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I loved the audio sample and I got this book based on the historical significance, the narration and the telling of story in the sample.
Knowing that Audible usually picks a juicy snippet for the sample I knew I needed to be patient and give the book a chance to develop. It starts out a little dry with just a bit too much technical minutia and historical biographies about characters. However, by the time I reached chapter 3 (and the chapters actually follow the screen display in this book) I was thinking "enough already get to the point", but I decided to hang on for one more chapter. I'm very glad I did. The book picked up speed and I could hardly stop listening after that point. One of the faster finishes I've had.
I would strongly urge you get this book if you like WW II history and a healthy does of technical details. It is a fascinating story of technology, spying, perseverance in the face of adversity and courage. While I'm not sure if I will listen to it again I absolutely enjoyed the first time. Gordon Griffin has gone down on my top ten list of great narrators.
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What did you love best about Night Raid?
Very thorough background on the reasons for the raid along with the planning and preparation
What did you like best about this story?
Most histories on WWII only look at US involvement. This book covers several events that predate 12/07/1941.
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This isn't a novel, it's a technical manual on the history of radar.
Not quite what it said on the cover.
I would recommend this book for anyone with an unhealthy interest in early radar. Err.... That's it.
This review is brief, but salient. This book clearly, and without melodrama, shows how wars, unfortunate as they are, are won. Its not the pseudo John Wayne hero who wins in the end. It's the ordinary guys who have guile in abundance and are unquestionably brave. They are the people who will eventually triumph.
Two different types of hero are featured here. Those real life characters who show patience and determination throughout the development stage and those who throw caution to the wind (Literally) in the execution phase. Thank god people like these guys existed, who knows! Their type may yet be called upon again.