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By: Christopher Carroll

Into the Skies: A World War I Aviator Story

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This story portrays an American who gets caught up in World War One as an ‘aviator' from the beginning to the end, an unusual achievement, which makes for an absorbing tale. The author has taken elements from the memoirs of aviation pioneers, most of which began in the last years of the war, modified them to reflect changes that occurred from 1914 to 1918, and added other adventures. The back story includes some instances from the infancy of flight and the inspiration it provided a boy as he grew up in Dayton, Ohio. As a ‘memoir' of the Great War the book is an exciting and enjoyable read, whilst also providing a chronology of the War from the point of view of a German-American pilot who joined the French Aéronautique Militaire and flew on the side of the French for the duration of the conflict.  

The son of a US Navy sailor, Christopher Carroll studied military history while growing up, learning tactics and strategy while on the path to becoming a naval officer. Currently an Emergency Manager, he has previously been published in an anthology of poems. He lives in Kansas City, MO with his lovely wife and intelligent son.

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  • Scooterbank04

    I enjoyed Into the Skies as a story about World War I and the early start of aviation. What was particularly enjoyable was how the story is told from the perspective of a simple, Midwestern American. His values and particular take on events provide a straightforward narration very much along the lines of Mark Twain. The entertainment value is, however, definitely the mix of adventures that he finds himself muddling through. From comedic romantic encounters to daring exploits flying his plane, I was not disappointed by the story. Even knowing that eventually France, Britain, and the U.S. would win didn't diminish from the excitement, and the narration definitely gives you a sense of the uncertainty that those countries faced.

    Although a particular treat for historical buffs, there are many facets to this book that would delight readers of many genres.

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