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Thunder in May Paperback – 18 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Spiderwize (18 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908128208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908128201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Johnson is an electronics Engineer with extensive experience in a variety of commercial and marine settings. For the last few years he has combined this with his role as a qualified Yachtmaster instructor offering classroom and own boat training in navigation, radar, boat electrics and electronic systems.


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Andy Johnson once more produces a Corking War Novel. And once more I am left wondering why no publisher haas picked him up? Mr Johnson is published through Spiderwize a self publisher outfit. There is a lot of good War Fiction out there at the moment but recently retired WO1 (RSM) Andy Johnson of the Coldstream Guards is in my opionion knocking them all for six.

He traces the events of 1940 from the assualt on eben emael to the last boat leaving dunkirk, he follows the fortunes of various Tommies & Huns with the odd frenchman and belgian thrown in to produce a well paced page turner.

I hope to see a third novel soon.
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'Unputdownable' isn't in the Oxford English dictionary, but if it was it'd surely mention 'Thunder in May' as an example. Andy Johnson has perfected the ability to write an historical novel using character that zips along with pace, unfolding events informatively without boring the reader. Both sides of the conflict are dealt equal time to explain perspectives and experiences with such vividness, at the end I fully expected to find dirt under my fingernails. You do feel right there in the midst of the action following Sergeant Jackson through thick and thin as he looks after the men under his charge, fighting a retreat back to Dunkirk, picking up stragglers he inspires to fight alongside him and his troop.

A brilliant adventure.

Don't forget, a part of the purchase price goes towards charity.

A great prequel to 'Seelowe Nord' and I can't wait for the third book. Well done, Andy.
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Andy Johnson has produced a genuinely excellent read in Thunder in May. This is teh story of the western Europe Blitzkreig as seen from the perspective of a number of protagonists, allied and German. The story rips along and flows nicely despite the number of perspectives being used. There is plenty of action as well as character development.

Andy has also managed to produce a story with minimal jingoism, I found myself as interested and involved with the German tales as I was with the allied. This helps the story to maintain its momentum and reader engagement.

I see in a previous review Andy Johnson is not signed to a publishers. If any publishers read comments here (and they should) then they ought to sign him up pretty quick, he's a very talented story teller
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Andy Johnson is an ex-guardsman, and it shows. This is a cracking good read, I read one of his other books (Seelowe Nord), so decided to get his other two. All about the bloody balls up when the Germans invaded France and the Low Countries, causing the retreat of the BEF to Dunkirk. It wasn't quite the walkover for the Germans that the history books suggest, if the Allies had better commanders and the Germans hadn't been so well organised then it might have gone dreadfully wrong for them. Highly recommended, it all rings true and it's a good read.
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A brilliant follow up to his first novel, the author is on steady ground here with a well researched historical action novel. The pace is excellent and his characters believable. The only negative being that the book could do with more maps to show the reader where he is, I found myself constantly grabbing an atlas. Lets hope he doesnt get a publisher, he doesnt need one as there are very few editing mistakes, and they will simply ensure that his next book is ridiculously expensive. Look forward to his next one.
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Excellently written - and wonderfully accurate from a weapons and tactics perspective.....

And a great dramatisation of those fateful days that led up to one of the greatest achievements of World War 2....
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Loved this book. A real good well written World War 2 tale.

The British Guards standing up to the Germans and giving them a bloody nose at times.

Good action and good characters.
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Absolutely brilliant novel which takes you to the heart of the battle encompassing events from both sides and even though we know the outcome you are drawn into the individual stories,re reading seelowe nord now!
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