Jonathan Price, a traumatized World War I pilot returns from the horror in France and tries to start a life at his parent’s ranch in Nebraska. Restless and looking for ‘more’ in life, together with his young wife Peggy he picks up the dream of aviation barnstormers. They fly all over the Mid-West of the United States before landing in Hollywood. The place where he wants to start a career as a movie pilot, doing stunts with Peggy on the wing.
In this second book of the A Soul in the Wires series, a chronicle of a life in flight, we follow Jonathan and his wife Peggy during their Hollywood years. In one of his darkest hours Jonathan meets an old enemy from the last aerial battle over France. They become friends and working for the movie industry, they see the vulnerability of a life as stunt pilot. Faced with many deadly accidents Jonathan reconsiders his options and in times when they are low on money, he flies to Mexico to pick up drugs. The success of Peggy’s career in the movies is complete when their son Trey is born. A happy time starts and they sign a contract for a movie in which they will star together. A horrifying scene changes Jonathan’s life forever and he loses himself in a world that forms the other side of Hollywood.
After restoring the bond with his son and trying to escape the deadly scenes they have to fly for movie moguls, Jonathan and his business partner enter the new, emerging world of passenger and freight transport. They manage to find the necessary funds and their airline can take off. The future looks great, but over the horizon the first challenges slowly approach the two men. This is Hollywood and there is nothing like what it seems to be to the naked eye.
Book three in the series – Eagles and Angels – will follow the two men working hard to keep the planes in the air and their feet on the ground as uncertainty creeps in. Book 1 and 2, and 3, are self-contained books and developments in aviation since the early 20s form the basis of the story. Just like book 1, this book 2 contains good readable material and makes clear the writers are pilots who know what they are talking about.
The US English published book is easy to read and you don’t need a dictionary to follow the story. It is a nice adventure book for readers who have an interest in the early years of aviation.