Band of Eagles

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Headline Review, Jan 1, 2007 - Fighter pilots - 374 pages
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Continuing the brilliant World War Two fighter pilot series - this time the theatre of war is the incredible story of the Siege of Malta.

Summer 1941. The tiny island of Malta, held by the British and a crucial supply point for the Allies, has become the most bombed place on earth. The Germans and Italians want to destroy it. For the fighter pilots of the RAF, initially equipped with ageing Hurricanes and outnumbered in the air, defeat seems almost certain. Flight commanders, Englishman Kit Curtis and American Ossie Wolf make an unlikely alliance. Both have survived the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain but Curtis remains idealistic and eager to prove himself. Wolf, by contrast, is ruthless and thrives in the chaos of imminent invasion. But as each man is tested to the limit, they come to share a common purpose and fresh understanding. The experiences of these pilots and their comrades are vividly conveyed in a novel of compelling pace and power, made still more real by meticulous research that captures the spirit of the time. By turns brutal, funny, tragic and heroic here is a spell-binding tour-de-force, a brilliant sequel to the best-selling Blue Man Falling.

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Review: Band of Eagles (World War Two Fighter Pilot #2)

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This is a very old fashioned sort of war book with lots of heroism and masculine camaraderie. The main plot is OK, but the sub-plot does not work at all. I do not imagine I will be seeking out the author's other books. Read full review

Review: Band of Eagles (World War Two Fighter Pilot #2)

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This book is a very good read for all those interested in a realistic account of what went on during WWII on Malta. The humanistic quality of the characters kept me wanting to know more, the action and use of RAF language of the time was fascinating. Read full review


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Frank Barnard trained as a journalist before moving into public relations. He worked as managing director for major international consultancies before quitting at 50 to write full time and race cars. He is married with two children and four grandchildren with whom he enjoys sailing and sea-fishing near his home in Rye, Sussex.

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