A Good Clean Fight

  • by Derek Robinson
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- Cary "Road Warrior"

Long, gritty, cynical, slice of time from WWII

Would you try another book from Derek Robinson and/or Michael Tudor Barnes?

Probably, especially if other reviews were good. The reader did a good job with voices, pacing and such, which really helped with this book. Otherwise it would have gotten tedious quickly.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There really isn't a "story." This is one of those that follows a slice of time in the WWII deserts of North Africa before the US got into the war. Normally I'm not a big fan of these stories that use the time, place, external events as both the main character and a substitute for a "story," but this one somehow caught my attention and I just kept listening. There were enough small events on both sides to keep you tuned in. Both the German and British characters are such an oddball mix of good-bad-crazy that I never cheered anyone, but still wanted to see what would happen next.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the last SAS strike on the German fighter base. Incredibly brazen, yet actually well played. Meanwhile the Sr. German officers, just have a seat and watch the show, knowing by the time their infantry gets there, the SAS will all be gone and all the BF109s will have been destroyed.

Was A Good Clean Fight worth the listening time?

Mostly. Could have been a bit shorter and tighter, but I'd probably try another of this author's works.

Any additional comments?

This would be a good book to augment with a PDF map.

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- R. Denton "Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2011
  • Publisher: Soundings