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review 2019-02-10 03:34
WIDENING AIR WAR OVER WESTERN EUROPE (1939-1944)
Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War - Patrick G. Eriksson

"ALARMSTART: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War" is the result of the past 30 years of research carried out by the author, in addition to his interviews with surviving Luftwaffe fighter pilots who had flown in the West (from September 1939 to June 6, 1944), as well as a few who had flown in the invasion of Poland and subsequently were assigned to the West. 

"Alarmstart" (Scramble!) constitutes what is likely to be one of the last books of its kind in which Luftwaffe veteran pilots are able to share their stories, because the ranks of surviving pilots is thinning out very quickly. Indeed, many of them are now dying off. It is a book that also benefits from containing photos never before released, as well as primary documents, diaries, and flight logs. For that reason, "Alarmstart" comes very highly recommended. 

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review 2019-01-14 16:16
AN OLD AMERICAN EAGLE FROM WORLD WAR I RELATES HIS STORY
Sopwith Camel Fighter Ace - Robert M. (Bob) Todd

I first became aware of Robert M. Todd, one of America's World War I fighter aces, in January 1988 when I read his obituary in a local newspaper. As someone with a fascination for World War I aviation, I became curious to know about more him. Thankfully, I chanced upon this book a short time ago.

"SOPWITH CAMEL FIGHTER ACE" was originally published a decade before Todd's death at age 90. In it, Todd shares with the reader excerpts from letters he had written to his family and friends, which detailed some of his experiences during flight training and overseas in Europe. Todd also consulted some of the records from the squadron in which he served at the Front during June to August 1918 (the 17th Aero Squadron) to also provide further details of his military service. 

Todd had his "crowded hour" in the 2 months he served in France, flying Sopwith Camels (one of the war's best known aircraft, which by war's end was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft) on a variety of missions, from close-support ground attacks against German frontline and rear area installations, bomber escort, and offensive patrols far behind German lines, where Todd and his squadron engaged in frenetic aerial combat with some of the most experienced German Jastas (fighter squadrons). On one of those missions, Todd was brought down behind the lines, spending the rest of the war as a POW in Germany. 

The book also details Todd's postwar experiences. All in all, "SOPWITH CAME FIGHTER ACE" is a valuable book for anyone in search of books detailing first-hand experiences from World War I pilots of their combat service.

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review 2018-09-08 08:13
VIII Fighter Command at War 'Long Reach' - Michael O'Leary

This book is a first-rate compilation of the experiences of 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter pilots who had extensive combat experience in Europe with the 8th Air Force during the Second World War. This compilation was taken from a document commissioned by VIII Fighter Command in the Spring of 1944 that was to be used as a teaching manual for potential fighter pilots undergoing training in the USA. There are also plenty of interesting photos in the book showing the 24 pilots (many of them top scoring aces), the planes they flew, and the combat units with which they served.

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review 2018-08-31 18:11
Review: “Breaking Point” (Turning Point, #2) by N.R. Walker
Breaking Point - N.R. Walker

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2018-08-26 13:59
Heartbeat
Until We're More - Cindi Madsen

This is book #2 in the Fighting For Her series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Liam is Chelsea's best friend.  They met when she moved in next door at least a decade ago.  He is attracted to her and is trying desperately to be her friend only.  She needs him and he needs her.

 

Chelsea comes home to San Diego to be part of a project that could make or break her career.  At the same time, she is anxious to see those she has missed.  Including the love of her life and best friend, Liam.

 

This story started off with a steady pace and kept the suspense and excitement pumping.  This author is a go to purchase for me, and if you had read books by Ms Madsen before, you know why.  Lots of humor, heat and heartache, but in the best of ways.  I love how I get an HEA that never disappoints.  Good addition to the series.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by its publishers and Netgalley.com.

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