Yesterday was a big day. Working back and forth with my editors at Bantam, we closed the last detail. China’s Wings is finished. Took seven and a half years to research, write, and edit – four to five YEARS longer than I originally anticipated — but it is at last finished and will be off to the printer after the New Year. Alea jacta est. I sincerely hope I’ve done CNAC’s story justice.
Tracy Devine, my excellent and delightful editor, also received a brief review from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Bradley, he of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise. (She’d sent him a galley to read and review.) This is what he wrote:
“In China’s Wings, Gregory Crouch recalls the remarkable encounter between an ancient civilization and the most modern technology in the world, as intrepid Americans [and their Chinese partners] struggled to establish a sophisticated air network over a vast land that barely knew electricity. This gripping book will transport you to a fascinating lost time.”
Thank you Mr. Bradley. So glad you enjoyed it.
It’s also worth noting that on this day in 1941 (December 8 on the other side of the International Date line, in Hong Kong), CNAC’s base at Kai Tak Airport was bombed by the Japanese at about 8 o’clock in the morning. The intensely dramatic events of 8-10 December, 1941 comprise one of my favorite chapters in the whole book. I wrote about it briefly last year, in “Those planes are Japanese!”