Wings of Fear

Wings of Fear

by Helene Young

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'a thrilling story? Brisbane News

Intrigue, danger and romance in Australia's tropical far north.

Above the crystal waters of North Queensland, Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the vast Australian coastline. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, she is immediately suspicious. What is he doing around 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?

Wings of Fear, and Helene Young's second novel, Shattered Sky, have both been awarded the Romantic Book of the Year by Romance Writers of Australia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780733626647
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 724 KB

About the Author

Helene Young lives on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Her work as a senior captain with a major regional airline takes her all over the east coast of Australia. She is as passionate about aviation as she is about writing. WINGS OF FEAR (previously published as BORDER WATCH) was her first novel. SHATTERED SKY is her second. The two are loosely linked and she is working on her third book.

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Wings of Fear 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Falcon124 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit to starting this book with some concern as I'm not exactly a fan of romance novels but was intrigued to see how it would work out. I need not have worried as the book is very well written with action, suspense, a few thrills and a realistic approach that allows the romantic components to slot in well around them.It doesn't go into "over-load" levels of detail as some books in the suspense/thriller world do while the plot develops at a brisk & enjoyable pace. My initial suspicions about the lead opponent were confirmed in small increments yet with sufficient twists that the revelation did not ruin the rest of the book. I even found myself unable to put it down at times as I found myself drawn deeper into some sections.A great effort for Helene's first book and I'm actually looking forward to reading the second one in the series, let alone the third when it comes out later this year :)
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wings of Fear was released last year as Border Watch. One of the very few romantic suspense books you¿re going to find that¿s set in Australia, Wings of Fear is set in Far North Queensland. Morgan Pentland is a pilot for Border Watch. They work with Customs and the Navy to protect Australia¿s borders. She doesn¿t realise it, but the reason Rafe Daniels ¿ a former SAS soldier working for Customs ¿ is now on Morgan's team is because she¿s under investigation. Somebody¿s been leaking details to a terrorist organisation. Things change when their plane is shot down in the remote north of the country, and they know they have a very short space of time before a terrorist attack on Australian soil. Of course, Morgan and Rafe get together, but she still doesn¿t know he was investigating her. Wings of Fear is made all the more real by the fact the author knows her stuff. Having a protagonist who is a pilot adds a lot of originality and makes for some nail-biting action, and I really appreciated the author¿s in-depth knowledge of it all. It made the story seem realistic. All of the characters were well-rounded and multi-layered, and there was just enough romance to complement the plot. Additionally there were a few shocking twists and some surprises I honestly didn¿t see coming, making for a sometimes emotional read. Young¿s books capture Australia as it really is ¿ something extremely rare in romantic fiction. The people, the location and the culture make these stories unique. As someone who has read hundreds of suspense stories, it makes them stand out. The story of Lauren ¿ the other pilot in the crash ¿ is told in Shattered Sky.