A superlative reference document by any measure,
This review is from: The DH 106 Comet (Hardcover)
The man who gave this book a one star is certainly not on this planet! He says, "...because it is not a history of the DH Comet". Poppycock!
Chapter 1 traces the development succinctly and accurately. Granted, that's in the first 27 pages but there are 367 pages in this FABULOUS book and nobody can say history is not recorded on the progression of the Comet through all its time in aviation.
I speak from having roughly 3000 hours on the Comet (4B/4C) and about 20,000 hrs on other types - so I know a bit about the subject of the Comet, and I can testify what a massive contribution Martin Painter's book is to those who loved the Comet from all angles - history included.
As a mild comparison, let us look at Timothy Walker's book on the Comet (205 pages) - Timothy 'thanked' 32 people by name and Martin 'thanked' 88 people so the depth of research and the sifting of real Comet people comes through and through reading Painter's book.
The idea of giving this book one star is just plain silly - like a good cake, Painter's book has ALL the ingredients and has been slavishly researched and the mixture is unbeatable as is the taste.
If you want one book on your bookshelf about the DeH Comet then is has to be Martin Painter's - the Comet bible.