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Biggles of the Fighter Squadron by W E Johns

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List Price: £5.99

 

Paperback: 208 Pages.

Published: 04 February 1993 by Red Fox

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 0099217015

EAN: 9780099217015

The first world war is nearing its final stages and Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the German air aces.

In this game cunning is everything and Biggles hatches some outrageous and desperate schemes in order to stay ahead, and alive.

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5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

Thirteen short stories of escapades, which Biggles and his fellow pilots get up to.

This is really a trip back to my childhood for me as I am sure I must have read nearly every one of these books in my youth.

The setting is at the front in France in the last weeks of the first world war. The aeroplanes are biplanes with wings of paper and string and 140 miles per hour is very fast. I find Biggles as a very “Happy-go-lucky” pilot, who frequently comes near to death, but always finds a way out. This is the classic style which was in vogue for childrens' books of that period of time.

The stories are well and clearly told, with an acceptance that the baddies, ie. the Germans, do get killed, but there are no gruesome descriptions such as prevail today.

If, like me, you were a follower of Biggles in your youth, then this book will bring back memories. If your are new to Biggles you can now catch up with what you missed all those years ago.

Language  OOO  Sex  OOO  Violence OOO

 
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