Book Review: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 31, 2018

About: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera is a non-fiction account of the British “Pigeon Warfare” effort. Mr. Corera is a journalist and writer, he specializes on security issues for the BBC. 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 9780062667076 My rating for Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service – 5 Buy Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service from Amazon.com* More Books by Gordon Corera* Thoughts: I always thought the use of pigeons is a creative one, but really have no special interest in it because, well… it’s pigeons.  Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera, however, is a well written book which brings to life this small part of the war. On the face of it, using pigeons to fly messages from German held territories to England sounds ridiculous. How could such an operation be successful with so many variables which cannot be accounted for? The author answers this question, and many more, in the book. The pigeon business, as it turned out, was popular at the time (racing, etc.)…

Book Review: Colonel Sun by Robert Markham
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 1, 2017

About: Colonel Sun by Robert Markham is the first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming. Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis, the book was published six years after the death of Ian Fleming. Paperback: 196 pages Publisher: Bantam; paperback My rating for Colonel Sun– 3 Buy Colonel Sun from Amazon.com* More Books by Robert Markham Thoughts: In today’s world where some authors became simple brands which publishers build on, it is not uncommon to see a book which uses an author’s name and brand for a new story by a different writer. Colonel Sun by Robert Markham came out in 1968, a few years after Mr. Fleming’s death and many years before successful books, authors, and characters were branded as a franchise. The book itself is strangely written. It seems the author was trying to write in the same vain as Mr. Fleming in the beginning as a fast paced thriller, only to give up somewhere in the around quarter way and write in his own style turning the thriller into an traveling adventure story. That is not bad, just makes for a strange reading experience. I couldn’t help but notice that this is not…

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