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Duty Calls: Battle of Britain [Kindle Edition]

James Holland
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Pilot officer Archie Jackson, 19, is in control of the RAF's newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire.



Now he has the Luftwaffe in his sights and only one thing matters: defending Britain.



Suddenly planes are falling from the sky, exploding and spiralling into the English Channel.



France has fallen and the swastika flies over Occupied Europe. Only these young pilots - barely out of boyhood - stand between Britain and a Nazi invasion . . .



Duty Calls: Battle of Britain, throws you deep into the heart - and horror - of Britain's darkest, and finest, hour.



** Historian James Holland is the bestselling author of the Jack Tanner adult war fiction books. Duty Calls is his first series for younger readers, and showcases his expertise on the Second World War.


** James Holland presented Battle of Britain: The Real Story on BBC2.

About the Author

James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. He is the bestselling author of numerous historical non-fiction titles and the Jack Tanner fiction series, and presented Battle of Britain: The Real Story on BBC2.

A member of the British Commission for Military History, his many interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived at www.secondworldwarforum.com. Duty Calls is his series for younger readers.

www.dutycallsbooks.co.uk


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1217 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TB5NSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. His many books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and his fictional WW2 series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

His interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived on www.secondworldwarforum.com. He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Britain YA fiction 27 Jun 2012
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a semi-sequel to Duty Calls: Dunkirk, with the protagonist here having a cameo in that first novel. Its nothing earthshattering, but it is enjoyable, readable and historically accurate. It gets the flying stuff about right, I think, as well as the nightlife of blacked-out London and the somewhat unique world of living at a RAF airfield liable to scramble at any hour by day.

The characterisation is also pretty good, for all its formulaic. Those formulas are there because they work, not merely to retard "serious literature". Our hero, Archie Jackson, is a bit of a plaster saint perhaps, but he's also someone you can identify with, and want to be. That's important, especially in YA stuff.

Finally, this book far from glorifies war. There is a scene where it is pretty powerfully brought home that war is not a game, and there are a lot of teenagers on both sides dying. Don't get me wrong, there are not too many shades of grey here, but the horror and sadness of war is brought home. This is both a good read, and a pretty fun way of getting an overview of the Battle of Britain: hopefully helping to develop both a love of reading and of history. There are worse gifts to give a boy by far.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book 3 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book, as it is both informative and exciting at the same time.
The only thing I will say is that is very similar to a more adult title by this author, the Burning Blue. Just as an example, the strafing of the German airfields in the Pas du Calais is almost exactly the same as in the Burning Blue, down to the same fuel bowser exploding.
If you have already read the Burning Blue, you will find this book extremely similar. If you had not, then this book is a definate buy, and anyone with any interest in aerial combat or the Battle of Britain will find this a nicely written account of a young pilot in the heat of the most intense aerial battle that has ever occured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Jan 2013
By Nick
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Vividly realistic account of the Battle Of Britain. I have alwaysadmired James Holland's attention to historical detail, and this is no exception. THe characters are realistic and believable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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James Holland comes up trumps as usual. Cant wait to buy more, Thank you James.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Holland again! 20 Jun 2014
By Gw H.
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Good historian and story teller, liked jack tanner two the Norwegian episode made me re- live the ground ..covered a lot later but it was accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is quite possibly one of the best war books I've ever read, constantly action packed with a few dog flights in between and some deaths.
I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who loves war.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! 12 May 2014
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Probably the best book I ever read would recommend to anyone and everyone an excellent book. Has a beautiful structure and great story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duty Call 19 Mar 2014
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I watched the dog fight over Croydon as a 12 year old so Duty Calls is a first class book on the Battle of Britain
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
A very exiting book, well written and hard to put down book which I really enjoyed and would rate this author as very good
Published 6 months ago by goldie 159
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This book is written much better than some of his others. Story and characters are good and tells you warts and all about the period of history. Hope there is more to follow
Published 9 months ago by Stuart Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
Read it about 20 times and can't stop, would highly recommend it to every one, a great value for money
Published 9 months ago by Jagger
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Having read the impressive Duty Calls this book didn't disappoint either. I'm not normally a war book reader, butJames Holland has me hooked.
Published 9 months ago by Thomas Finnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty calls
another great book by James Holland. Human,interesting, realistic, what more can one say. I just keep reading have to
know what happens next.
Published 9 months ago by Richard Score
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty calls: Battle of Britain
A great read it just flows from the first page to the last, what courage of the people when called upon
Published 10 months ago by stephen baker
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
If you like war stories and a more adult type of the old commando stories with words instead of pictures.
Published 10 months ago by Cyril1
5.0 out of 5 stars Choclate
2 in series, coolly way to show the things in world war 2 and I wonder dithere. Going to be another
Published 11 months ago by aliali2001
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