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After Midnight (Morning, Noon And Night #4)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In 1964, a young Australian girl, Linda Carr, is trying to track down the wreckage of the Liberator bomber in which her father died when it crashed in North Italy in 1944 during World War Two. She employs the help of Jack Kirby, a British Mosquito fighter pilot who was on operations in the area when her father died. He is now a motorcycle racer competing in the Isle of Man...more
Published September 1st 2005 by Headline Book Publishing (first published March 14th 2005)
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During WWII, Mussolini sided with Hitler, thinking it would keep his country safe, but there were Italians who did not agree with him, and these partisans did what they could to fight the Germans and the Italian national guards, to keep Italy free from Hitler's grasp. To their aid came the Allies, dropping canisters of rations and weapons from planes, making dangerous flights up and over mountains in the night to do so, and many died in their efforts to do what they felt was right.

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This is the first book by Robert Ryan that I have read, I knew little about the role of Italian partisans during WWII which along with the fact that the book was said to be inspired by a true story the main reasons that attracted me to this book.

The book is set in 1964 some 20 years after the end of WWII and is based around a Northern corner of Italy. Now I must admit that the first three quarters of this book had me gripped as the author skillfully mixed past and present, fact and fiction, grad...more
Can't remember how this got in my possession, but it sounded interesting so I tried it out. great plot line but too many references. Planes, cities, names of things I have no idea what they are. I didn't want to look up everything everytime I turned a page.
I enjoy historical fiction in between some darker fiction. This one has it all maybe too much. Romance, war, airplanes, motorcycles, did I mention plane crash and a search for the crash site, while evading someone trying to kill him and the cops/military.
I didn't really think I would like this novel. I picked it up secondhand and chose it because it is based on events during WW2 in Italy and the main characters are English and Australian - enough for me to chose it because I bought it in England and was planning to read it in Italy and I am Australian, sometimes it is the little things that help you select a book.
As it turned out it was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it. A bit of a male perspective on things but still a good read.
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It tends to become a thriller towards the end, and disappoints as the genre is best left to the likes of Ludlum. That being said, the book is by far one of the best works of story-telling you'd come across in recent times, comparable to Ondaatje and Slouka. There is a tranquility about the slow pace at which the story unfolds.
Apr 01, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: WW2 Military fiction fans
Not a bad little book.

Set in the 1960's with constant flashbacks to wartime Italy this story never loses its fast pace. Well written with good characters and an interesting plot.
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Robert Ryan was born in Liverpool but moved to London when he was eighteen to attend university. He lectured in natural sciences for several years before moving into journalism in the mid-1980s, first with The Face and then the Dylan Jones-edited Arena. During this time, he also wrote for The Daily Telegraph, US GQ, US Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire and The Sunday Times.

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