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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so secret,really., 29 July 2010
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I. H. Smith (Bedford, Beds United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ian Fleming's Secret War (Hardcover)
As a long-time fan of Fleming (I have all of the numerous biographies of the man;even those long out-of-print)I was expecting rather a lot more from this than what it actually delivered. Not only has it been poorly proof-read (spelling mistakes abound),but very little new information comes to light that can't already be gleaned from Andrew Lycett's or John Pearson's earlier biographies;indeed,quite a lot less. Although it certainly delves into the activities of Flemings 30AU at some depth,it entirely omits the well-documented experiences (as described in several other biographies)of Fleming in the first 6 months of the war,when he was caught up in the fall of Paris and subsequently aided in (even,in some cases,personally took charge of) the evacuation of thousands of people to the UK. As for the rest,it all appears to be terribly brief and lacks depth.Each chapter seems to last no longer than 4 pages,and the book is padded out by numerous appendices.
If all you want is a general overview of Fleming's war years,then this is all well and good;if somewhat brief. But for sheer readability,I would recommend Lycett's aforementioned biography.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by all the errors, 19 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Ian Fleming's Secret War (Hardcover)
Within the first few pages of this book I found the excessive number of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors to be so overwhelming, irritating and distracting that I was unable to concentrate on the subject matter. For example, "...there was only three men..." (p. xxiv); "It also highlight actual events..." (p. xxv); "grass routes" (p. 7). The misspelling of Blechley (sic) Park is not corrected until Chapter Four. It would seem that the text was neither edited nor proof read before publication. I hesitate to comment on the style of writing as this is subjective, but nevertheless I felt the explanation for Fleming's lack of 'respect for the women he loved' on pp.108-109 to be crudely worded. Despite a lot of obvious research by the author the book is marred by poor presentation and does not read well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly illiterate, 18 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Ian Fleming's Secret War (Hardcover)
It is rarely that I come across such appalling writing. Grammar and spelling mistakes abound on every page. A lot of sentences make little sense. There is no style to speak of. It is difficult to believe the author is a journalist with a longish list of published books to his credit. Someone -- a proper winter -- should have taken over and written the book as the story of Ian Fleming's secret war is worth telling.
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