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A Good Clean Fight (RAF)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  240 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
It's a classic Derek Robinson story: three groups of men converge for a final battle in the western desert during World War II. An SAS patrol travels through the Sahara to attack a German airbase; a German intelligence officer sets out to settle a personal grudge; and the men from Hornet Squadron (from Robinson's earlier Piece of Cake) are overhead, committed to suicidal g ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Cassell (first published January 1st 1993)
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Matthew Willis
Jul 25, 2013 Matthew Willis rated it really liked it
Typically well written and compelling stuff from Robinson. Don't expect stirring tales of patriotism and sentimentality - this is war at its grubbiest, from the desert dust that penetrates everything, to the petty motivations that lead to casual, pointless suffering and death. Robinson has that rare knack of presenting a narrative that could barely be more anti-war in its sentiment, while dragging the reader along with the pulse-pounding excitement of the action. Hornet Squadron is back, and eve ...more
Robert Hill
Sep 13, 2007 Robert Hill rated it really liked it
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Great read for WWII buffs. By land and air in the deserts of North Africa. Superb character development. What a way to end a book!!
Finn Bell
Mar 12, 2017 Finn Bell rated it it was amazing
No one does is quite like Robinson. Takes me right back.
Matt Raubenheimer
Feb 15, 2016 Matt Raubenheimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Clean Fight was a highly enjoyable read, which comes very close to living up to the brilliance of its predecessor, 'Piece of Cake.' I approached this novel with some sense of caution, hoping to avoid placing high expectations on it, given that Piece of Cake is my favourite novel, but I need not have worried.

Unlike PoC, which exclusively tracks the adventures of Hornet Squadron in the first year of WWII, this novel combines three narratives - the first involving an SAS patrol performing d
Oct 24, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2009
Derek Robinson is a master in a difficult genre. There are thousands of writers in what can be broadly called
"military fiction." This ranges from sagas of the Roman Legions all the way through to the futuristic scenarios of a Tom Clancy or Dale Brown. In his military fiction Robinson writes of two eras, World War One and the Royal Flying Corps and World War Two and the Royal Air Force. A Good Clean Fight is the second in the RAF trilogy. What sets off Robinson's work from the mass of other toil
Hornet Squadron, who figured prominently in Robinson's previous novel, "A Piece of Cake", is now stationed in North Africa, where they are tasked with fighting both Rommel's Afrika Korps and the Luftwaffe. There is also a SAS unit (SAS = Secret Air Service, an elite unit in the British Army which carried out long-distance missions against German military installations and air bases well behind enemy lines in the desert) led by a rather eccentric commander (Captain Lampard) determined to make his ...more
Rob Godfrey
Oct 31, 2012 Rob Godfrey rated it it was amazing
What a really enjoyable read this was. I read his first in this series A Piece of Cake some years back (it was serialised briefly on the tv too).
Set in WW2, when Britain, Germany and Italy were engaged in a very fluid war along the African Mediterranean coastal strip, it describes the heat, sand & flies of the desert so well, you can understand why it would literally drive people crazy.
Some of the characters maybe sometimes a little too clever, resourceful, invulnerable, but nevertheless th
Sep 01, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I watched the BBC mini-series A Piece of Cake. I looked up the author and found this book. It takes place about a year later in the Desert war.

Robinson has a clean crisp writing style. This is a quick easy read but it covers a lot of area.

This is different in that he intertwines several stories; he does not just follow the Squadron. The book starts with an SAS raid on a German airfield.

He follows a German Intelligence officer, an SAS raiding parting, An Italian doctor, an Italian desert exper
Michael R
Aug 08, 2010 Michael R rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best WWII fiction ever written.
A dirty, witty look at the dirty side of World War II.
British pilots, commandos and Nazi's collide in North Africa in the early stages of the war. The result is a book full of dark humor, sly wit and real characters that entertain, shock and surprise the reader.
Jul 13, 2014 Bjorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely brilliant novel. Rises well above a tale of "daring-do", with black humour and a propensity to confound expectations. One can easily see why Derek Robinson has been nominated for a Booker Prize. A far better novel than what you may expect from the genre.
Oct 17, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A must read if a big fan of Piece of Cake, but can stand on it's own as well. The SAS characters were interesting, but I found the German character to be a bit on the boring side. If this book did not contain 5 key Piece of Cake characters I may have only given it a three star rating.
TheIron Paw
Jul 10, 2016 TheIron Paw rated it liked it
Shelves: military-fiction
A sequel to "Piece of Cake" set in North Africa. In addition to "Hornet Squadron" the story line includes a SAS deep desert patrol and a Luftwaffe intelligence officer. A well written, enjoyable war story - but without the depth of Robinson's "War Story" (set in in WWI).
Tim Heywood
Jun 28, 2008 Tim Heywood rated it liked it
Shelves: library-borrowed
tended to ramble around a bit between the main protagonists.
good appreciation of the horrors and rigours of war, from various points of view - airmen on both sides, SAS desert troops, ground crew on both sides etc.
Steve Markham
Dec 05, 2012 Steve Markham rated it liked it
I hadn't read any books by this author before so wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was well written both in narative and dialogue. I enjoyed it but it was all too predictable for me.
Jack Coleman
Mar 05, 2011 Jack Coleman rated it liked it
Its crap but interesting crap. About ww2 North Africa.
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Derek Robinson is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour. He has also written several books on some of the more sordid events in the history of Bristol, his home town, as well as guides to rugby. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1971 for his first novel, 'Goshawk Squadron.'

After attending Cotham Grammar School, Robinson served in the Royal Air For
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