BookPick : Summer 2021

BookPick : Summer 2021

by BigJules

With the warmer weather well underway in the Northern Hemisphere (albeit somewhat variable) one of the great pleasures at this time of year is relaxing outdoors with a good book – and a chilled beverage. There must be hundreds of thousands of books that have been written about various aspects of the Second World War, from high geo-political strategy to the famous battleships of the day to the role of secret intelligence services. I particularly enjoy reading memoirs of the seamen who fought in this terrible conflict. In this BookPick I have selected three titles dealing, not with the steel goliaths of the age, but with the small boats and their crews, indomitably venturing into Neptune’s realm on daring missions.


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This is going to be MEGA

Only two weeks to go!


On a volcanic island, in the middle of shark-infested waters, Larker is sent to the The Cruel School. The lessons are appalling, the school dinners are revolting and the teachers are terrifying – but the scariest thing is Doctor Doktur’s mysterious ‘Monsterfication Machine’. And soon, Larker comes face to face with a real life MEGAMONSTER!

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Johnnie Johnson’s 1942 Diary, The War Diary of the Spitfire Ace of Aces

In a generation of outstanding RAF fighter pilots, Johnnie Johnson was the top scoring Ace who survived the Battle of Britain and the fight for air supremacy, to stay on in the post-war RAF, to reach the rank of Air Vice Marshal. This book is based on his war diary of 1942 and provides a number of insights into life in the RAF Fighter Command of that period. Most Highly Recommended

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Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle, The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1990-2020 LandCraft 4

A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series and this Interim Combat Vehicle demonstrates the political folly of premature spending of ‘peace dividends’ by politicians. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. Very Highly Recommended

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