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North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. For those who liked that sort of thing, it was a good clean fight: nothing to harm but the sand, the enemy and yourself. Striking hard and escaping fast, Fanny Barton’s squadron play Russian roulette, flying their clapped out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. On the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s SAS patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft. This is the story of the desert war waged by the men of the RAF and SAS versus the Luftwaffe and the Afrika Korps – a war of no glamour and few heroes in a setting often more lethal than the enemy.
©1993 Derek Robinson (P)2011 Soundings
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By Cary on 02-21-12

More of this author please

I've been a big fan of Robinson's RFC/RAF graphic novels for some time. Often revisit them and still both laugh out loud at the sparkling repartee and cringe at the all too involving scenes of conflict. Narrator Tudor Barnes is simply terrific in tone, pace, comic timing and, the Robinson trademark, conveying irony. The Desert War will never feel the same after this.

More, much more, Derek Robinson...please!

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By Sam on 10-29-13

How about a Piece of Cake?

Would you listen to A Good Clean Fight again? Why?

Maybe. Maybe not, but only because there are so many books, and so little time.

What did you like best about this story?

Robinson's usual cynicism/realism about war and the many types of personalities that make up a group thrust together for a common goal (more or less). Brilliant characterisations as always.

What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

Well read, and characterised, although a bit toffee-nosed where it shouldn't have been (e.g. enlisted men). Just one bit of constructive criticism - Fanny Barton is a New Zealander, not an Australian. There is a very distinctive difference between how NZers pronounce 'a', 'e' and 'i' and how Aussies do. Something akin to South Africans. Fanny sounds like an Ocker (rough Aussie). Otherwise, great reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have, if I could have.

Any additional comments?

Please do Piece of Cake!

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By R on 06-14-15

Anything but a Clean Fight

What made the experience of listening to A Good Clean Fight the most enjoyable?

The atmosphere created both by the author and the narrator. The descriptive narration of the action with great detail of individual relationships add greater depth to the overall story.

What did you like best about this story?

\the politics of the three basic units in the efforts to succeed, The German Intelligence, the SAS and the Desert Air Force

What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

The atmosphere he created in the various areas of the story line. His voice control and change in tempo bought the story alive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not such a Good Clean Fight

Any additional comments?

This is almost classic Derik Robinson, a wonderful tale of war between men and war against the desert as well as the emotions of men in battle. Truly a very good read.

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