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A MAGNIFICENT DIVERSION

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Topic: A MAGNIFICENT DIVERSION
Posted By: AndyK
Subject: A MAGNIFICENT DIVERSION
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2009 at 21:14
THE INFINITE REACHES
325 pages. ISBN 9780955632525
CONTACT PATROL
303 pages. ISBN 9780955632532
SOLD A PUP
261 pages ISBN 9780955632649
THE GREAT DISSERVICE
265 pages ISBN 9780955632556
by Pat Cunningham
 
All 202×143mm, softback. £8.99 each.
Pecsaeton Publishing, 13 Clare House, 7 Lime Avenue, Derby, DE1 1TU
 
Pat Cunningham has written four books in this series, A Magnificent Diversion, which track the service career and life of Paul Cowley as he serves through WWI. We start off with Paul recovering from injury – and working his way back to fitness and eventually to France, flying the DH2. This comprises the first book, which to my mind is probably the best of the four. In parts it reminds me strongly of the classic Winged Victory. We get some wonderfully descriptive passages when Paul is flying his DH2 on various sorties, and the background of ‘life on the ground’ and in-squadron politics is very believable! In later books, Pat tells us of Paul’s time flying Pups in action – which again is very accurate and very evocative of the time. As the series progresses it is difficult to fault the technical accuracy of Pat’s writing – Paul’s experience of flying DH9 and Handley Page aircraft is particularly vivid! As often happens with series of books, as time goes by the adventures become more unlikely and the coincidences less believable – but despite this slight escalation of disbelief as the series progresses, the technical accuracy and evocative descriptive writing means that I definitely recommend these books to any reader interested in our era.
 
AGK, Volume 40 Number 1



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