Fiction - Historical - Event/Era

Moral Fibre: A Bomber Pilot's Story

Category:Fiction - Historical - Event/Era

Author:Helena P. Schrader

  • Publisher: Cross Seas Press
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 436
  • ISBN-13: 978 1735313993

Moral Fibre: A Bomber Pilot's Story by Helena P. Schrader is a historical novel that is based on true events, a story that will have an irresistible appeal to fans of WWII literature and well-crafted stories with compelling characters. Kit Moran is a veteran Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot who can't live in peace. They have accused him of lacking moral fiber after he refused to fly after a raid that killed his ''skipper'' and best friend. Kit is in love with his best friend's fiancee as he returns to join the crew in the final stages of WWII. Can he redeem himself this time, or will his past trauma steer him toward disaster?

Helena P. Schrader's narrative is nuanced with complex characters, and the author uses subplots to drive the ensuing suspense. Georgina is one character that stands out in this thrilling historical tale and the author deftly explores her background, offering a dazzling portrait of a strong woman with African and British roots. Her relationship with Kit's mother is vividly painted. Adrian Peal is another intriguing character that readers will like to follow. From the start of the novel, readers are intrigued as the theme of mental health is introduced, which immediately points to the strong psychological underpinnings of this story. Schrader brings to life the atmosphere of war and the effects it has on the fighters in this wonderful tale, creating a historical setting that showcases the repercussions of the war in Britain, colonial South Africa and Nigeria. The love story between Kit and Georgina deepens the plot and augments the entertainment. One can go on and on about the merits of Moral Fibre: A Bomber Pilot's Story but suffices to say that Schrader pulls this story off like a pro, offering a scintillating, beautifully crafted peek into the experience of war. It is a winner!

Reviewed By: Daniel Rhodes

Reviewed Date: May 1, 2023

Category: Fiction - Historical - Event/Era