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Across The Blood-Red Skies Kindle Edition
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The nearest fictional work I can compare it to is Birdsong. It shares some vague similarities of plot and pace. Most of the story is set on the ground, rather than in the air although the airborne sequences are both exciting, wonderfully written and extremely accurate. Funnily enough a friend lent me Cecil Lewis's (famous broadcaster and WW1 pilot) autobiography Sagittarius Rising which I read a few weeks before this book. The fictional accounts of aerial combat in Radcliffe's novel are almost identical to the actual ones Lewis describes. The two books complement each other wonderfully. Early on there's a very nasty account of the gas attack at the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the actions of the Canadian infantry around St Julien. My great-grandfather fought alongside the Canadians at this battle so it had special impact for me.
Best of all I think Radcliffe must have read my review of his last book Upon Dark Waters because although his new novel is written using a similar style of flashback and non-linear story telling this time round he spoils the plot very little apart from the obvious conclusion that the main character George Duckwell survives the war. Cleverly the conclusion of 'Across the Blood red Skies' isn't revealed until the very end. As it should be!
Normally I try and highlight at least some negative aspect of anything I review just to try and put my review in balance. This time round I can't. This is simply a great book for those who appreciate intelligent, literate books about the men and women who fought in the world wars.
The story has all Radcliffe's strengths - vivid characterisation, panoramic scene setting, elegant plot,meticulous grasp of the subject matter. Maybe in places, so much so that it could be educational as well as entertaining.
It does have weaknesses - an occasional lapse into mini-series drama, what some people might see as trite resolutions and the odd glaringly careless detail.
For all that, though, I loved it, couldn't put it down and have to say - get it and enjoy!
Thoroughly recomended .
This is the second Robert Radcliffe book that I've read , I can also strongly recomend "Under an English Heaven" .
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