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A Good Clean Fight | [Derek Robinson]

A Good Clean Fight

North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. For those who liked that sort of thing, it was a good clean fight: nothing to harm but the sand, the enemy and yourself. Striking hard and escaping fast, Fanny Barton’s squadron play Russian roulette, flying their clapped out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. On the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s SAS patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft.
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North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. For those who liked that sort of thing, it was a good clean fight: nothing to harm but the sand, the enemy and yourself. Striking hard and escaping fast, Fanny Barton’s squadron play Russian roulette, flying their clapped out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. On the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s SAS patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft. This is the story of the desert war waged by the men of the RAF and SAS versus the Luftwaffe and the Afrika Korps – a war of no glamour and few heroes in a setting often more lethal than the enemy.

©1993 Derek Robinson (P)2011 Soundings

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    Cary Napa, California, United States 02-21-12
    Cary Napa, California, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2006

    Road Warrior

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    "More of this author please"

    I've been a big fan of Robinson's RFC/RAF graphic novels for some time. Often revisit them and still both laugh out loud at the sparkling repartee and cringe at the all too involving scenes of conflict. Narrator Tudor Barnes is simply terrific in tone, pace, comic timing and, the Robinson trademark, conveying irony. The Desert War will never feel the same after this.

    More, much more, Derek Robinson...please!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Denton 01-07-15
    R. Denton 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long, gritty, cynical, slice of time from WWII"
    Would you try another book from Derek Robinson and/or Michael Tudor Barnes?

    Probably, especially if other reviews were good. The reader did a good job with voices, pacing and such, which really helped with this book. Otherwise it would have gotten tedious quickly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There really isn't a "story." This is one of those that follows a slice of time in the WWII deserts of North Africa before the US got into the war. Normally I'm not a big fan of these stories that use the time, place, external events as both the main character and a substitute for a "story," but this one somehow caught my attention and I just kept listening. There were enough small events on both sides to keep you tuned in. Both the German and British characters are such an oddball mix of good-bad-crazy that I never cheered anyone, but still wanted to see what would happen next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the last SAS strike on the German fighter base. Incredibly brazen, yet actually well played. Meanwhile the Sr. German officers, just have a seat and watch the show, knowing by the time their infantry gets there, the SAS will all be gone and all the BF109s will have been destroyed.


    Was A Good Clean Fight worth the listening time?

    Mostly. Could have been a bit shorter and tighter, but I'd probably try another of this author's works.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a good book to augment with a PDF map.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam WINDSOR, Australia 10-29-13
    Sam WINDSOR, Australia 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "How about a Piece of Cake?"
    Would you listen to A Good Clean Fight again? Why?

    Maybe. Maybe not, but only because there are so many books, and so little time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robinson's usual cynicism/realism about war and the many types of personalities that make up a group thrust together for a common goal (more or less). Brilliant characterisations as always.


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Well read, and characterised, although a bit toffee-nosed where it shouldn't have been (e.g. enlisted men). Just one bit of constructive criticism - Fanny Barton is a New Zealander, not an Australian. There is a very distinctive difference between how NZers pronounce 'a', 'e' and 'i' and how Aussies do. Something akin to South Africans. Fanny sounds like an Ocker (rough Aussie). Otherwise, great reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have, if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do Piece of Cake!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Leawood, KS, United States 04-21-13
    Brian Leawood, KS, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cynical and gritty"

    This author does a great job of placing you in the desert showing you what it was like. I was expecting a war story but got nice education on flies, desert terrain, and all sorts of weapons. The smooth part is that setting is more important than the characters and you never notice how much you're being taught. As a WW2 buff the book is satisfying down to the equipment and correct details. On the other hand this author seems to cut most of his characters out of the same cloth and the 'heros are jerks' theme my bug you. The Germans seem kind of stupid and the British seem kind of murderous. I loved the book because it brought the Africa theatre to life for me, and the desert raiding parts were outstanding. My only complaint would be all the minutes I had to listen to of the main German character doing his middle aged angst that never made a point. As a pilot and an aviation buff it can tell you that 'A Piece of Cake' has the better flying scenes. If you like WW2 stories that feel 'real', this is a good one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Elanora, Australia 03-18-12
    Allen Elanora, Australia 03-18-12
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    "Brilliantly Narrated an interesting story"
    Would you listen to A Good Clean Fight again? Why?

    yes brilliantly narrated brining the characters to life and making the story easy to follow and a pleasure to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Anything but a Clean Fight"
    What made the experience of listening to A Good Clean Fight the most enjoyable?

    The atmosphere created both by the author and the narrator. The descriptive narration of the action with great detail of individual relationships add greater depth to the overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    \the politics of the three basic units in the efforts to succeed, The German Intelligence, the SAS and the Desert Air Force


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    The atmosphere he created in the various areas of the story line. His voice control and change in tempo bought the story alive.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not such a Good Clean Fight


    Any additional comments?

    This is almost classic Derik Robinson, a wonderful tale of war between men and war against the desert as well as the emotions of men in battle. Truly a very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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