- Series: CLASSICS OF NAVAL LITERATURE
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Naval Inst Pr; New edition edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557502773
- ISBN-13: 978-1557502773
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A sad post script: Gordon Forbes died at age 90 on August 22, 2009, at a veterans hospital in Colorado.
If you know and love flying and aeroplanes and people who fly this book will speak to you. The night takeoff as an overloaded US Navy B-24 roars down a runway straining to become airborne with the end of that runway and the sea beyond coming closer and closer had the sweat starting to drip down my back. The author must have flying in his blood because no one else could have put me in the cockpit with the principal character, the co-pilot of this aircraft, as this book did.
But even if you don't love aviation there is much to enjoy here. It's not pro war nor is it anti war - it's about friends and the sense of 'belonging' that can arise amongst people bound together by difficult circumstances who work together to make the best of what they have in those circumstances. I daren't use the word comradeship, as perhaps too many will think that it urges some right wing agenda - nor do I suggest that it might be about the special relationship that can develop between men in adversity and a pride in overcoming that adversity together as this might suggest the same. But there may be those who understand what I am saying without seeing (or attempting to see) some broader significance.
I love this book and I always regret when I reach the end.