When I first read the series ten years ago, it was quite disturbing in a chauvinistic in a sexual way. The story was good, and fun. the science must be taken with a the grain of salt, but that's ok its an adventure story not a text. These days with the heavy hitting S&M story's like Shades of Grey, John Norman has nothing of the shock value his tale had back in the day. The story ties aliens with abducted earthlings, medieval sword and arrow play into an entertaining series. If you are into online Role playing, whole lands are devoted to this series in Second life, so read it and live it as well if you desire. Enjoy!
I have re read this book so many times. The sardonic tone of the narrator matches the sory perfectly and gives many a giggle. It would be great fiction but better as it is a true account. Only one minor complaint. The author did not need to devote the first three chapters to why he named the story as he did. Beyond thet, the crew of his bomber were just a delight to hear about. A really great addition to anyones aviation library.
A long but interesting account of a Canadian entering the Bomber force and missions in WW2, and of a rather unique bomber, the Short Sterling in action. A great book to keep with your aviation library.Wll worth a listen and the money.
I bought the book with the idea that I was going to hear the exploits of ww1 pilots. Well after 10 chapters I learned about the ways the families got rich. Then there was a little aviation mixed with Yale politics and Frat houses. Finally we get into a little more Aviation from the standpoint of the Yale Frat-boys trying to start the air arm of the US Navy. Really rather boring compared to the active units of American volunteers the French British and German accounts in other books. In the end I was far from inspired. Unless you are into he lives of the elite, and or and college politics, I'd pass on this one.
I am a former US Army medic and Vietnam Veteran. From that standpoint I write this. This is a story of a simple man with simple values and an odd set of priorities, who if you had read the accounts of his death, died as he lived holding true the addage," He who lives by the sword... " One can only hope that he died with the same relish that he lived. As I listened to the book, I couldn't help reflect that if one were to read the accounts of German soldiers of the SS, a similar mindset would be expressed as they invaded Poland and Russia. God help America if we citizens never learn from our mistakes of Vietnam and now the Middle east.
If you are a fan of rail travel, this is a wonderful book reflectingon th origins of rail travel and experiences of a traveler using different systems world wide. A great read for those who love trains and rail travel.
A very enjoyable first volume. Easy to follow, lots of action and magic set in modern times. A great book for all ages.
Not a complex plot or a vast number of characters. All enjoyable. lots of action. A great bedtime read for all ages. A fine second volume seamlessly picks up from the first.
Well worth the listen. A peek into the start of the glory days of commercial aviation with interesting characters, a bit of a mystery to boot.
I had to listen to this story at .75% speed on my Ipad and deal with the echo that was the result. However, the story is exciting with plenty of suspense, but the one who did the narration needs to lay off the caffine.
I remember reading a very long winded (many volume) fantasy tale in which over time even the readers began to wonder if the author was writing with an ending and point in mind or just to make money. In the end the author actually died and a stand in had to complete the work. After listening to the whole series, I have come to the same conclusion with Outlander. After the first four books I think all that could be said was said, be it in such graphic and I dare say historically accurate ways that one can only wonder whay a 20th century woman would submit herself to a world of dirty bodies and inadequate bathing facilities, endless manner of brutality and ignorance. If you are a student of 18th century history, I believe you will find this an interesting view of life with a very mild twist. If you are an avid reader of the likes of Patrick Obrian, Alexander Kent, and even the historical -go back in time- historical fiction of Eric Flint you will find the action not the priority of the series. I would suggest thiking of this series as Shades of Grey meets the Revolutionary war. The ending of this book as I had mentioned earlier made me wonder why I started the series in the first place.
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