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on 16 December 2012
I have read all his books, but sadly i did not enjoy this one. The story was written from different standpoints with a chapter for one then a chapter for another, i am sure this is very interesting but if as i was you are sitting down for a good read frustrating. I found the start with the young Sgt pilot very good and then we didn't see him again until the end and his character was just shut off. I am sure this was well written and very good for people into style etc but if you just want a good rattling read no, not one for you (or me).
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on 2 March 2018
A little like the tv documentaries that run for a very long hour but could have been really interesting shortened to 20 minutes, a sad analogy but one tended to forget bits as the story unfolded.
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on 10 December 2012
If you want a novel that incorporates the air wars of the last century, and draws you in to the dramatic and often tragic events of the times, look no further. It is peopled with entirely believable (but often not very "nice") characters, and is a beautifully told epic of human love and error. The man character, Guv, is a truly appalling piece of work, and remains uncaring and self-centred to the very end, when he leads the ever-biddable Stan to the story's final conclusion. A truly great read.
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on 4 August 2013
The fourth book by Frank Barnard and the first without his two regular heroes, a fine mixture of action novel and family saga, with a huge twist at the end, but it's the attention to detail that really impresses, the color of flares the usefulness or otherwise of the planes, if you buy it and you should, you will be taken away
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on 3 February 2018
Frank Barnard at his very best: I have read all his books and this sets the base line superbly. What a great shame he did not start publishing them earlier in his life. He is without doubt the Wilbur Smith of the skies.
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on 11 June 2016
Very good read and an interesting concept taking the sons of WW1 flyers into WW2
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on 23 October 2013
This is not my usual style of writer so it left me not knowing what to expect. Not expecting to go further with this author
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on 18 August 2013
Frank Barnard's books, all of which I have read being an author local to me, have got better and better as he has gone along. Looking forward to the next one!
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on 13 September 2013
this is a really well written and much researched book.Unlike one of the reviewers I enjoyed the different chapters on the characters. It built the backgrounds of each character and pulled the story together. I found the aerial fights exciting and went through different emotions regarding the central character Guv. Admiration, loathing and at one point pity. As the title of my review, a cracking good read
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on 4 October 2014
Very boring it took a long time to get going
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