This is another book which was sent to me for review and I have to say that it was a very interesting reading, especially when the Author is a Lady. Some women are really amazing. I mean really amazing. What would you say if I tell you that I know one who has done a book about Bomb Disposal, Defusing Airplane Bombs (duds) and this kind of stuff ? And I am not talking about defusing old rusty bombs excavated today (2018). No ! No way, I am talking about bombs which were dropped, which didn’t explode and which remains laying on the ground when the German airplanes were gone. Bombs made to kill, some being voluntary equipped with delay firing devices, some ticking or even smoking. These beasts were quietly laying on the ground like waiting to be moved by someone to go off. And these devices killed a lot of these Bomb Disposal’s heroes.
As told early, I got a copy from Kerin’s book today in the mail from Pen & Sword Books Ltd in the UK. The first thin I have to say is that the name of this Publishing House says it all. Quality of the work is perfect and there is nothing else to say because that an habit at P&S. I have always said that if I should once publish a book in English I will not use my own label – Foxmaster Publishing – but would choice P&S for it (if they accept of course).
Already available on Amazon, The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl: Jack Howard and Bomb Disposal in WW2 is the kind of book I don’t read but eat because those are real thriller. Having worked into World War Two ammunition for over two decades, and having also lost a couple of friends who were blown up at home, I know the exact feeling of the peoples who hadn’t the chance to say “no way” and dig the thing deeper in the ground. These men had simply to do the job and either deactivate or destroy them on the spot. Unfortunately, and most of the cases, didn’t allow Bomb Disposal personal to detonate 250 Lbs or 500 Lbs explosive or incendiary devices in the London down town or in the front of Buckingham Palace. These men had to play enter into action knowing this terrible deal : 50/50 way out !
I am providing you the Amazon link to help you get a copy. I do this on purpose because I know you will like this book because it tells the story of a special kind of men. Men that were no simple heroes. Men that were something more than usual heroes. Something more above. Share this post as much as you can because I do really want peoples to learn about those that will never becomes the subject of a movie because they mostly didn’t spend enough time alive to create a story off their deeds.
Last words goes to Kerin because she is a friend and rocks ! Kerin Freeman began working as a scientific proof reader for The European Journal of Biochemistry in Belgium. There she learnt working with words was like a love affair. Later, she moved to New Zealand and began working freelance for an international medical publisher. For the past sixteen years she has been busy editing scientific/medical/humanities theses, legal documents, novels, film scripts, and autobiographies. Her long obsession with books and history led her to write War and Chance. She is currently working on other projects.
Conscripted into the army in 1940, 18 year old Thomas Collins is sent to France where he witnesses and takes part in horrors far beyond his imagination. Shell shocked and wounded, he leaves Dunkirk on the destroyer Havant. Thomas’ recovery in Netley Hospital is slow and images of a brutal war refuse to leave his fragile state of mind, especially his bloody slaying of a German soldier. Wounded and shell shocked, Thomas is taken off the beach at Dunkirk and sent back to England to recuperate. The boy who left England to fight in France has disappeared and in his place is a husk of a man who wears a mask in the company of the people who care for him. Not long after bombs begin to fall on Southampton, tragedy strikes, and heartbroken and bent on revenge, Thomas enlists the aid of his army mates and goes looking for trouble.