It's refreshing to read an account of the air war from the view of a Soviet pilot. The book was a pleasure to read and gives you a taste of the stoic nature of the men who fought on the Eastern Front. Most of the characters in the book wind up dead and on a couple of occasions I found it quite moving. The book is written in an honest and simple, matter of fact manner that keeps you reading on, hoping against hope that some of Emelianenko's friends will survive. Most don't. The interpreter has also added a bit of unintentional feel that some people might find a bit off-putting. It didn't bother me.
The book tells the tale of the author who flew Shturmovik ground attack aircraft against terrible odds and was shot down three times. He saw all but a couple of his comrades lose their lives, but continued to fight on regardless of the somewhat shabby equipment. There are some lovely little side stories and the whole thing is fascinating and fresh to someone who has never read anything about the eastern front. I did find all the Soviet names a bit confusing, but that's my problem. The epilogue, which is quite sad, pretty much sums the whole book up. A very good read.