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I bought this novel on the understanding that it was a Cold War thriller, only to find that its entire thrust was about the UFO phenomenon which reached a peak in the 1950s. Aside from the slight disappointment that I felt over what is well-raked over content, I soon found, that apart from the accurate historical references to UFO sightings, who was Prime Minister etc. in 1952, Jason had very little clue about the military content.
After reading of Hunter Hawkers instead of Hawker Hunters ( a fighter plane which, incidentally, did not enter service until 1954) I started to make notes of all the factual mistakes. For future reference, Jason, a Group Captain outranks a Squadron Leader and would not call him sir or take orders from him. A sergeant is called Sarge and not sir, Vampire jets did not fly from aircraft carriers, that was the Sea Venom, HMS Illustrious (not The HMS) was in training mode throughout 1952. On 1 September of that year she hosted No. 4 Squadron and No. 860 Squadrons, Royal Netherlands Naval Aviation Service (RNNAS) for training, as well as 824 Squadron. Between the three squadrons they had 20 Fireflies and 8 Sea Furies when they participated in the major NATO exercise Main Brace. Fireflies and Sea Furies during Main Brace, not Vampires, Captain (not commander) RD Watson (not Tim) did not assume command of the Illustrious until the day after the date you have noted, the man in command on that date was Captain Jellicoe who was relieved on September 26th.
The correct address for an admiral is Admiral Lord and not Lord Admiral.
On a non-military note, although developed in Germany in 1922, A4 paper was not introduced into the UK until 1974. In the 1950s it would have been foolscap.
I have noted that others have commented on the poor punctuation and occasional poor spelling. There's not much I can add to that except to point out that there is an accepted convention in literature that a comma is placed before a name in a sentence in dialogue. It doesn't often change the meaning of the sentence but can on occasion, e.g. 'Call me Dave.' 'Call me, Dave.' In the first instance Dave is asking to be called by his Christian name, in the second a third party is asking Dave to telephone him. The comma makes the difference. This convention is sadly ignored throughout this book.
I'm about halfway through and debating whether I have the will to continue.
The period in which the story is set was a time of immense change within the RAF, during 1951/2 the wartime Chain Home system was giving way to Rotorplan and moving underground or buried in concrete. Even at this time the RAF still relied upon the venerable De Havilland Mosquito to provide some of its night fighter capability prior to the introduction of Vampire, Venom and Meteor night fighters.
Basic research of the era would have thrown up some interesting incidents involving UFO's such as those occurring to Vampire night fighters flying from West Malling in Kent and also the incident that occurred over Luce Bay in South West Scotland (West Freugh incident).
Gary M also mentioned the poor grammar used within the story. Perhaps this being the case a subscription to either Ginger or more preferably Grammarly to assist in solving this issue.
Oh well what do I know (Carol ex RAF scope jockey and latterly now an academic!)
Very rarely do I recommend things to other people. As a matter of fact, this is the first time I have ever taken the time to write a review. It is not easy to gain and then maintain my interest as I am gifted with an exceptionally rare level of insight. So the fact that I have written this says enough.
Read this book.
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