Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of 24 hours in the summer of , portraying all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in. The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the hour story of an allied bombing is a novel war. There are no. Listen to “Bomber” by Len Deighton available from Rakuten Kobo. Narrated by Richard Burnip. Start a free day trial today and get your first audiobook free.

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Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. To be honest, I am glad it took me so long to finally read this book because I don’t think the younger version of “me” was ready to fully comprehend the brutal honesty of war that is depicted by Deighton in ‘Bomber’. Its excruciating details of the impact of the bombing on Germany – only 25 years after the end of the war – shocked people in the UK when it was published, and is still as accurate as any formal history in giving you a sense of what World War II in the air was really like Gives a real sense of the brutality and nightmarishness of this air bombing war for both sides.

In fact there is no primary story to the novel other than a large air raid bombeg hundreds of planes eventually takes place late in the book and one is bored to tears with the rest of it. Very thorough and un-jingoistic retelling of a WW2 bombing raid on Germany.

Bomber by Len Deighton

Set during the summer of it follows the events surrounding an RAF bombing raid on a town in Germany. The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article. I can understand becoming confused in the amount of characters – and it was nice to read a book that wasn’t overdone in both plot and characterisation, but rather concerned itself with the events.


Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian. As soon as the men on the church roof saw the trusses buckling they hurried back down to the ldn.

Subscribe Enter your email address: A highly decorated World War I veteran who voluntarily serves as a lower-ranked officer away from the front lines, he is a widower with an older son on the Eastern front.

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The British bomber stream forms up and avoids known flak concentrations and searchlight batteries. It did take a while to get into the stride of the novel and sort them all out.

For instance, Deighton is able to cross-cut between a British bombardier called bomb aimers by the British who drops a bomb and the specific German person that bomb killed. I liked the subtle differences in the ways the Germans were written, compared to the British, too.

His intention is to demonstrate what happens when man and his machines meet with one or the other failing. The stress is on war. The firemen had been expecting it. Aug 15, Monical rated it it was ok. Bomber, UK first edition, Retrieved from ” https: With documentary precision, he has created a powerful panoramic account of a bombing raid over the Ruhr during World War II. A pathfinder Mosquito is downed and the marker bombs it is carrying explode southeast of Altgarten; with little flak and clear bombing conditions, Christmas Tree marker pyrotechnics are placed over the wrong target.


Many of these subplots are rather lame. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A Berlin Deightonn, — However, I can understand why. Here, it marvelously demonstrates an intimate connection that counterbalances the mechanical anonymity of aerial warfare.

The instruments shuddered and the figures on them blurred. Without any doubt my favourite book of all time.

There is a certain detachment and distance to the proceedings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To ask other readers questions about Bomberplease sign up. The bomber crews relax and prepare for the ordeal. Retrieved 2 March Do you have a morbid fascination with ways to die during wartime? Solid craftsmanship buttressed by impeccable research. The stonework of the outer walls was expanding and it made angry growls and sudden cracks.

One that is a brilliant read and thrill ride bommber literature that Deighton is most suited for creating. Originally published on my blog here in February I kept wanting to get back to the real story but there wasn’t one.

The raid’s two waves cause a firestorm that destroys Altgarten; many of the main characters on both sides die or lose those close to them.