The Balloonist

by James Long | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 147113900X Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4evagreen of Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 2/3/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by 4evagreen from Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Given to me by a work colleague who knowing my tastes thought that I might be interested and indeed I am.

Journal Entry 2 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 11, 2018
There have been many tales written about the daring-dos of the Royal Air Force during the First World War but they have usually centred on the exploits of its pilots. This is the first book that I have read about this unheralded element of the war and and I found myself wanting to know more about it and its participants.

There is obviously a lot of breathless and vivid action, there's always something going on grabbing your attention. I found it hard to put down but also learning something new about these unheralded heroes. It is hard not to admire the bravery of these men who despite the obvious risks still put themselves forward to fulfil this important role. Generally I found this a well written book and whilst I have nothing to compare with it, on the face of it, it appears well researched. I enjoyed the depiction of Willy and most of the other characters even if, with the exception of the balloon units, the British, and in particular their officers, don't come out of it terribly well. I particularly enjoyed Churchill's cameo. Willy comes across as a cross as a it of a James Bond figure and there is even a beautiful woman for the requisite romantic element, but if I have one complaint, it is that there is just perhaps one deed of daring-do too many. However, if you are looking for a piece of escapism where you can perhaps learn something new then you could do far worse than this.


Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 03, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (12/3/2018 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Going out as a RABCK. I hope that you haven't already read it. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingDelticwing at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 08, 2018
Thank you 4evagreen. This looks interesting and a side of World War 1 that I had never thought of.

Journal Entry 5 by wingDelticwing at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 13, 2020
A very interesting historical novel, about an aspect of World War 1, that I'd never given a second thought. Our hero Willy never seems to have an uneventful "shift", which, I presume, would be exactly how it was. I definitely need to find out more about these brave men. Thanks for sharing this with me.

Journal Entry 6 by wingDelticwing at Leeds Meet @ City Museum Café in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Released 4 mos ago (2/19/2020 UTC) at Leeds Meet @ City Museum Café in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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