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Summer of No Surrender [Kindle Edition]

Richard Townsend Bickers
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1940. The Battle of Britain.

In the skies over the Channel, young men were proving their courage to the enemy, to their comrades, and to themselves.

And the R.A.F. and the Luftwaffe are in a fight to the death - with the future of Europe at stake.

The British Officer Peter Knight and German Leutnant Erich Hafner have battled it out time and again and now they can identify one another's planes.

For both men, the war has become personal.

And each man is stalking his own special prey.

As their final deadly showdown looms it starts to affect the whole of 172 Squadron.

Will Peter manage to shoot down Erich and lead the British squadron to victory?

Or will his personal vendetta end in disaster for the entire unit?

'Summer of No Surrender' is an action-packed war thriller pitting one man's personal mission against the fate of the Battle of Britain. It is perfect for fans of Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins.

Richard Townsend Bickers volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of the second world war and served, with a Permanent Commission, for eighteen years. He wrote a range of military fiction and non-fiction books, including a biography of his friend "Ginger" Lacey, the top-scoring pilot in the Battle of Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4480 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A convincing portrait 18 Nov. 2013
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One of the first 'grown up' books I ever read was Richard Bickers' biography of Battle of Britain ace Ginger Lacey, so when Summer of no Surrender came up for free on the Kindle store I downloaded it in a flash.

The novel is an account of the air war of 1940. Bickers was an RAF officer himself and he paints a convincing portrait of the physical and mental strains placed on young men who go to work each day not knowing if they're going to return. Told from both sides of the conflict, the story highlights that, although enemies, British and German aircrews had a lot in common.

The ending felt rather unresolved and some of the text feels rather dated, partly because it reflects the values of its time. Also this book is another victim of a Kindle edition being created from an inadequately proof read OCR scan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 28 Jun. 2014
By Philip
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Richard is a new writer to me and I was pleasently surprised by the depth of characters and detail that evoked a real feel for people in this traumatic time in Englands history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Aug. 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 2 Aug. 2014
By stewart
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Very boring I have given up reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars all of us are human beings 11 Nov. 2013
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The fight was exausting for both parties.

Both of us lay down our humanity.
We became animals, wich destroyed everything what was considered
the honor of human beings.

As a German, I like the book very much, because it considered
both way's of inhumanidy in the same way.

All of us betrayed, what is meant to be human.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WW II Battle of Britain in the air 23 Jan. 2014
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An interesting novel of WW II and the Battle of Britain between the Britons Royal Air Force (RAF) and the German Luftwaffe. The characters on both the British and the German side come alive.

Peter Knight was yellow flight section leader in fighter squadron 172. It was station at a fighter base with squadrons 82 and 699, an auxiliary squadron before the war. The squadron had two Poles, a Frenchman and an American as pilots, in addition to the British pilots. Britain was short of pilots and was grateful for the not British who could fly and joined the RAF. The British pilots are typical lot of young men under high stress. There are losses, and new pilots fresh out of flight school arrive who must be trained to be a contributing member of the squadron and protected until they learn how to keep alive. Most of the pilots are officers, but a small percentage are flying sergeants. Some of the pilots are married, some have girl friends and some have just casual pickups. A pilot is a great catch for a girl at the time.

On the German side is Leutnant Erich Hafner who flies a ME 109. Peter and Erich come to recognize each others aircraft as they encounter each others squadrons in the air. The Germans are stationed in occupied France, and their girlfriends and wives are back in Germany. Some of the Frenchwomen have come to believe that as France lost to Germany, that the Germans were there forever. Thus some of the women were willing to be girlfriends, and some whores to the Germans.

The characters and the romanic affairs come alive and reflect the pressures of the times on both air forces. Well written novel that should be enjoyed by people interested in WW II and the air forces in England.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a little repetitious 13 Jun. 2014
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Some very interesting historical descriptions but got the feeling a lot of similar activity taking place. Would recommend to an person with an interest in WWII action.
5.0 out of 5 stars A major contribution to the canon of the WW II European air war. 15 Sept. 2014
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I have read countless books about War time aviation. In my experience the best offer fresh personal insights into what the war was really like on a day to day basis. American's don't truly understand the cultural links that existed between English royalty and the upper crust and their German brethren. These relationships provided many interesting situations on both sides. Also the English class system created many problem between Officer pilots and Sergeant pilots who were really only equal in the act of combat. Mr. Bickers sense of these disparities
made this book a wonderful read, a page turner in the finest sense of the term. Great job! I high recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story of a Hurricane Squadron in the Battle of Britain 21 Dec. 2014
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This was a realistic and honest story of the pilots of a Hurricane squadron during the Battle of Britain. It follows the day to day events and more on the lives of the pilots. In general I think the author could have dealt somewhat more in the flying characteristics of the Hurricane and some of the limitations of the German aircraft.

The fictional drama of straight and homosexual exploits was OK but not a direct add to the story. More could have been written about the pilot in the pilot's seat and ground crew working to keep the birds in the air.

While Spitfires got more press, it was the Hurricanes that much of the work. Good story.
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