I have just finished re-reading this wonderful Nevil Shute story, the first time being Nov 28, 2011. I again enjoyed it thoroughly.
British Flying OffI have just finished re-reading this wonderful Nevil Shute story, the first time being Nov 28, 2011. I again enjoyed it thoroughly.
British Flying Officer Roderick "Jerry" Chambers is in the Coastal Command flying very boring observation flights over the English Channel guarding against German submarines near the southern England coast at Portsmouth. In his spare time he has fallen in love with barmaid Mona Stevens. During one of his flights he sinks what he is convinced was a German submarine, but non-definitive evidence comes to light that he may have sunk an English submarine. He is censured by the Board of Inquiry and transfers far away on a different assignment.
Unusual circumstances arise, resulting in his unexpected return to the Portsmouth area for a dangerous voluntary posting. At the same time bits and pieces come together regarding the sinking for which he had been censured. His girlfriend Mona plays a significant role in helping to get Jerry's name cleared.
I liked this book quite a lot. Of course, I am a very big fan of Nevil Shute. I do heartily recommend to to readers who enjoy wartime WWII stories....more
Jacky Turner has had his share of ups and downs, including a fairly major injury to his head from a plane crash while he was in the military and a briJacky Turner has had his share of ups and downs, including a fairly major injury to his head from a plane crash while he was in the military and a brief stay in prison for some misdeeds. His later years have been somewhat more satisfying until having recently been informed that, as a result of some metal fragments left in his head from his injury, which are "going bad," he has been one year left to live. He accepts his fate surprisingly well and decides to make the best of a bad situation.
He tells his long-suffering wife about his condition and promises to be a better husband in the time he has left. He talks to her more than he has ever done previously about his time in the hospital recovering from his head wound. Because of the nature of his injury, his eyes were completely bandaged, so he was unable to see the three fellow survivors of the plane crash who were hospitalized with him. Two of them, along with Jacky, were facing their own military legal problems and possibly jail time, while the surviving pilot had no such professional difficulties, he had significant marital problems to the best of Jacky's recollection. The more he talked about it, the more Jacky wanted to find out what had become of the other three and whether or not he could help them in any way. His wife encourages him to investigate and find out what he can about them.
He soon learns that the pilot is no longer in England, but that he now lives in Burma and is married to a “native woman.” Jacky’s discussion with the pilot’s mother and sister in England leads him to believe that the pilot has really made a mess of his life. As Jacky talks about this situation with his wife, she knows he would really like to go see the pilot to find out if he can help him in any way but would not suggest such a trip because of the considerable expense and the fact that it will take away money that he would leave for her following his death. In spite of that, she strongly encourages him to go to Burma.
Jacky accepts his wife’s generosity and is soon on his way to Burma, very sure that he will find the pilot having fallen into hard times and much in need of what little help Jacky might be able to provide him. Jacky is astounded and very much surprised when he finally does locate the pilot. Not only does he find the pilot much better off than he expected, but he, the pilot, was able to shed some light on what happened to the other two plane-crash survivors for whom Jacky had been searching.
Another entertaining read from Nevil Shute. ...more
**spoiler alert** by Laura Hillenbrandtells the amazing story of Louis Zamperini, who went from a "juvenile thug" to a "teenage hobo" before his b**spoiler alert** by Laura Hillenbrandtells the amazing story of Louis Zamperini, who went from a "juvenile thug" to a "teenage hobo" before his brother got him into running. He progressed from an interscholastic champion in 1934 to the youngest qualifier (@ age 19) on the U.S. Track Team for 5000 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Although he didn't win that event, his final lap in 56 seconds was astonishing enough that Adolph Hitler asked to meet him. In 1938 he set a national collegiate record for the mile, which stood for 15 years. Had the 1940 Olympics been held, there was not much doubt that he would have been a winner, probably in multiple events.
World War II came and Louis joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1943 his plane was shot down. Louis and a fellow officer from his plane survived 47 days in a small liferaft on rainwater, a captured albatross, and what fish they were able to catch. They finally made it to an island only to be captured by the Japanese Navy. The tale of how he survived in the Japanese POW camps is very hard to believe, but survive he did in spite of brutal treatment.
He had many post-war "ups and downs" which he also survived, even returning to the city in Japan where he had been tortured so badly. There he met with many of his captor-torturers and forgave them.
I VERY HIGHLY recommend this book. It is an incredible tale of the real-life experiences of a remarkable person....more
I've read by Anton Myrer several times and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. I've just added it to my all-time favorites list. It tells the sI've read by Anton Myrer several times and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. I've just added it to my all-time favorites list. It tells the story of 5 Harvard men and the women they loved in the carefree years leading up to World War II where their biggest worries where the next dance of the Big Band Sounds of those days would be and who would be driving the huge, beautiful Packard convertible they called The Empress. Their lives are turned "upside down" with the beginning of WWII. It is a wonderful tale. ...more
Having visited The Philippines a number of times while on active duty with the Navy, I had always wanted to learned more about this 7,000+ island natiHaving visited The Philippines a number of times while on active duty with the Navy, I had always wanted to learned more about this 7,000+ island nation, especially its history. Stanley Karnow's book is an excellent read. I really enjoyed it a lot....more
Clancy again doing what he does better than anyone else - taking the reader inside the world of the terrorists and those highly capable individuals ouClancy again doing what he does better than anyone else - taking the reader inside the world of the terrorists and those highly capable individuals out to prevent them from the horrors they plan. A MUST for all Clancy fans....more
Non-stop, edge-of-your-seat action involving the worst of today's world terrorists and the best of the "good guys" trying to stop them. Another ClancyNon-stop, edge-of-your-seat action involving the worst of today's world terrorists and the best of the "good guys" trying to stop them. Another Clancy GREAT...more