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Until the Night (The Bomber War Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I don't know if it's in any way accurate, I once knew a bomb aimer who'd been to the Big City several times and although he would cheerfully show me raid photo's and talk a little about the people he had flown with I rather got the impression that no matter how a bomber raid was talked about I'd never really know what it was like. There is one scene in the book told around a dead rear gunner getting taken out of his turret, that rang true because one of my uncles was a rear gunner on Lancasters during the war and that was about the only "story' I ever got out of him, the use of hose pipes.
The book is an enjoyable read and I was sorry when I turned the last page, in part it reads a bit like Nevil Shute's Pastoral and in parts is similar to Dirk Bogarde's 1953 film "Appointment in London". I'm not for one minute suggesting that the author has `pinched' anything from either but that this book is about the same subject and has the same style. If you enjoyed either, or both, of those I'd be really surprised if you didn't enjoy this.
Some 12110 `pages' on my iPad, in the main it's very well formatted, I only came upon half a dozen or so occasions where a word had been left out or repeated.
'Until the Night' is a noveI and none the less worse for it.
Personally I would say that it ranks alongside Len Deighton's fictional masterpiece, 'Bomber'.
But whereas 'Bomber' was an in depth account of a raid against a target in Germany, seen from all aspects of the British attack and the German defence; 'Until the night' deals solely, but at length with the RAF bombing campaign against Germany's cities, culminating with the great raids of the Battle of Berlin.
James Philip has plainly studied his subject, and the amount of detail in the story is astonishing. Although it is not the case, one could almost believe that he writes from personal experience. In a matter of fact way he describes the minutiae of flying a Lancaster bomber on operations, and the experience of working and living on an operational RAF Bomber Command station during the traumatic winter months of 1943 and into 1944 when the bomber war at it's most deadly; for all concerned.
The dis-spiriting feeling engendered of the inevitability of death that the young aircrews and those around them suffered at this time is brought home forcefully to the reader.
A great novel.
This is an outstanding read and very highly recommended for all who have a fascination with bomber command. The characters are all well drawn and believable. All in all , I could not put the book down. Well done to the author and thank you for giving me such enjoyment.
Most recent customer reviews
A true to life story of the second world war in the air a harrowing yet superb account of the suffering experienced by so many.Published 18 months ago by Roy Hedges
I have read many books and accounts of the 'Bomber War' but 'Until the Night' ranks as one of the best. I have re-read it and no doubt will do so again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Julia B
the bits about the aircraft and bombing not bad but the love scenes were absolutely dire. fought my way to nearly 90 percent but then decided life is too short. Read morePublished 21 months ago by venuser
Good story, and onsite in the 2nd world war and flying bombers.Published on 18 July 2015 by Gordon Williams
A gripping account of life and death on a Lancaster squadron in the grim autumn and winter of 1943-44. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2015 by P. M. Otter
Whilst not an entirely original storyline, whatever attraction it held was quickly obliterated by appalling spelling and grammar errors and the total absence of any evidence that... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2015 by CyberTyger
I have been reading books about Bomber Command for over 40 years, from your standard Max Hastings/Martin Middlebrook factuals, to fiction from James Campbell/Len Deighton at... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2015 by Simon A. Raymond
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