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Hornet's Sting

Derek Robinson

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Fiction, First World War fiction, Historical fiction

1917: pilots seek distraction from certain death as the air war intensifies...

It's 1917, and Captain Stanley Woolley joins an R.F.C. squadron whose pilots are starting to fear the worst: their war over the Western Front may go on for years. A pilot's life is usually short, so while it lasts it is celebrated strenuously.

Distractions from the brutality of the air war include British nurses; eccentric Russian pilots; bureaucratic battles over the plum-jam ration; rat-hunting with Very pistols; and the C.O.'s patent, potent cocktail, known as 'Hornet's Sting'.

But as the summer offensives boil up, none of these can offer any lasting comfort.

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Derek Robinson

Derek Robinson s acclaimed First World War trilogy and Piece of Cake have established him as the world s best aviation writer and one of the top authors of war fiction.