Wings of a Flying Tiger By Iris Yang

April 9, 2019

Iris Yang

 

World War Two, Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim.

Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.

 

REVIEW

 

A well-crafted historical fiction with a distinctly cinematic feel to it.

Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews

Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by love, sacrifice and bravery. The author weaves a well-crafted heroic story with emotional highs and lows that will captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. Skillfully constructed, this historical fiction revolves around the two main characters Jasmine and Jack, set against the backdrop of one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim.

Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered…’

Wings of a Flying Tiger had me engaged from the first page to the last. I enjoyed the story, the character development, and dialogue. It’s a well-written Historical Fiction that flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There’s plenty of action, adventure and intrigue in this page turner that will take the reader on mesmerizing journey.

It’s one of those books that comes along occasionally that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. For those looking for an interesting, three-dimensional and stimulating read, this would be a great find.  I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Iris Yang in the future. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Historical Fiction. It would also make a great selection for book clubs. A well-deserved five stars from me.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wings of a Flying TigerIris Yang, Ph.D. (Qing Yang) was born and raised in China. She has loved reading and writing
since she was a child, but in China creative writing was a dangerous career. As famous writers
and translators, her grandmother and her aunt were wrongfully accused as counter-revolutionary
Rightists, so Iris had to choose a safer path—studying science.

After graduating from Wuhan University and passing a series of exams, she was accepted
by the prestigious CUSBEA (China-United States Biochemistry Examination and Application
program). At age 23, with poor English, little knowledge of the country, and 500 borrowed
dollars, she came to the United States as a graduate student at the University of Rochester.

Later, she received a Ph.D. in molecular biology, trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory, and worked at the University of North Carolina. Although she has
published a number of scientific papers, she has a passion for creative writing, and her short
stories have won contests and have been published in anthologies. Her debut novel, Wings of a
Flying Tiger, has been published in June, 2018.

Currently, Iris is working on a story based on her grandmother, who was the first Chinese
woman to receive a master’s degree in Edinburgh in the UK. Iris now lives between Sedona,
Arizona and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Besides writing, she loves hiking, dancing,
photography, and travel, and she holds a private pilot license.

 

 

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