- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 875 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Circaidy Gregory Press (19 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007MOIO5A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,990,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is fast-paced and packed with intrigue. How could anyone resist the following: “where had he taken the flying boat? And then there was the “special mission”. And here was Billy, at some unearthly hour, halfway across the world and half a century back in time setting off to rescue a tiger from an unbelievably cruel fate.” But there’s more to this novel than just a cracking adventure yarn. The relationship between Billy and his grandfather, whom he’d never met, is described with great sensitivity and the ending is so moving I had a tear in my eye.
I look forward to Billy’s next adventure!
Billy expects to have a quiet time staying at his gran's house. That is until a kaleidoscope from an old toy box transports him back to 1962 and the grandfather who died before he was born; RAF Squadron Leader Walker, otherwise known as Grandpop.
Billy's appearance makes things dashed awkward for Grandpop who has a spot of bother in Burmeon to attend to.
Meanwhile, tootling along the quiet roads in Grandpop's Austin Healey Sprite, Billy discovers the joys of 1960s England, a world of ginger beers and sherbert fountains, and gobstoppers.
Once in Burmeon Billy, together with new friend Radar are plunged into a classic jungle adventure, battling through swamps, and wriggling through underground tunnels in their bid to save Durga the Tiger and bring the tyrant General Kwok to justice.
It's a deadly mission but Billy is almost sorry when he returns to the modern world of 'plasticky cheesburgers and the jingle of ring-tones.'
S.P.Moss has the gift of combining page-turning adventure with the kind of evocative detail which brings the period vividly to life. The phrases and vocabulary of the times are spot on, and give the story an extra punch.As Grandpop might say, it's a jolly wizard read,and I defy you not to read it aloud to your children without a smile on your face.
In spite of the shock, it doesn' t take Billy long to find his feet (and his wings, as it were) in 1962, and soon he's on the way with Grandpop to the depths of South East Asia, where he pilots a flying boat, rescues a captive tiger, comes face to face with an Indian cobra and pits his wits against a mad dictator...
It's all very real - certainly not a dream - and very convincing to read. S. P. Moss knows her stuff about the RAF (I know - I'm an RAF crewman's daughter) and she has the language of 1962 and the sights and smells of that long-lost age off pat (again, I know... my memory just about goes back that far).
But in spite of the retro feel there is nothing old-fashioned about this tale - certainly nothing slow and ponderous. Billy's adventures unfold at (at least) Mach 3 - and whatever your age, you'll be chewing your knuckles with the excitement of it all long before the thrilling (and rather moving) end.
I should add that this adventure is great for girls as well as boys - yet another of those books I wish had been around when I was young.
Highly recommended - something truly different for kids and a lot of grown-ups will enjoy it too.
But this is no ordinary kaleidoscope. It doesn't only rearrange shards of colour.
It rearranges time.
Suddenly, Billy finds himself back in 1962 in the company of a young version of his late grandfather. And then the real adventure begins. There's a ride in an Austin Healey, a flight to the exotic land of Burmeon, some truly villainous villains, a fierce but friendly tiger, a fierce and unfriendly cobra, a perilous escape in a flying boat, and lots of fabulous feats of derring do along the way.
This is adventure in the tradition of Chums and the Boy's Own Magazine, with lashings of Biggles, a touch of Bond, and a sprinkling of Kipling - a genre that fell out of favour for a few decades but which is now back with a vengeance, stripped of its racism and colonial certainties and reimagined for the 21st Century. The story-telling is pacey, the writing style modern (with splendid dialogue excursions into old chappery and thoroughly bad eggs).
Girls and boys who love adventure will love this. I know I do. And next time I visit my parents, I'm going up into the attic to hunt for my old kaleidoscope ...
I loved the idea about the kaleidescope with the time travel and all that.
I also loved Monty and the frog-eyed green sports car (Austin Healy).
My favourite scene was the one when grandpop, Billy and Oswald F-e-a-t-h-e-r-s-t-o-n-e-h-a-u-g-h!!
where in the Sunderland and Oswald needed to jump out - that should have got rid of him.
I love planes and want to be an RAF pilot, so I especially loved this book.
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