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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; Third impression edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593054504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593054505
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aircraft carriers, jet fighters and a crisis on the other side of the world. Who could ask for more? It takes an obscure corner of British military history and weaves a story as gripping as any Tom Clancy thriller. It's completely riveting."
-- Jeremy Clarkson

"From the cockpit of a fighter jet to the violently pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night, Rowland White combines pulse-pounding tension with riveting detail. If only all military history was written like this."
--Andy McNab, author of Brave Two Zero

About the Author

ROWLAND WHITE lives in London with his wife and two children, and works in publishing.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Labrenz on June 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this book you'll find some non-sensical and inconsistent capitalisation, misspelled place names, and some unnecessary italics. Rowland also occassionally sneaks "the" in front of ship names - though he's better than most at refraining from that bad habit. (The cities of London and New York aren't referred to as "the London" and "the New York"; ship names are proper nouns, too.) However, most annoying is how often he starts sentences with "And".

The distractions aside, this book is an extremely detailed and informative account of a little-known footnote in the history of the British Empire, in which the incomparable HMS Ark Royal and her embarked air wing played a starring role. Though the actual flight over Belize was flown by Buccaneers of 809 squadron, all the ship's aircraft are profiled in the lead-up to the dramatic long-range mission flown from the Atlantic to the Yucatan peninsula and back. I was particularly impressed with the richness of description of life aboard Ark, which I found very different yet comfortingly similar to life aboard the present-day American carrier I'm assigned to. The maps, cutaway drawings of the Buccaneer and the Phantom, a load of well-captioned pictures, a useful glossary, and an extensive bibliography round out the book to very nice effect.

The pesky nits missed by the editor notwithstanding, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in carrier aviation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Mcgill on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an ex-brother-in-law to one of the 892 Squadron consultants to this author and an airline airport manager in Brmuda at the time of the operation I can attest to its accuracy. Perhaps I found it more interesting than most because of my connections,but it is a damn good read and he tells a good story.
J.McGill
Dumfries,Scotland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By readerDee on September 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read the Vulcan story and so went for this. I love historical works such as this and liked the novel style feel of the book. I was a little disappointed to find the content a bit thin. There seemed to be a lot of padding and the big sell from the publisher was a bit over the top. However having said that it was still an intriguing look at a little known part of British Naval history. davidm.
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By David P Cole on November 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another great book from this author, this time taking in little known events.

I think Rowland White has a great skill for giving the reader an insight into the ethos of the people and organisations he writes about. Clearly the product of lots and lots of research, a genuine joy to read.
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