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Seeking Courage by Gregory Smith brings to life the plight of a soldier during the Great War, one who moves from the trenches to take flight over them.

As an Aviator myself I can relate to the desire to slip the surly bonds of earth and take to the air over the grit and horrors faced by infantrymen on the ground. This story is more than a tale of one Aviator, it is the story of humanity and the choices we make.

Seeking Courage is a dynamic historical novel which describes in great detail the life of a young Canadian driven to defend democracy. Fighting on foreign soil he is inspired by love and compassion. This brings him to the realisation that he has the chance to pursue life to the fullest and the freedom to make his own choices.

At times, this novel is a painfully honest factoral portrayal of what life was like when the world was at war a hundred years ago. The first mechanised war was promoted to be over swiftly as a result of new killing technology and machines, but war dragged on; lives were interrupted, families destroyed, and empires ended. Gregory Smith ably demonstrates the changes in one man’s values and his growth through personal experience.

I am impressed with the way the subject matter has been handled, it is not overly technical nor ghoulishly morose; it is not bound up with politics or military minutia, rather it balances both the historical and technical details with a humane and honest portrayal of life at this time in history.

This biographical work is highly thorough yet refreshingly easy to read with the just the right mix of drama and detail.

Gene Demarco – Aviation Consultant & FE2b Pilot, The Vintage Aviator Limited, NZ
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