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Duty Calls: Battle of Britain [Paperback]

James Holland
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7 Jun 2012 Duty Calls

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

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 . . .


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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141332204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141332208
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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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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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A good yarn, perhaps a little boilerplate in places, but it tells the story of the Battle of Britain reasonably well, which it should considering that James Holland is a military historian who has written his own account of the Battle.

Considering that he had advice from the likes of Geoffrey Wellum, I am a little disappointed with some of the technical errors, especially the subject of "G" forces. In many of the flying sequences, he keeps mentioning the "G" force leading to blacking out as "negative G", which is one hundred percent wrong. It is positive "G".

Those with little or no understanding of such things will not notice, but it is a glaring mistake to those that do, and for this sort of thing to be written by a historian is, to be polite, a little inept.
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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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