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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Flights for Freedom is a work of fiction in the military and historical subgenres and was penned by author Steven Burgauer. Set during the air fights and occupations of the First World War, this work is best suited to the adult reading audience and contains non-graphic references to the perils and violence of war. Our central protagonist is “Petrol” Petronas of the 17th Aero Squadron, an American who braves the uncovered cockpits of some of the most unpredictable planes. When Petrol is shot down in a battle over France, he finds himself in the hands of a beautiful woman from the Dutch Resistance, and he begins to learn of the underground efforts on the other side of the Channel to end the horrors of war.
Author Steven Burgauer delivers a visceral and atmospheric account of life under fire as he tells the tale of a brave pilot and the people who rally to get him home alive. One of the features I especially enjoyed about the work was its focus on ordinary people living under the pressures of war and how their small actions are just as heroic as those of the fighters high in the sky and in the trenches. Petrol was an enigmatic central figure, well balanced between his skills and his fears. The dialogue, too, was very effective at delivering some of the major plot elements in a more natural way without the need for a wall of prose. Overall, I would highly recommend Flights for Freedom to fans of immersive, accurate historical fiction with relatable characters and exciting plot twists.