

    As of yet i still have to read a book by Helene YOung, but I’ve only read very good reviews ….. I’ve tweeted, FB’d and am going to find you on GR now 🙂

    Thanks for a great review!



  14. Mademoiselle Slimalicious
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 09:29:46

    I would love a chance to read this book, it sounds interesting! Thanks for another great review! – Mademoiselle Slimalicious (from NSW)



  15. Helene
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 13:34:33

    Thanks for the wonderful review, Shelleyrae.

    Looking forward to meeting you, Brenda and others at Taree in March. Without readers, writing would be an even more solitary occupation so I love having the opportunity to chat with them all!



  16. Pandora
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 17:39:43

    Would love to read this book! Got me interested because it’s based around the waters in Queensland (where I used to live) and I’m intrigued that the author is a pilot herself. Should be interesting reading!
    Was a wonderful review, also!



  17. Sherron
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 17:47:16

    Would love to get this!! Wonderful review



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