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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Row; 2 edition (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1301515817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1301515813
  • ASIN: B00BWDNF1K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To be truly engrossing, an alternative history has to be both believable and readable.

Is this believable? Personally, I found that it struggled here with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) evidently so easily able to accomplish things that couldn't be done --or weren't done-- at the time. I found the success of the FAA in the book compared to the poor performance of the other services is overplayed too and the repeated snipes at the RAF border on childishness. Yes, I know that there is always inter-service rivalry, but this is not what is happening here; it grows a bit tiresome after a while. After all, if one service had reached so far ahead of the others, would not those others feel obligated to match it?

Some of the events portrayed are interesting and are believable and it has to be said that it improves on this as it goes along.

What about being readable? This book has the largest number of errors that I've read outside of a year 10 composition. If you value good quality writing, you'll find that this book has an astounding number of grammatical errors, clumsy tenses, spelling mistakes, typos and poor punctuation (only four possessive apostrophes in the entire book and one of those used incorrectly). Almost as distracting are the inconsistent switches between American and British English renderings (eg program vs programme; kilometer vs kilometre). Not a page is turned without several errors; often not a paragraph passes without them. Some sentences even contain multiple mistakes. All this seriously affects the reading of the book, with some lines having to be re-read several times before they can be understood.
My advice to the author would be to invest in a decent course in written English and get a proper proof-reader.
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As a retired Fleet Air Arm officer, I found this book to be a concise and well thought out alternative to actual historic fact. Indeed, if the carrier force had been the size detailed, the new aircraft and their crews, both in the air and on the ground/ship, had been trained and available, the outcome of war at sea throughout the world would indeed have been totally different.
The situation of national/operational control between the FAA and the RAF has never really disappeared, even today.
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When the RNAS and RFC had been amalgamated into the RAF in 1918 it did not help the RN in the long-term as the RAF had sought to establish an independent identity and reason for its continued existence - strategic bombing. Naval Aviation was neglected and the result was that in 1939 the majority of the aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm were obsolete in comparison to what the USN and IJN operated. The lack of suitable British built naval aircraft is very well illustrated by the fact that in 1944/45 most of the aircraft operating from the British Pacific Fleet's carriers were American.

But what if things had been different? What if the Admiralty had been able to persuade the government to give it control of the FAA several years earlier? This intriguing possibility is the basis for David Row's book.
Much of Volume 1 is taken up with charting the development of aircraft (mainly fictional, but based on real concepts) and new aircraft carriers. Without giving too much away when September 1939 rolls around the RN has a much different carrier arm to what it had historically.

I first came across this story on the Internet and had looked forward to reading it in book form. I've not been disappointed and read it in the space of an evening. If you are looking for a story with character development this is not the book for you, however the lack of characters does not detract from a good story. Instead it reads very much like a history book.

Now if I enjoyed it so much why have I given it four rather than five stars? Well firstly there are quite a few annoying typos. I don't know if Mr Row used an editor, but I think that the book would have benefited from someone to read over it for such errors. Secondly the barbs against the RAF, Bomber Command especially, get wearing after the fourth, or fifth time one reads them.
However those are the only criticism I have of the book and I would still recommend the book highly.
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To quote Wikipedia 'Alternate history or alternative reality[1] is a genre of fiction consisting of stories that are set in worlds in which one or more historical events unfolds differently than it did in the real world. It can be variously seen as a sub-genre of literary fiction, science fiction, and historical fiction; different alternate history works may use tropes from any or all of these genres.'

This is the first book in a series that is an Alternate history story. It differs from our own history by a series of changes that make the UK' Fleet Air Arm stronger due to improved naval vessels, improved aircraft, improved technical development and improved tactics.
Makes for a great read, well worth the time.
There is a part 2 already out that continues the story

Whale Has Wings Vol ebook

Now patiently waiting for part 3.
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Best of what alternate history forum have to offer. Alternative history written and researched better than many "regular" history books. Lot's of fun for history buffs.
It starts with a revival of Fleet Air Arm and then it gets better. Pity it's not how it really happened.
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