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#4497843 - 11/21/19 02:43 PM Really good kindle novel  
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Reading an excellent kindle novel set during the early days of WW1 onwards centred around famous names we all know I'm certain. Some great stuff regarding Richthofen during his time in the Cavalry. Also very interesting following Fokker aswell. Strange, Hawker, Boelcke and Immelmen all appear aswell, plus many more.

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The Astonished Earth: A Novel of Flight and Legends by C Beck.


I really find glaring errors in research immersion killers. Thankfully the author knows his stuff.

Buy it!!

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#4497846 - 11/21/19 03:17 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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THANK YOU....I'll pick it up, never enough of these

#4497878 - 11/21/19 11:14 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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I agree never enough.

I have....

Derek Robinsons fantastic trilogy Goshawk Squadron, Hornet Sting, War Story
The Larks
Over and Above
Winged Victory
Across the blood red skies
Quiet Earth
Raise the War Cry
Fledglings
The Eagle and the Albatross (will get the second book, not yet though)
Flight of Youth
Wings of Contrition
The Old Lie (Alex Revell novel)
1917 Inherit the Blue, 1918 Blue Skies Aloft, 1918 The Unforgiving Sky (kindle trilogy)
Aces over Ypres
Wings of the Morning

All the above worth reading. In particular, Astonished Earth, Derek Robinsons trilogy, Winged Victory, The Old Lie, Across blood red skies.

Fledglings and Eagle and the Albatross are from the German side, Astonished Earth covers both. The rest are from Entente side. Favourite? Has to be all three of Derek Robinsons books.

#4497973 - 11/22/19 06:23 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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My favorites: Robinson's Goshawk, Hornet Sting, The Blue Max, Winged Victory.

#4498051 - 11/23/19 04:05 AM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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I should seek out Robinsons trilogy. I've heard nothing but good reports over the years. Winged Victory is a true classic. Just finished it again and a very sobering read it is. Poor Yeates. Gets Flying Sickness D and PUO which leads to TB. And this kills him at the end of 1934, the same year the book is published. He is only 37 and does not live to see it acclaimed. Truly poignant.

#4498056 - 11/23/19 09:19 AM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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Yeah definitely, highly recommend DR's books.


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#4498065 - 11/23/19 12:01 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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Along with the marvelous books already mentioned here, others that I highly recommend are:

"Sagittarius Rising", Cecil Lewis
"No Parachute", Arthur Gould Lee
"Open Cockpit: A Pilot of the Royal Flying Corps", Arthur Gould Lee
"Horses Don’t Fly: A Memoir of World War I", Frederick Libby
"Wind in the Wires", Duncan Grinnell-Milne
"An Escaper’s Log", Duncan Grinnell-Milne
"Double-Decker C.666", Haupt Heydemarck
"Heaven High, Hell Deep", Norman Archibald
"The Way of the Eagle", Charles Biddle
"With the Earth Beneath", A.R. Kingsford
"The Red Battle Flyer", Manfred von Richthofen
"War Birds; Diary of an Unknown Aviator", Elliot White Springs
"Up And At 'Em", Harold Hartney
"Stepchild Pilot", Joseph Doerflinger
"En L'air!", Bert Hall
"Go Get 'Em!", William Wellman

There are of course scads more. So many books, so little time.

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#4498153 - 11/24/19 12:35 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: Wodin]  
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One book I cannot recommend enough is the Friendless sky by Alexander Mckee. This is the book that I kickstarted my interest in WW1, and eventually other earlier wars. It's not fiction and it does not dwell heavily on the technical apsects of the aircraft, but more of an over reaching look at all aspects of WW1 aerial warfare. Very well written with some dry humour, a distrust of the higher ups, and free of any bombastic or jingoistic nonsense.

Funny thing is I bought the book when I was still a boy at a car boot sale for cheap, but kept putting off reading it as I thought WW1 would be dull and boring. Now as an adult , every so often I dust it off for a re-read. Not sure if it has had a digital reissue so you may need to keep an eye out on ebay and such like.

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I wonder if Mr Beck is setting up for a series here?


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#4498647 - 11/28/19 07:08 PM Re: Really good kindle novel [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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Originally Posted by RAF_Louvert
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Along with the marvelous books already mentioned here, others that I highly recommend are:

"Sagittarius Rising", Cecil Lewis
"No Parachute", Arthur Gould Lee
"Open Cockpit: A Pilot of the Royal Flying Corps", Arthur Gould Lee
"Horses Don’t Fly: A Memoir of World War I", Frederick Libby
"Wind in the Wires", Duncan Grinnell-Milne
"An Escaper’s Log", Duncan Grinnell-Milne
"Double-Decker C.666", Haupt Heydemarck
"Heaven High, Hell Deep", Norman Archibald
"The Way of the Eagle", Charles Biddle
"With the Earth Beneath", A.R. Kingsford
"The Red Battle Flyer", Manfred von Richthofen
"War Birds; Diary of an Unknown Aviator", Elliot White Springs
"Up And At 'Em", Harold Hartney
"Stepchild Pilot", Joseph Doerflinger
"En L'air!", Bert Hall
"Go Get 'Em!", William Wellman

There are of course scads more. So many books, so little time.

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Great selection. I have a fair few memoirs aswell plus non fiction books. Alex Revells book on 56 squadron is a must,"High in the empty blue" for the other side I recommend "Hunting with RIchthofen" by Bodenshatz translated by J Hayzlett.


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