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A positively engaging read about 30 Assault Unit (30 AU) during WW2.. and Ian Flemming.
on 7 August 2017
A positively engaging read about 30 Assault Unit (30 AU) during WW2 (with a brief modern history included at the end of the book) and Ian Fleming (the writer of the James Bond series).
I must be honest in saying that, at first, I loathed the including of material about James Bond since I wanted to read about war and not another series entirely. I found myself reading between the lines and picking out the materiel I wanted to read, in the first few chapters at least. For the most part of the book, after the begging and until the end, James Bond features only lightly across each chapter but by the end I'd come to the conclusion that it would be impossible to tell the story of Ian Fleming and 30 AU without writing about the James Bond series. Footnotes largely relate to James Bond and I ignored most after realising. I can't be quite sure how to conclude my opinion on such including of material. I've read it, I don't feel like it wasted my time, that is all.
Beside the above, and on the whole, I found it a valuable account of WW2 to read. It includes detail of much but keeps them light. It provides a chronological account of 30 AU throughout WW2 and concludes in the modern day. It has interesting bits in the intelligence that was obtained and stories of how famous writers like Ernest Hemingway was involved in the war, if only briefly. There is another author mentioned that struck me but fail to recall a name. I'd say if spies, intelligence and alike are favourable reads then this is a volume that might take your interest for that angle.
The book includes a section of photographs that span some handful of pages but beside that the book is a wall of text. Given all this time on I can't help but feel additional material in the forms of maps, scanned documents and alike would have positively expanded the work and only added to its contribution of books on WW2. The book doesn't fail without the including of such material but certainly other volumes of WW2 books provide content that show me things this one does not. The book serves its purpose mind, and tells the story, so that's most important.
There's a couple of full stops missing on two unrecorded pages and a sentence that starts and makes no sense on an unrecorded page also. I'm surprised proof-readers, editors and alike haven't picked this up. One for the sharp eyed that has no real effect on anything when all considered.
The covers a nice design and makes it easy on the eye. The font of the book is spaced for an engaging read but not so much that one is left looking from top to bottom of a page to read the next sentence (metaphorically). Very well typesette'd and formatted. Printed on cream like paper that makes the blackness stand out and easier on the eye.
Overall for the small fee, perhaps less than £3, you can pay for a used copy of this volume on Amazon it really is a steal. Despite my three star rating for the various disagreements stated above I'd recommend this without a doubt to the addition in ones collection. I think perhaps my next hunt is to obtain the other titles from this author and see how they compare. But then that's an authors job done, isn't it? When a reader feels the need to explore more volumes and purchase another copy the book must have left an impression.