"This is the best book on the life of us fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain that I have ever seen. Refreshingly it got it smack on the way it was for us fighter pilots. I couldn't put it down!" Battle of Britain Ace, Wing Commander Bob Doe
WINNER of the Hemingway Award for 20th Century Wartime Fiction, Chanticleer International Book Awards 2020
Finalist for Book Excellence Award 2021 - Military Fiction
Finalist for Feathered Quill Book Award 2021 - Historical Fiction
BRAG Medallion Honoree
The Battle of France is over, the Battle of Britain is about to begin….
If the swastika is not to fly over Buckingham Palace, the RAF must prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over England.
Standing on the front line is 606 (Hurricane) Squadron. It has not recovered from heavy losses fighting in the skies over Dunkirk. Now, as the casualties begin to mount again, new pilots find a cold reception from the clique of experienced pilots, who resent them taking the place of their dead friends.
Robin, formerly an RAF aerobatics pilot, has incurred the displeasure of the Air Ministry by a dangerous breach of the King's Regulations. Despite credible service in France, he finds himself cooling his heels in Training Command -- and falling in love with a girl from the Salvation Army.
Meanwhile, across the channel Klaudia, a naïve recruit to the Luftwaffe Women's Auxilliary, is about to grow up.
Based on actual events and eye-witness accounts, Where Eagles Never Flew shows you the Battle of Britain from both sides of the Channel through the eyes of pilots, staff and the women they loved.
"...this one of the most authentic and well-told stories of the Battle of Britain we have ever read. ...The characters come to us as individuals who are authentic, relatable, and unique. ... "Where Eagles Never Flew" doesn't shy away from either love nor loss and, in fact, takes the opportunity to sit with the characters in their pain, their grief, and their frustration." Chanticleer Reviews
"Its high-octane descriptions of air maneuvers and daring escapes are breathtaking.... Because of its ambitious scope and phenomenal details, down to the last "Mae West" jacket, the novel is compelling, humanizing a historical event ....." Foreword Clarion Reviews
".. Where Eagles Never Flew is both inspirational and terrifying in its reality and should be required reading for anyone under the illusion that air warfare is in any way glorious. The people depicted are disturbingly authentic, and how their lives become entwined is beautifully crafted by Ms. Schrader; ... a compelling read [I] was genuinely moved by the injuries, death, and destruction which pervaded the lives of so many very special people trapped in the horror of living in the wrong time in history. A fantastic book!" Steven Robson
"... a towering and sweeping story that truly does convey the horror and tragedy of war, especially the incredible odds the RAF was faced with as it stood seemingly alone in those dark days of 1940. Author Helena P. Schrader has done a remarkable job of conveying to the reader the intensity and suffering that these young men, many of them just out of school, faced as they came to terms with not only flying (often with extremely limited hours in any aircraft, let alone a Hurricane) but then actually having to fight against more experienced airmen in aircraft that in many ways were superior to their own. She manages to convey the sheer exhaustion and nerves that these young men faced on an hourly basis, often without any real rest or a break from the nerve-stretching routine of flying in the face of the unknown. I particularly enjoyed that the author chose to tell this tale from “both sides” of the fence, thereby humanizing and allowing the reader to have understanding and empathy, not only for the RAF boys but also for those of the Luftwaffe. " Grant Leishman
"Readers may pick up here Eagles Never Flew for its promise of action, but will find it holds unexpected, satisfying psychological depth as its characters grow, evolve, and confront each other and the enemy during a life-changing period in Britain's history. It's a story steeped in real-life events that goes far in tracing the changing roles and influence of women in the world, and is highly recommended reading for World War II history enthusiasts looking for something more than descriptions of battles.."
"This is a superb novel about the Battle of Britain and is a must-read for anyone interested in that period in our history. It is nowyears since the Battle of Britain and the summer of 1940 is gradually moving from common memory into a piece of history. So much has been written about the battle from the early factual accounts written within a year or two of the battle, through to a rash of 1950's pilot biographies and memoirs and a host of novels from the 1960's to the present day, that it is hard to imagine that a new novel could be written that would make the conflict seem fresh. Yet this is exactly what [Where Eagles Never Flew] has achieved."
"Helena has written a book that will become a classic. It was rated by Bob Doe, one of the top Battle of Britain fighter aces, as a book that told the story correctly and he was delighted to recommend this to a wider public. This book will be enjoyed for many years, however many times you read this. Written from actual events and pilots experiences during the air fighting of the Battle of Britain, it tells the story of just why a few hundred men prevented invasion and the horrors of death camps being a reality in Britain. Never was so much owed by so many to so few. These men now have a book to tell it like it was. Highly recommended"
"Its high-octane descriptions of air maneuvers and daring escapes are breathtaking....Because of its ambitious scope and phenomenal details, down to the last "Mae West" jacket, the novel is compelling, humanizing a historical event ....." Read full review at: Review of Where Eagles Never Flew (9781735313948) — Foreword Reviews
"Scenes exploring the characters inner lives are compelling...Schrader also succeeds in accurately portraying the bombing raids and defense missions.... A painstakingly researched war novel with complex characterizations." Kirkus Reviews (Read full revie
"This is a great book that any pilot or would-be-pilot will love. The description of the flying scenes is so accurate, I can easily imagine myself in all of the air-to-air battles."
The Battle of France is over, the Battle of Britain is about to begin....