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W E Johns
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4 July 1996 Biggles (Book 7)
The escort fell in on either side of the prisoners, and at a word of command the party moved forward. Down the corridor it marched, and through an open door into a grim-looking courtyard. Across this it proceeded, and came to a halt against a wall on the far side.-Biggles glanced at the sky. It was just turning pink with the first flush of dawn. 'If Ginger is going to do the rescue act, he hasn't got much time left.' He observed calmly.-Algy said nothing. His face was pale. In the uneasy atmosphere of Europe between the two World Wars, Biggles, Algy and Ginger are persuaded to defend a small middle European country from an aggressive neighbour backed up by an unnamed Big Power.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (4 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099634414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099634416
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biggles is back! And with new retro-style covers he's bigger than ever.

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Dangerous Ground!

In the years leading up to the Second World War, flying heroes Biggles, Algy and Ginger are recruited by the Maltovian Ambassador to help save his peace-loving country from hostile neighbours. Their task, to rid the skies of enemy aircraft. But all is not as it seems . . .

Biggles is back! Now classic fiction, the action-packed adventures of cult hero and flying ace Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth are available in new editions for another generation.

'Inspiring reading' Daily Telegraph

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5.0 out of 5 stars High Adventure or Political Roman a` Clef? 18 Nov 2002
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One of the best Biggles stories published, I re-read this thirty years after my first acquaintance with the series. Remarkably, the adventure remains untarnished by time, and the dialogue, though now having acquired a period charm, is still fresh and witty.
Johns clearly relishes the idea of the "underdogs" taking on the big boys and winning, through a combination of guile, wit and guts.
What I missed the first time was the reference to the then-contemporary political scene. At this time both Hitler and Mussolini were annexing smaller, relatively defenceless countries against a background of political appeasement and, in some cases, upper-class British admiration. It must have taken some guts to write (and get published) a childrens' book which so clearly takes a stand against totalitarian expansionism.
For Maltovia, read Austria, Czechoslovakia or Finland - for the Lovitznian aggressors, read Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.
In contrast to the real situation in the thirties, where the countries mentioned above were modern republics undermined by multi-party factionalism, the Maltovians are fiercely monarchical and deeply traditionalist.
Thus, Johns looks back with some yearning to the European "Ancien regime " that disappeared with the First World War - numbering among his characters a beautiful Crown Princess, a stuffy but good-hearted Courtier and a spruce young gadfly officer in the "Prisoner of Zenda" mould.
Throw in the usual wolf-ish and unprincipled villains, a race against time, a hilarious escape and much tapping of cigarettes on the back of hands, and you have a short (by modern standards) but thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good old-fashioned Biggles yarn 28 Mar 2001
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The feel of the 'thirties' comes through strongly in what is an interesting and enjoyable book. As the title suggests, it is a war story but set in a small non-existant european country and combines aerial dogfights with a spy story, including a daring rescue and manhunt within a hostile country. One of W E Johns better yarns - well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggles Saves Ruritania 15 Jun 2011
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And good luck to him.

This is one of a very few marvellous, snappy little Biggles novels which are every bit as good as the unputdownable WW1 exploits. Biggles Goes To War gets right down to business and appeals instantly in two ways.

Firstly, Biggles and his comrades are defending traditional values against totalitarianism and secondly, they show that common sense and action can always do something about it. A common theme in Biggles' stories, naturally, but particularly resonant when the book was written.

In a nutshell, we share the adventure and the purpose more than usual - get it, it's brief but terrific!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggles 9 Nov 2013
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My husband read all the Biggles books while still a boy and really enjoyed the series, he would recommend them to men and boys of all ages as they are full of adventure
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