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Book 4: Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea by Captain W.E. Johns

For book 4 of my challenge, I decided to go for another period adventure story, this time set just after World War II.

James Bigglesworth, known throughout the world as Biggles, is the protagonist in a series of books by Captain W.E. Johns, an RFC veteran of the First World War.

Biggles, a seemingly slow-aging character started his career in the Royal Flying Corps in World War I and continued to have adventures with his colleagues Algy, Ginger and Bertie throughout the inter-war years, during WWII and in the post war years where they became a special Air Police unit working out of Scotland Yard. It is in this period in the early 50s that this particular book is set. Biggles and Algy are sent to a tiny British owned island in the Indian Ocean to investigate reports of an unidentified aircraft spotted flying towards the island. There they find a mysterious Brit and come into conflict with Hashish smugglers, a giant squid and a shark.

This is a classic Biggles book. It’s all good. 8/10

50 Book Challenge so far:
Books: 4/50
Pages: 1803/15000

2 responses

  1. I love Biggles although for various reasons I no longer have any of the books. I am about to start a second hand book trawl to get every single one…

    22 March, 2011 at 13:59

    • Speaking of Biggles, just heard on the Time Vault that you guys liked the movie they did of it. I’d always steered away because I’d heard it wasn’t remotely faithful to the books. Is it worth checking out?

      7 April, 2011 at 22:51

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