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Article  •  17 August 2016


Underground Airlines review

“I started the book on a Sunday and was done by the next night – can’t wait for his next instalment.”

Craig is dad to two boisterous little boys - Liam (6) and Tom (4).   When not at work, he’s out and about with the boys on the soccer field, at the pool, on the tennis court, helping them with their homework – it’s amazing he even finds time to read!   But read he does – anything from literary fiction to sports biographies – Craig enjoys a broad spectrum of genres.

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Book review - Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

This book is set in the present day, with the world as we know it – except for one thing, slavery still exists. When I read the back of this book, I thought the idea of a USA where emancipation didn’t occur an interesting setting. I wasn’t disappointed, as Winters quickly explained how this alternate future came to pass in a simple and effective way, which didn’t detract from the story.

The main character is one of the strongest I’ve come across in a fiction novel for some time. The author transforms him subtly through the story, from someone you just want to punch in the face, to someone you are ultimately backing to succeed.

The other characters are interesting and well-developed, and the story plays out at a great pace with some excellent twists as well. I started the book on a Sunday and was done by the next night – can’t wait for his next installment.

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Underground Airlines Ben H. Winters

Robert Harris' Fatherland meets 12 Years A Slave, UNDERGROUND AIRLINES is a high concept novel with lots of suspense, and a deeply human, flawed protagonist.

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