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Hitler Versus Me (The Bandy Papers) Paperback – 11 Aug 2006
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"There are conversational non-sequiturs as dizzying as the air
battle sequences...a worthy addition to the Bandy canon" -- Star-Phoenix, Oct 5, 1996
"plenty of clever wordplay...nestled within a quick-moving plot
laced with situational humour"
-- Calgary Herald, Mar 22, 1997
Bandy is back! It's 1940, and the intrepid air ace of WWI is eager to join the fight against Germany. Unfortunately, everyone seems to think Bandy is too old to be flying Spitfires, and should go quietly into retirement to polish his medals and knighthoods. Bandy, however, has other ideas, and uses his friends and/or enemies in high places to manoeuvre himself into the Battle of Britain. Between being mistaken for a Nazi spy, a communist, or a Chelsea pensioner, Bandy has as much trouble on the ground as he has in the air with the Luftwaffe, and when his son arrives on the scene, his troubles only get worse. This edition also includes Donald Jack's novelette "Where Did Rafe Madison Go?" Jack wrote the story just as the fate of the Avro Arrow jet fighter was still up in the air (the first test flight taking place in March '58, and the programme's termination coming only four months after the story was published). In "Where Did Rafe Madison Go?"Jack imagines a future delta-winged descendant of the Arrow, the CF-108, and takes us through the RCAF court martial that is trying to uncover the explanation for the plane's mysterious disappearance, an incident that even the pilot, Rafe Madison, doesn't understand.
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Fantastic series, well written and engaging. Sad to find out the author is no longer with us, but he left a true legacy in Bandy16 November 2017
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Got into this series by pure chance, and was instantly addicted...Read the books back to back, and was sad to learn the author is no longer with us so the next one in the series is the last fix I will get. Brilliantly written, totally absorbing and under the humorous surface a really good story running through the books. Absolute delight!
18 December 1999
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I was delighted to find a Bandy book in print that I hadn't seen before, but I can't say I actually enjoyed reading it all that much - a rehash of previous books with some very dim psychology stuffed into it. Let's hope the earlier books are back in print soon, I've lost all mine over the years. "That's Me In The Middle" - same author, same characters, is a true masterpiece.
15 August 2000
Not as witty as his previous works but definitively the work of Donald Jack. It is true to say that his work never seemed to recover from the end on the War and his sagas tended to ramble. Still, it was pleasing to see that Bart never quite got over his lack of respect for persons of authority. Does anyone know whether there are any plans to re-issue the original books?
8 December 1998
After reading this book, I must say that this is probably the finest work of Donald Jack. The jokes and punes are so subtle that you can read the book several times (As I have done) and discover new ones each time. A witty and very entertaining book.
13 September 2006
I was a big fan of the early Bandy books; they had wit, subtlety, comedy, insight and a hard edge. "Hitler Versus Me" I find actually painful to read. What ought to have been a wonderful vehicle for Bart's genius and ineptitude turns out to be a marathon you have to force yourself to read, in the hope it improves as you get through it.
24 November 1998
I don't know, maybe I'm a lot older and (just perhaps)a bit wiser, but I have to say I didn't think Mr Jack's latest volume on the saga of Bartholomew Bandy was up to his earlier high standards. The first four volumes tapped into the idealism and cynicism of the Great War with plenty of oblique references to actual events and characters and a nicely understated delivery that I found valuable pre-reading before immersing myself in more factual books of the period. But this book seems to rush from contrived scene to contrived scene with far too many echoes of his previous work - dare I say it almost rehashing pieces in places. Personally I think Mr Bandy should fade away gracefully. I would have been far happier remembering him in fox-fur, with his squint-eyed wife or as a White Russian general.