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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 7 Sep 2013
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Loved this book from start to finish.Very well written and gripping storyline.Couldn't put this book down.if you like this sort of fiction you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 9 May 2013
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These books are great, best books I've read for quite some time.

Great story line and the action sequences are brutal, just the way I like it :)!

Buy them you won't regret it!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 May 2013
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one of the best reads I`ve had cant wait for the next book to come on kindle better than the modern war stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read, 12 Feb 2014
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plenty of action wel lwritten full of imfo. should be read in big sessions not the book to pick up for 5 minutes.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 30 Jan 2014
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The first chapter is slightly confusing but all suddenly becomes clear with good in depth information on all the charachters
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 3 May 2013
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what a great read! if you love second world war books this is a must! brings back memories of books like the guns of navarone and where eagles dare!could not put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exiting read, 4 Aug 2013
Very fast moving story. All that you expect from a war novel. Difficult to put down. Recommended. Looking forward to the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World War II again, 13 July 2013
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Being a 'fan' of WW II tales I purchased this as a follow up. Although the reliance put on the main character is somewhat over the toip it was still a very believable tale, Well researched
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 24 Jun 2013
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good book continuing the commando series. highly reccomended for anyone that likes a bit of world war two fiction to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Bedlam, 17 Jun 2013
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This review is from: COMMANDO: Operation Bedlam (Paperback)
The second novel in Badelaire's Commando series picks up pretty much where the first instalment left off. No sooner have Tom Lynch and his team pulled out of France than the Nazis strike back with a vengeance and wipe out most of the resistance band they fought with previously. The stage is therefore set for a return mission to rescue the captured partisan leader. Mass casualty mayhem inevitably ensues.

This follow up has all the merits that made Operation Arrowhead so readable: a fluid style, neatly-sketched characters, lots of authentic military detail and a steady stream of action setpieces. In his author's note, Badelaire cites Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch as a particular inspiration, but his books are very much in the tradition of war movies from the 60s (or Saturday night teatime in the 70s for those of us who grew up a bit later). The heroes stick together and fight furiously, but in a straightforward battle of good against evil; there's none of the last-hurrah melancholy of Peckinpah's westerns, let alone the bitter cynicism of his only actual war film, Cross of Iron.

The scene where Lynch and his comrades infiltrate the SS headquarters with German uniforms and silenced pistols is pleasingly reminiscent of Where Eagles Dare, while the climactic church-and-crypt battle recalls the finale of the underrated partisan movie Operation Daybreak. There are some quieter interludes of character introspection to prevent the story turning into one damn shootout after another, and the full-on firefights are balanced by the tension of the scenes where Lynch and his lieutenant are captured and tortured by their Nazi nemesis Faust.

As before, I take my hat off to Badelaire for celebrating the toughness and courage of British commandos without the need for any American perspective, and for taking the trouble to make them sound convincingly English, Irish or Scottish (though no Englishman outside a "Commando" comic would make a rallying speech like Lieut Price's at the climax).

Finally, the author seems mindful that the stories might get a bit stale if the characters keep fighting back and forth over the same bit of ground. Judging by a hint in the afterword, the team's next mission may well be to North Africa. Being as it's mid-1941, they might get there just in time for the Rommel raid...
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