On Blazing Wings

On Blazing Wings

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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Embittered by past failures and broken dreams, American fighter pilot David Duane believes in but one cause—his own. Europe is at war, and he’ll fight it for a price, selling his deadly flying skills to the highest bidder.

Just as Bogart came to Casablanca to escape his past, Duane has come to the icy white wastes of Scandinavia to wage a private war

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Embittered by past failures and broken dreams, American fighter pilot David Duane believes in but one cause—his own. Europe is at war, and he’ll fight it for a price, selling his deadly flying skills to the highest bidder.

Just as Bogart came to Casablanca to escape his past, Duane has come to the icy white wastes of Scandinavia to wage a private war in the skies. But he’s about to take off on a flight and undertake an unforgettable journey—On Blazing Wings—to a place beyond the imagination . . . leading to a revelation that will open his eyes and his heart.

In a world divided by war, Duane discovers that sometimes you have to make a choice, and that making the wrong one could cost him the woman he loves. . . .

As a barnstorming pilot in the early days of aviation, Hubbard was dubbed “Flash” Hubbard by the aviation magazines of the day. His unique personal and pioneering knowledge of flight streaks across the page in novels like On Blazing Wings.

“An exciting—and surprisingly moving—conclusion.” —Booklist

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Library Journal
Hubbard's thoroughly researched adventure, inspired by the 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia, was originally published in the May 1940 issue of Five-Novels Monthly. As a testament to its historical worth, it was translated and reprinted 14 years later for distribution in the Nordic world. David Duane is an American ace pilot fighting for the Democratic People's Government of Finland when he takes down a squadron of Russian bombers he sees in the clouds. There, he discovers a mythical land of war heroes, Puhjola, where he is reunited with members of his air team who died in action as well as the Soviets he just shot down, and ultimately faces the challenge of changing his destiny. R.F. Daley narrates while John Mariano, Phil Proctor, Bob Caso, Kelly Ward, and Christina Huntington voice the 23-character cast. Hubbard's love of storytelling comes through clearly here, and though the protagonist's G.I. Joe-like Americanism may not appeal to all listeners, the sound effects—e.g., the "clanking and wheezing" of bomber engines revving up for an impending suicide mission—greatly enhance the weight of this thoughtful tale.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 9 Up—L. Ron Hubbard gained fame and name recognition as the founder of Scientology and the author of Dianetics, but his novels and short stories often go unmentioned. This World War II-era story, first published in The pilot meets people who have previously died, including those he has personally killed, and pursues romance with a forbidden Russian woman, all after being shot down in a strange and mysterious place. Narrator Bob Caso and five other cast members make a valiant attempt to bring this pulp novella to life, performing amidst gunfire and other sound effects, but they can't overcome the story line. Take a pass and give students something more current.—Bernie Morrissey, The Harker School, San Jose, CA
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"... the story, which first appeared in the May 1940 issue of Five-Novels Monthly , is primo pulp fiction, written in an urgent style (plenty of exclamation marks and short paragraphs); but it drives the reader through to the exciting--and surprisingly moving--conclusion." —Booklist

“Hubbard’s thoroughly researched adventure, inspired by the 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia, was originally published in the May 1940 issue of Five Novels Monthly. As a testament to its historical worth, it was translated and reprinted 14 years later for distribution in the Nordic world….Hubbard’s love of storytelling comes through clearly here, and though the protagonist’s G.I. Joe-like Americanism may not appeal to all listeners, the sound effects—e.g. the ‘clanking and wheezing’ of bomber engines revving up for an impending suicide mission—greatly enhance the weight of this thoughtful tale.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592122325
Publisher:
Galaxy Press (CA)
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Series:
Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description:
First Edition, Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.

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On Blazing Wings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KPug More than 1 year ago
On Blazing Wings was a quick read, full of drama.  David Duane is a 32-year-old American fighter pilot who is now fighting Finland, against Russia.  Some of his comrades have spoken of a golden city they saw, which was chalked up to a mirage, only all of them died days later.  During a fight David comes upon this golden city and learns what he must accomplish if he wishes to return.  The following is the story of him trying to remember something nagging at him.  He meets a girl, he falls in love, and the rest is where the drama really sets in. Good book, if you enjoy pulp fiction genre.  Very quick read and I was hooked once I got into it.
kimstclair39 More than 1 year ago
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)!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Another pulp fiction from L. Ron Hubbard. I just can’t stay away! I was slightly bored with the beginning of this one, but it definitely picked up shortly after it started. I loved the concept of the book about David trying to change his fate even though it was already written and he was destined for a certain path. There was war and romance. Another easy, but delightful read by L. Ron Hubbard!
woody1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago