Book Review – That Quiet Earth, A First World War Tale

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This is a very human story set against the torments of war and authentic in the sensitive portrayal and careful research. As such it will appeal to a very wide section of readers with its humanity, violence, stress, and background. It requires no great knowledge of war, of the period, or of the technologies, or of any great enthusiasm. The story enfolds the reader and transports them into the tale. It is a great read.

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NAME: That Quiet Earth, A First World War Tale
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 120614
FILE: R1980
AUTHOR: Bruce Fellows
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 179
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Fiction, war story, pioneer aviation, Great War, SE5b, young pilots, adventure, mental stress
ISBN: 1-78383-180-4
IMAGE: B1980.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/mrhvdry
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DESCRIPTION: The author takes an interesting look at life in 1918 through the eyes of an old man considering his youth and the air war over France in 1918. Without spoiling the absorbing story, George Bridge is remembering his secret and the events when he and his friend Billy Love fight for their lives.

What particularly marks this story out as one which should become an epic of First World War aviation stories is the quality of the research that has so clearly gone into the writing and the vivid pictures it paints of a time long past, now beyond living memory.

The story is rich in vivid descriptions of flying and combat, The author has captured the conditions, the society, the aspirations of the young men who went off to fight in a vicious war of attrition. It provides an authentic portrayal of pilots at war, against to madness and terror of war. It shows the enormous pressures placed on these young men and ease with which battle fatigue could lead to personal decline and into mental torment. The characters are also nicely captured and contain depth.

This is a very human story set against the torments of war and authentic in the sensitive portrayal and careful research. As such it will appeal to a very wide section of readers with its humanity, violence, stress, and background. It requires no great knowledge of war, of the period, or of the technologies, or of any great enthusiasm. The story enfolds the reader and transports them into the tale. It is a great read.

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