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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330446568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330446563
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Fiddimore was born in 1944 in Yorkshire and is married with two children. He worked for five years at the Royal Veterinary College before joining HM Customs and Excise, where his work included postings to the investigation and intelligence divisions. Charlie's War is the second novel in the Charlie Bassett trilogy. With his first novel, Tuesday's War, David Fiddimore reached the final of the first ever Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dead Elvis on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Written in an informal style, like a conversation with a friend, Charlie's War continues in the same vein as Tuesday's War - a mans' view, often comical, often surreal, of his experiences in WW2, this time travelling in a car through Europe, finally ending in the ravaged city of Bremen. His mission: to find his elusive love Grace who has recently given birth to a child but, after a traumatic experience, joined the Red Cross and is working with the Allies in mainland Europe.

Slightly darker than the last book, Charlie's War reflects a Heart of Darkness style journey as Charlie and his companions travel towards Germany. Their encounters become more dangerous and surreal as the journey progresses. These experiences often reflect real life occurences known by the author and often experienced by his father.

My grandad said to me that if you took the war too seriously you would never have survived it and Fiddimore helps to show this mentality amongst the troops, especially between Charlie and his two travelling companions - Les and James. Although at times harrowing, the book mainly focuses on the camaradery between characters and has much sharp, witty dialogue to enjoy. Several celebrity cameos and knowing winks to popular culture add to the sense of fun needed to survive amongst the devastation of war.

Charlies is a man's man - loves women and booze and is not afraid to admit it. He is likeable though maybe a bit more popular with the ladies than he should be - however someone once told me if you can make them laugh that's half the battle and Charlie has a way with the one liners!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gringotown on 18 Nov. 2007
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I have read both novels by David Fiddimore, unfortunately I managed to read them out of sequence, though this did not affect my enjoyment of this novel and Tuesday's Child.

Tuesday's Child had you living with the Lanc's crew and the feeling of trepidation with each `mission' had you concerned, possibly material for a good TV drama if done correctly.

When reading Charlie's War you could think that some of the situations maybe far fetched but after doing additional research you discover life is stranger than fiction.

The young man sent on a mission just before the end of the war in Europe and his reaction to the characters he meets and the situations he encounters make you think how you would have reacted. This is all described with a humour that seems common place amongst soldiers who may face death at any time. The episode describing a couple of the charaters attitude to the `elephant' gun is funny but shows the seriousness of war.

I read both books on the train during my daily commute to work and had some looks when I was reading it because I was smiling, I noticed that people were trying to see the title.

Neither book glorifies war but takes a sideward look at it and shows people making the most of a situation during a time that hopefully mine and future generations will never have to know of first hand. The books have a sexual content in places but I believe that schools should be encouraged to use them both in an historical context and because of the high standard writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lancaster Lucy on 24 Feb. 2008
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Wow, just like Tuesdays child, i could not put this book down. Charlie has now gone over to France to bring back Grace Baker and her baby (the father could be one of many). He travels over with a major and a sargeant driver called Les.By this time Charlie has been promoted to an Officer. The book is shocking in parts but the humour is once again top class. If you read this book, you will know what i mean, especially the part where the soldier in the field hospital holds up the medical staff with a gun because his leg has been amputated. Not funny at all in reality but David has a way of seeing the funny side of everything. Like he says, you had to have a funny sense of humour during the war. If you loved Tuesdays Child, you will love this just as much. Even some old familiar faces return. Just brilliant.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Holbrooke on 14 April 2007
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I read Tuesday's War and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was expected much of the same with Charlie's War but it is completely different. However, different in a good way. This book is solely about a journey made by Charlie and two intelligence people through France, Belgium and Germany right at the tail end of the war. Charlie has been dispatched to find and return his pregnant girlfriend Grace from Europe. Her parents are wealthy and have the ear of Churchill so pull strings to bring this about. The book is as much about the relationships between the three traveling companions and their respective ranks as the search for Grace. Of course there is much adventure and subterfuge along the way. I highly recommend this book. It is nearly 500 pages long but each one is a joy. I look forward to the next one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Waite on 25 Jan. 2007
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Have to admit that before I read the first book I was a bit put off by the Richard and Judy thing but despie that I enjoyed the book enormously! I have to say though that this second book is even better and I couldn't put it down. Indeed I almost missed my flight back from Geneva yesterday as I was so engrossed! Excellent - I would highly recommend it...
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