My Tank Is Fight! Paperback – October 3, 2006
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From the Back Cover
WHAT FIGHT HAVE BEEN
My Tank Is Fight! contains a humorous and exciting examination of twenty real inventions from World War II that never saw the light of day. Each entry includes full technical details, a complete development history, in-depth analysis, and a riveting fictionalized account of the inventions success or failure on the battlefield. Lavish color artwork and technical illustrations are falling from the pages of this book like toenails from a trench foot.
Dive under the Atlantic in the turreted U-Cruiser, or rule its surface from an aircraft carrier made out of ice. Shred bomber formations in a high-performance flying wing fighter and then rocket to your untimely end from the cockpit of your very own suicide missile. Weve got a pair of German armored land vehicles for you that are so large they had to be powered by naval engines!
My Tank Is Fight! delivers the thrilling action of the Second World War as it might have been with a touch of humor and a lack of class. Only the slow-witted are reading this anywhere other than inine at the cash register. Ask an adult to help you if youre still not sure you want to buy the book.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0806527587
- ISBN-13 : 978-0806527581
- Product Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.78 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Citadel; Later Printing Edition (October 3, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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So why three stars? 1) his historical fiction writing is really good and I found myself caring for his characters. 2) I didn't have high expectations.
Had this been a novel incorporating his characters, I'd have been sold. He certainly creates far more believable and likable characters than Tom Clancy.
I got the book pretty much on a whim, and I have to admit that my expectations were fairly low. But Mr Parsons offers some good, valid analysis on the projects and provides a realistic projection of whether the system would have been successful. And the part I thought would have been the book's weakest part ... the fictional vignettes ... by and large added to the fun.
The projects are generally grouped into "Land", "Air", and "Sea" categories. While I'm fairly well versed in World War II history, a few of the projects were new to me and learning something about them was a pleasant surprise. If you're a World-War II buff, and are looking for something to put on your guilty pleasure book list, give this title a try.
Also, I'm not sure but I think this may be Parson's first book so you should buy it to help support a cool new writer.
It is amazing what minds will come up with in desperate times.
Top reviews from other countries
The organisation of the book and individual chapters is well done and consistent, with the fictional parts ("Hypothetical Deployment History" and "What Fight Have Been") packed with thoroughly entertaining speculation. Parsons' commentary on the foolish ideas and strange personalities behind them provided me with uncontrollable laughter throughout, despite the fundamentally scary scenarios, like a Nazi nuclear weapon.
On the discussion over at Amazon.com, some are worried that the book may be inappropriate for those people that might be offended by the language and attitudes of SomethingAwful.com. Let me assure you, this book would be appropriate for almost anyone interested in the stranger side of World War II. There is no profanity (that I can recall, anyway) except perhaps one or two in-character expletetives in the fiction parts. The only people who get gratuitously insulted are Hitler and other senior Nazi party officials and a couple of odd-ball British and American inventors who pushed just a little too hard on their more outlandish ideas.
Summary: great read, very funny, and I'm really hoping that a sequel gets written soon.