The country of Denmark is quite small – only 43,094 square kilometers (16,638 square miles) – and that counts the main peninsula, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Norway and Sweden lie to the north, and Germany to the south. During World War II, the tiny country of Denmark was easily overrun by the Nazi army. Its citizen were limited in size and number, but great in spirit and courage. It is this setting that the author chose for his book.
Although “The Hornet Flight” is a work of fiction, it is based on actual events during World War II. The Germans did indeed have advanced radar devices along the North Sea that could detect the Allied airplanes, which resulted in a horrendous amount of them being shot down. And yes, there were two Danish citizens that found an old plane in storage, and used it to transport important information to the Allies. The strict Protestant flavor of the community is also true to life. But the characters in the book are fictional.
The story mainly centers around Harald Olufsen, his desire to fly, and the discovery of an old forgotten airplane in a barn. I appreciated the way that the author also pulled women into the story (Karen and Hermia), and showed them as important parts of the Danish Resistance. While the end of the story was predictable because we know so much about World War II, it was a historical novel worth reading.