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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
The situation of national/operational control between the FAA and the RAF has never really disappeared, even today.
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.
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
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Now patiently waiting for part 3.
It starts with a revival of Fleet Air Arm and then it gets better. Pity it's not how it really happened.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do wish Amazon could tell us whether this Author is still alive and able to complete this series, or as the case may be. Book 4 is now 2 years overdue. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CYMRO
The first volume of an absolutely brilliant series. I thoroughly enjoyed the book all the way through.
Went on to read book 2 straight after this one.
An interesting and well considered premise, what if the Royal Navy had gotten control of its own air assets back from the RAF much earlier and was able to plan a competent strategy... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Malcolm Rutherford
I'd give it a higher rating as it's a very good piece of alternative history but there are too many changes of tense and examples of poor editing to allow me to do soPublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
How it could have been otherwise, how it would have been in a slightly different universe. Any enthusiast for military history should read this!Published 15 months ago by Mark Maxwell
Absolutely brillant concept. Really well written with masses of detail. The story as it enfolds is very plausible. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SinisterDen
a pile of poo
if i wanted an alternate history documentary i would have watched the history channel and saved my money for a much better book.
Having read this book (albeit I haven't quite finished it yet), I find I am somewhat frustrated. The basic premise, that the Royal Navy regained control of its Air Arm in 1932, is... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have now read this entire series and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, written more as a historical text I was engrossed from start to finish and I am looking forward to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steve Colbeck
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