4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must Buy,
This review is from: Dambuster (Hardcover)This review is from: Dambuster (Hardcover)
Product Description (from back of the book)
Lincolnshire May 1943. Twenty Lancaster bombers stand poised to fly one of World War 2's most daring and dangerous missions, 617 Squadron's legendary bouncing-bomb attack on Germany's dams. Success could shorten the war, the crews are told, but will inevitably come at a cost. Many of them, hand-picked by their charismatic if volatile leader, Guy Gibson, will not be coming back. After two tours of duty and fifty-nine missions, combat-seasoned pilot Peter Lightfoot and his loyal crew are already on borrowed time. Narrowly escaping death on a disastrous final operation over the Alps, a flight which ends by ditching their wrecked Lancaster into the Atlantic, the seven men are at last relieved from operational flying, job done. But haunted by a face from his past, Lightfoot cannot rest, and unknown to his crew applies to join Gibson's 617 Squadron, and fly the dams mission. A mission many see as certain suicide. Tense, thrilling, and meticulously researched as always, Robert Radcliffe's DAMBUSTER - like his bestselling UNDER AN ENGLISH HEAVEN - is an old-fashioned adventure of the most gripping sort
Not my normal type of read, i usually like my historical fiction set in ancient history, but i do also love my war films, and who can pass up a tale as great as the Dambusters?!
The main story is known so to have it told with the human side behind it, the real lives of the flyers is a whole new fresh angle, and in the main worked brilliantly, i felt close to all the characters, especially the crew of V for Vicky, and felt the pain of Credos burns and the loss of each crew, its told that well.
The only down side for me was the 2 or 3 chapters before the last, if got a little jumbled in the story line the plot a little mixed when it could either have been a longer book or just told in a simpler manner.
Overall though a book a would recommend, not just because it shows true courage and endurance, but also the humanity behind it, but its also one of those proud moments in our history that needs to be remembered, and this is a great way to do it. (Parm)