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W E Johns
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4 Feb 1993 Biggles (Book 15)
'We shall have to wait until they come out,' breathed Biggles. 'Jump out when I do and be ready to shoot like lightning. If they drop their rifles and put their hands up, all right, but any move by one of the to raise his rifle, let him have it. It's the only way. It's either they or we for it, and they won't hesitate to shoot us. Ssh! Here they come.'A sixteen-year-old boy learns that his beloved elder brother has gone missing from his squadron and decides to rescue him. With his friend, he runs away from school and they sign up in the RFC, lying about their age. They meet up with Biggles at 266 Squadron and join his flight - but will Biggles find them out?

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (4 Feb 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009993860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862302259
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,231 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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Peter Fortymore can't believe his brother is dead so he conceives a desperate plan. He'll run away from school, 'borrow' a plane and fly off to France to find him. In the chaos of the First World War, he and his friend manage to get away with it until they're rumbled by their Flight Commander - Biggles.

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very original plot 11 May 2000
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I really thought that this book was the best of the Biggles books that I have read so far. I found it intriguing how the book was mainly based around a character called 'Thirty' and not Biggles and his companions. Instead Biggles was in the background which shed a whole new perspective on him. I especially found the plot exciting and very original. I felt really involved and could not put the book down at all. Altogether a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better in its native language 23 Jan 2006
This is the very first Biggles title my father read to me when I was a kid in the 1960's. It was always my favourite Biggles book during my youth. I recently bought a couple of Biggles titles in english and was very surprised to find them immeasurably better than the swedish translations (which, I discovered, are quite heavily censored, believe it or not).
Anyway, the plot in this one thrilled me as a youngster since the main characters are two school boys who escapes from school to join the young Royal Flying Corps. It was easy to identify oneself with the characters and their quest to free a brother from german captivity. The story is easy to read and can well be used as an introduction to reading english texts for those with another native language. It also serves well as an introduction to air warfare in the Great War, since W.E. Johns own experiences as a wartime pilot was from this era and he clearly shows insights in this matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking 'Air Raising Adventure! 18 Oct 2009

Of all of the literary heroes of the 20th century, surely none can boast of as many adventures as Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth. The brainchild of a genuine First World War pilot, Captain W.E. Johns, an astonishing ninety six Biggles titles were published between 1932 and 1970. Defying all known weapons as well as time itself (his inability to age in normal human terms across his literary life is the source of much discussion among fans and curious bystanders), Biggles is a true-blue warrior who looks danger squarely in the eye, whilst always playing by (or just within) the rules.

Being only the second of the Biggles canon that this reviewer has read, 'Biggles & The Rescue Flight' comes highly recommended. Chronologically, it follows closely the 'first' (in terms of setting the scene if not the first that was written) novel, 'Biggles Learns To Fly'. However, whilst the former book offers sporadic thrills amidst an almost autobiographical and highly engaging account of primitive aerial combat during The Great War, 'Biggles & The Rescue Flight' is much more of an out-and-out adventure, with the conflict as a backdrop.

The plot revolves around two school boys, nicknamed Rip and Thirty, who break free from the dorm' and escape to France where they join Biggles's squadron under false pretences. The reason for the lads absconding is the disappearance ("Missing. Presumed dead.") of Thirty's older brother, and their quest to prove the "Presumed dead" to be a wholly incorrect supposition. As such, from almost the third chapter in, the story writes itself, and those expected a twist-in-the tale will be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars biggles or thirty? 4 Jan 2008
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I was very surprised about how the story is based on thirty's adventures and not biggles and his squadrons. Biggles is really a side character in this book but it doesnt make it uninteresting. I think this book really explains the situations of POWS in the great war
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