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5.0 out of 5 stars Don Saville
Sad story but true this is what happens when the human race tear each other apart. Excellent story fast moving and very interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but slow start.
Overall this is worth a read, but it is very third person for the first 40% of the book (understandably as it's put together from Saville's logbooks). However, it does read very much as if you are reading his logbook, with little meat to fill in the detail at times.

There is no doubt that Saville was an excellent aviator, but this book was a little too much...
Published 16 months ago by PhilButler


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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 14 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
Not a bad book not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it none the less would recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars An in depth history of a remarkable aviator., 10 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
The book is a very comprehensive narrative of a remarkable pilot and leader of RAF bomber crews operating aircraft which were known to have a high attrition rate. A good source of historical data for students of this genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but slow start., 2 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
Overall this is worth a read, but it is very third person for the first 40% of the book (understandably as it's put together from Saville's logbooks). However, it does read very much as if you are reading his logbook, with little meat to fill in the detail at times.

There is no doubt that Saville was an excellent aviator, but this book was a little too much like a list of facts and for me personally, needed more personal aspects. It does get better when it gets to the point in his life where the author met him.

Worth a read, but a little limited in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
Superb read. I particularly enjoyed as my late father in law served under him in "Gold Squadron". He was shot down 2 nights after Don Saville over Hamburg and survived as POW. Facinating insight into life at that time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawker "Heart" These inaccuracies spoil an optherwise good read., 28 Oct 2014
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Well worth a read! I was a little surprised by the innaccuracies e.g. Hawker "Heart" These inaccuracies spoil an optherwise good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining and factual read, 8 Oct 2013
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This book was is some ways gripping, charting as it did the life of a man who was at the forefront of flying in its early days. The content and chronology are superb although the style of writing is a little stilted. Chappell reports factually without the 'asides' which would have added to the interest and readability of the story. I found the book difficult to put down only because of my love of reading about the war and the exploits of those taking part in the air warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
An excellent read about a truly magnificent Australian
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another hero of Bomber Command remembered, 3 Oct 2013
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I did not know of this great pilot until I read this book. I found the writing style a bit turgid but behind that this story deserves to be read. This was an extraordinary generation and the exploits of men like Don Saville are both inspirational and humbling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars but very good first half or, 9 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
bit too repetitive, but very good first half or so
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 21 July 2014
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This review is from: Bomber Commander: Don Saville DSO, DFC - 'The Mad Australian: Don Saville DSO, DFC - "The Mad Australian" (Kindle Edition)
Was slow to start but was very informative
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