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Operation Arrowhead (COMMANDO Book 1) by [Badelaire, Jack]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in COMMANDO (5 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 806 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books; Revised edition (30 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SWHKSW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I was growing up in the 1970s, "War and Westerns" was an established section of the average WH Smiths, and authors like Sven Hassel and Leo Kessler were practically household names (at least to the boys, sorry "young adults" of my generation). But while military history still takes up half the non-fiction shelves in Waterstones, military fiction seems to have slipped out of the mainstream. Recently, however, it's been making something of a comeback, pioneered by gritty WW2 series from the likes of James Holland and Michael Asher. And indie authors have followed them into the breach, including Jack Badelaire, whose Commando: Operation Arrowhead kicks off an action-packed new series of its own.

Badelaire writes an insightful blog on what he calls post-modern pulp fiction and he highlights the suitability of the ebook format for short, punchy, 'disposable' stories written primarily to entertain. Operation Arrowhead follows the body-littered progress of a British commando mission into occupied France, a focus that is particularly welcome coming from an American writer, given that Hollywod tends to focus exclusively on the US experience of war. Badelaire clearly has an interest in the subject, backed up by detailed research, and he largely manages to make his British characters sound British (No mean feat, as Dick van Dyke could testify). Tom Lynch, the hero, hails from Ulster, and I didn't really get a sense of his Irishness, but his sergeant is unmistakeably Scottish! More significantly, Lynch can serve in the British Army with scarcely a qualm even though his father was killed by the British during the war of indepence. They're uniting against a common enemy, of course, but I think Badelaire could draw out a more conflicted aspect to his character in future stories.
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This is a fictional story just like a war movie. But you find it easy to get into and follow the story line with expectation. Was enjoyable and also informative. Have also bought the follow up to this and look forward to reading when on my hols.
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If you liked the commando war comics you will like these similar genre. Good short read characters developed quite well and some were interesting worth a read. The book was not very long and looking at the series they all are shortbread. Not sure whether to get next one.
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Read this book over a couple of days and enjoyed it. It reminded me of the monthly comic books of my youth. The story rattles along at a good pace which makes you want to turn the next page which is always a good indication.
The characters have enough depth to make them believable and there is enough action for most people.
A good read
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I didn't realise that this was a short story,and was a bit disappointed as it seemed that just as the reader got into the story that the book comes to an end, having said that,the story is well told and enjoyable,the characters are believable. I have now purchased the other two books in this series and enjoying the follow on story
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I really enjoyed this book about Corporal Lynch. Lynch joins the army and escaped from France in 1940. Desperate to get back at the Germans he joins the Commandos and gets selected for an elite squad who get taken to France to assist the Partisans in killing alot of Germans, which they do. A good read.
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Like an old fashioned Commando Comic in novel form. I real ly enjoyed it, a bit contrived in places but none the worse for that, not high art but really good fun. Good characters great story can't wait for the next one.
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The product discription discribes this as being in the same field as''The guns of Naverone'
Sorry but I have to disagree. Like a previous reviewer I grew up with the likes of Leo Kessler, Seven Hassel ect.
These guys captured the blood guts and brutality of war.
Sadly I felt that Jack Badelaire lacked something.
The plot I felt was just too implausable. Spitfires to the rescue, sorry no way. Spoiler.
Anyone with a forces back ground will pick up on some basic fieldcraft errors on both sides.
I wonder if the author has ever fired a Bren gun. Whilst having a No 2 to change magazines is correct no mention is given to the fact that even after a short period of use the barrel gets red hot and would have to be changed.
A convoy of troop carrying lorries, don't get me started....

Yep, another of my grump old man rants.

Question: Do teenager still read this sort of stuff?
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