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Biggles Flies North (Biggles #18)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Answering a call for help by letter from an old friend, Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Smyth fly to Fort Beaver in Canada. Here they intend to meet up with Wilks, or Captain Wilkinson of 187 Squadron as he used to be known. Wilks has started a small airline business called 'Arctic Airways' but is now having problems with a man named 'Brindle' Jake McBain and his cronies. On arr ...more
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Jul 26, 2012 Durdles rated it liked it
Shelves: boy-s-adventure
Excellent stuff. Probably not the most politically correct author of all time but if downing your rivals' aeroplane by dropping a crate of tinned food on it and shooting polar bears is your thing then this is a real page turner. One slight irritation that still niggles me after 40 years is whether Ginger would really fail to close the door of his 'plane while he goes for a stroll in the arctic - remarkably prescient considering a pack of wolves takes an unhealthy interest in him. Also, I liked t ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Ceejay rated it liked it
This 1939 British Young Adult novel was a fun read. Acoording to what I found, the Biggles stories were the most popular 20th Century British kids books. I can see why. It seems there were about 150 of them published. They were written by a retired British pilot from WWI. Biggles and his two side kicks take off for Canada in this particular book. They cross the Atlantic on a steamer, and once they hit Canada, all the air adventures begin! It is dated.There's a lot of smoking going on, and there ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Katka rated it really liked it
One of the classic Bs. There's flying, shooting, gold, villains, desperate situations, grave danger, and corned beef. What more could you want? :)
Aug 10, 2007 Vass rated it it was ok
Biggles in a Canadian shack. What more could you want?
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Aug 01, 2016 Daniel Bratell rated it it was ok
Many plot holes, but let us focus on the big question, what is a Bluewing 'Jupiter'? My guess is that Bluewing is "Boeing". They sound kind of similar after all.

Story is that a friend of Biggles' sends a letter telling him about some roughs trying to muscle him out of his business in northern Canada. Biggles to the rescue.
Sep 15, 2014 Sem rated it really liked it
Shelves: ripping-yarns
I'll have to give this 4 stars in spite of - or perhaps because of - the ridiculous plot. Johns' version of Canada between the wars is truly bizarre. Scalping, lynching... I had no idea.
Apr 27, 2015 Salome rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely captivated by this adventure. Prospecters with bags of gold, bad guys manipulating an angry mob and planes, planes, planes and a lot of action!
Aug 08, 2015 Medhansu rated it liked it
Good fun, a blast of nostalgia.
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Jun 28, 2016 Edwin Kort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biggles, jeugd, 2016
Biggles krijgt een brief van zijn vriend Wilkinson. Deze schrijft dat hij in flinke problemen zit. Daarop brallen Biggles, Ginger en Algy te vertrekken naar Canada, waar ze al snel te horen krijgen dat Wilkinson vermist wordt.
Apr 27, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Answering an old chum's call for help, the hero pilot flies to Fort Beaver. Michael Palin reads Captain WE Johns' adventure.

Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC7 listeners
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Usually known as Captain W.E. Johns, William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns, a tailor, and Elizabeth Johns (née Earl), the daughter of a master butcher. He had a younger brother, Russell Ernest Johns, who was born on 24 October 1895.

He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack shot
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