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Those Who Dare (Raiding Forces Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"There are many books on war but few on fighting.
Men who know anything about fighting
were either killed or (were) inarticulate."
-- Gen. George S. Patton
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Top Customer Reviews
Phil Ward's approach is similar in "Eagles" - we get up close and personal with a group of hard-drinking, resolute and patriotic commandos as they work their way through off-the-books raids and behind the lines shootouts with the Germans. Here the setting is Great Britain during the early days of WWII when much was in doubt. The women are lusty, beautiful, well-connected and veddy, veddy English. They can also handle a Colt. 45 and jump out of planes. Brilliant! The men drink like fish, train like Tarzan and get the girls. And they are really good at offing Hitlers best in well-planned covert raids. We follow the group through training, planning and -YES - actual commando and battle action. There's also plenty of meetings with fusty upper-crust British intelligence and high level officer types in sprawling English mansions: you almost smell the dust, the Indian rugs and the whiskey.
In sum, an interesting and entertaining series from a guy who obviously knows the commando business. I'll keep reading.
EXCEPT.......(AND THIS APPLIES TO BOTH THIS BOOK "WHO DARES ...."AND THE FOLLOW ON BOOK, "DEAD EAGLES").
for the scream making repetitive, never ending and coma inducing referal to call/nicknames of characters.
James "Baldy" Crinchleep. Major Alterton "No Nose Swordplayer" Faversham, Colour Sgt. Wilfred " Stomp en and bleed em"
McShane. Col. Redfern "Dash it where's my ketchcup" Wison. General the Duchess Lorraine "Biggest Boobs on the Planet" Toddington-Smythe, Etc.,etc.
You get the idea. I found it to be extremely distracting and totally needless. A once, possibly used discrriptor will suffice.
Continual repetition of this sort adds nothing and is a stumbling block to the telling of what otherwise is a rather decent read.
Author Ward,...? Cut it out. Just tell the story. It IS enough.
The characters might as well be cardboard cutouts; they are all dashing, beautiful, brave and indefatigable. I find myself hoping for the one of the main characters to be injured or shot just to see if he/she reacts like a human being.
I am 90% through the book, but have yet to meet a Nazi character. The most prominent enemy character is a Nazi general. He is in the book for about three pages and never speaks. In fact, the main characters capture him completely by accident. Ha! Ha!
Worst of all, this book is written in a strange, all-knowing, eye-of-God narrative voice. Instead of actually hearing from the characters themselves what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing, the author tells us in his detached, cliche-packed writing. This makes reading this novel like reading an after-action report or a Medal of Honor citation.
To wit: "The Whitley pilot, to his everlasting credit, did not jink, speed up, or take any evasive action whatsoever. He was a rock solid [sic] professional. Having prepared for this type of mission from the day he was assigned to fly for the Parachute Training School, he intended to put his jumpers on target, on time, or get shot down trying. Behind him, the other two Whitley pilots followed his lead and pressed on through the wall of flak."
To his everlasting credit? Please. Well...I'm sure their fictional parents would be very proud to read about their sons' courage under fire. But give me break.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not want to stop reading. Fast paced and very real action as well as interesting characters make this a book worth reading. I will be getting the next one in the series.Published 15 hours ago by AtHome Girl
I found the book to be a very interesting read. Granted I was surprised when it was about WW II and not Vietnam as I had originally thought when ordered it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Charles Sorensen
My first taste of Phil Ward's work was not only pleasant, but left me wanting more, in a good way. As a military history buff, I enjoy reading both fiction and nonfiction works. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Patrick Newman
This is a good, stand-alone story which builds strong characters and an excellent foundation for the remaining books in the set.Published 7 days ago by Daniel Barlow
While I much enjoyed the first book in the series, and felt the author did a very good job with the book, the second in the series, Dead Eagles, was a great disappointment. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Story line was great!! It was serious most of the time, but them some things would happen that make me laugh out loud. This is the first in a series of books. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Paul B
Those Who Dare is well written with excellent character development. The research of the British training and materiel was complete and informative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Gregory
I did not care for the book. Too much of trying to be with a woman and a lot of boring information about officers and British stuff. Very little action.Published 1 month ago by Paul