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- Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books; Revised edition (July 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008SWHKSW
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Please Note: the author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the summer of '41 a group of British Commandos were sent across the English Channel into Northern France. The goal was to meet up with French resistance fighters of the area and attack small German enclaves and destroy supply depots. As with any clandestine war mission such as this, the 'fog of war' can rear its ugly head... this tale is no exception to that occurrence.
Some thoughts on "Commando: Operation Arrowhead"...
1.) an interesting WWII tale written in the style of many of the great sixty and seventy war movies. i.e. The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone etc. where the good guys survive despite some poor management, unlikely enemy decisions or a sprinkling of some bad/good luck.
2.) poor (often hopeless) situations are frequently saved by some unexpected intervention or stroke of good fortune.
3.) some of our group can be severely injured or killed, although this doesn't seem to apply to the 'main' characters.
4.) some intense and up-close, personal confrontations. Graphic and gory at times.
5.) some/many of the conversations came off as somewhat stilted and contrived.
6.a) the typical British sense of fair play and the 'stiff upper lip' attitude rang load and clear throughout this work.
6.b) but in fairness, the author says in his end notes... "if these men come off as a bit caricatured, well, I hope it elicits a chuckle rather than a groan." So the apparent intent was to write an entertaining war story rather than one featuring the brutal realism found in such works as "A Band of Brother" or 'Saving Private Ryan". Fair enough.
I liked this work, and more so once I became aware and comfortable with the realization that the good guy would always prevail, albeit at significant cost.
It was the type of tale that I could conjure up images of Anthony Quinn, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson or maybe even John Wayne saying 'Listen here, Pilgrim', strolling across the screen, if this were ever to become a movie.
A WWII tale, that while maybe a bit unrealistic when detailing some of the action and encounters but was still an enjoyable read. And this was the effect that the author intended.
A story I was eager to get back to if I had to stopped reading for a while.
As it is... 4 1/2 Stars
The story serves up more than the requisite bullets bombs and explosions. There's a damsel in distress, a truly despicable villain, and a coterie of characters who are a joy to ride along with (as they blast Nazi scum to hell).
Badelaire's greatest achievement, is he takes a well-worn genre - the war time `men on a mission' story - and breathes new life into it. The story is fresh and exciting, and written with the pace of a modern thriller. I loved reading every word of it.
If you're looking for informative, accurate historical war fiction, then this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy un-apologetically heroic and bullet-riddled tales of derring-do, then Commando: Operation Arrowhead is just the ticket. I am looking forward to the next mission.