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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    I must say that I was a bit hesitant on reading a book about war

    I must say that I was a bit hesitant on reading a book about war. However, it sounded great so I took the chance. This is also the first time I was able to review a book on audio.

    First of all, I am completely hooked on the audio version of a book. I have to drive a lot to and from work as well as going back and forth for family matters. This book made my commute much more pleasurable.

    On Blazing Wings is a book about fate, love and circumstances in war. David Duane was a decorated war hero who was told his fate was set and that he would never be able to change it. The problem with that was the fate was not a pleasant one. The story tells of David Duane's persistence to still do as he felt was right and changing his fate as he lived.Would he fall in love? Would he continue to fight as he always has? Would he freeze in that frigid place he was in?

    L. Ron Hubbard is a brilliant writer. I will seek other stories by him to read (or listen to)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard does it again i

    New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard does it again in this action-packed, high-flying adventure!

    "On Blazing Wings" tells the story of two men - David Duane, ace fighter pilot gun-for-hire, and David Duane, sensitive poet and artist. Fighting with the Democratic People's Government of Finland, simply because he was there when the fighting started, Duane is shot down early in the book. He awakens in Puhjola, a sort of mythic Valhalla where soldiers from all sides end up after death. David Duane is brought before the leader of Puhjola, but is told he cannot stay. He is a man torn. Puhjola is only for those who have given themselves fully to their lives. He's held back. He serves too many masters. His fate is laid out before him, and he learns that he will never gain full admittance to Puhjola. He has been there many times before, in many lives, but has always failed to gain entry. His future is foretold, but Duane vows to change his ways and set things straight. The catch is that when he awakens back in the real world, he won't remember the ultimatum. Can he remember? Will he fall into the trappings of his old ways? Will he fall for the Russian woman/officer and betray his people? I'm not telling.

    I'm specifically reviewing the audio version of the book. A multicast performance, it features the sounds of plane engines, guns blazing, explosions, yells, and the excitement of a real war. The vocal talent for the individual characters is excellent! I especially love the bravado of the narrator. It's like having a book read to you by the movie trailer guy.

    L. Ron Hubbard does it again with this offering from his Stories from the Golden Age series. Presented (audio version) in two CDs, it's accompanied by a well-illustrated booklet that chronicles Hubbard's contributions to American Pulp Fiction.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    This pulp first appeared in print in the Five-Novels monthly in

    This pulp first appeared in print in the Five-Novels monthly in 1940. Blending air adventure, fantasy, and science fiction, Hubbard tells the tale of American David Duane, an ace pilot fighting for Finland against Russia in the 1940's. During an attack, his plane goes down in flames, and he lands himself in the underworld in the mysterious city of Puhjola. Duane's adventure illustrates the difficulties of the hero-task. In "The Hero With A Thousand Faces," Joseph Campbell writes: "The standard path of the mythological adventure of the hero is a magnification of the formula represented in the rites of passage: separation-initiation-return." Hubbard captures Duane's struggles strikingly as he engages in the quintessential hero cycle of the modern age and is forced to make the most fateful decision of his life.

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