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Across the Blood-Red Skies

Across the Blood-Red Skies [Kindle Edition]

Robert Radcliffe
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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** 'A vivid evocation of an often romanticised aspect of World War 1, pulling no punches, and a fitting tribute to those men and women who risked life and limb. A story of war, love and friendship, heroics and heroism (DAILY MAIL)

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* A compelling page-turner about two WW1 fighter pilots and the woman they are both in love with

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (17 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L622JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Radcliffe's real name is Robert Mawson. He was born and educated in London where he worked at various jobs until talking his way into an editorial job on a yachting magazine. From there he worked in journalism and advertising '. . . gradually learning the ropes while trying to write my own stuff at home'. In the 1980s he took up flying then spent ten years as a commercial pilot, working all over the world, while still working on writing projects in his own time.

In 1991 Robert returned home to form his own PR consultancy, and work on book-writing projects. His first novel, A SHIP CALLED HOPE, was published under the Mawson name in 1994. In 1997 he sold his house and business and moved to a borrowed cottage in France to try and write full time. The result was THE LAZARUS CHILD, a book that sold more than a million copies worldwide and was translated into over twenty languages. In 2004 it was made into a movie starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett.

Success enabled Robert to become a full-time writer. In 2002 he published UNDER AN ENGLISH HEAVEN, under the pen-name Robert Radcliffe, the story of an American bomber base in Suffolk during World War II. UNDER AN ENGLISH HEAVEN was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and has sold more than 160,000 copies to date. This was followed by UPON DARK WATERS in 2004, ACROSS THE BLOOD-RED SKIES in 2009, DAMBUSTER in 2011, and BENEATH ANOTHER SUN in 2012.

Robert and his wife Kate, a teacher, live in Suffolk.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Mar 2010
Robert Radcliffe committed an unforgiveable sin with his first novel Under an English Heaven.... it was perfect. As a result it almost defies the odds that he can ever write anything as good again and this means that I'm doomed to always be slightly disappointed whenever I buy his new books (which I will do, in hardback, the day they come out!). However despite the fact that I don't think 'Across a Blood Red Sky' is quite as good as 'Under an English Heaven' its very, very close.

The nearest fictional work I can compare it to is Birdsong. It shares some vague similarities of plot and pace. Most of the story is set on the ground, rather than in the air although the airborne sequences are both exciting, wonderfully written and extremely accurate. Funnily enough a friend lent me Cecil Lewis's (famous broadcaster and WW1 pilot) autobiography Sagittarius Rising which I read a few weeks before this book. The fictional accounts of aerial combat in Radcliffe's novel are almost identical to the actual ones Lewis describes. The two books complement each other wonderfully. Early on there's a very nasty account of the gas attack at the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the actions of the Canadian infantry around St Julien. My great-grandfather fought alongside the Canadians at this battle so it had special impact for me.

Best of all I think Radcliffe must have read my review of his last book
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the Blood-Red Skies 5 Feb 2010
By Jules
Another excellent book from Robert Radcliffe, I couldn't put it down from start to finish. Wonderful characters, gripping action, heroism, humour and romance. This book is well researched and written by an author who really knows his subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the Blood-Red Skies 18 Mar 2011
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The other Radliffe title which I actually own is "Upon Dark Waters" and I think that the style is very similar, except that writing it largely in the first person rather than as sweeping prose is peculiarly relevant to the life of a Great War fighter pilot, so rather clever.

The story has all Radcliffe's strengths - vivid characterisation, panoramic scene setting, elegant plot,meticulous grasp of the subject matter. Maybe in places, so much so that it could be educational as well as entertaining.

It does have weaknesses - an occasional lapse into mini-series drama, what some people might see as trite resolutions and the odd glaringly careless detail.

For all that, though, I loved it, couldn't put it down and have to say - get it and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect but outstanding nevertheless 14 July 2014
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Another real page turner from my favourite author. Not as perfect as Under An English a Heaven but a great plot, full of history, tinged with the realities of war. The story of the FANYS alone is extraordinary - it will keep you riveted until the very end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars typical robert radcliffe 19 Feb 2014
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like his books anyway, sometimes they're a bit naïve somehow and speak in a simple language. but very good and reminiscent of war time for many i'm sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommend 29 Dec 2013
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A very exiting book, well written and hard to put down book which I really enjoyed and would rate this author as very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story telling 25 Aug 2013
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excellent service and the book was exactly what I expected from RR - nothing more to add at this stage of my life
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly believerble 2 Dec 2012
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Yet another triumph from Robert Radclife. Real life like characters. Wth all their frailties. Completely believable. Insecure, human, and able to rise to the ultimate challenge of life
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ends with the speed of a Sopwith Pup!
Quite liked the book, though not my prefered genre or subject. I particularly enjoyed the human stories of people caught up in the Great War, and would have liked to read more... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars three stories for the price of one
In reality, three stories for the price of one. The, brief life of a pilot in the late First World War is presented as being an extremely scary existence. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Ter
2.0 out of 5 stars Cancel your flight
A friend who normally enjoys war fiction passed this book on to me, wondering if he was being too harsh in finding it boring. Read more
Published on 5 May 2012 by Modern Bystander
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st class read
An excellent book of the "Can't put down " variety ,superbly written and historicaly interesting ,not a "mans" or a "womans" book ,both .
Thoroughly recomended . Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Woodgreenman
3.0 out of 5 stars Across the Blood red sky
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by roy
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well but lost interest
To begin with I thought this was a cracking read; well written, well researched and very entertaining. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Colin Mayo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I loved "Under an English Heaven" and I was expecting another great book, but this one didn't deliver. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by J.I.S.
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