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Will be available in paperback in November,&nbsp;and is available now in eBook format.<br></big></font></big></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: center;"><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"><big style="color: rgb(3, 6, 8);"><big><img style="width: 545px; height: 369px;" alt="ASLW_Cvr_web.jpg" src="ASLW_Cvr_web.jpg"></big></big></span></small></div><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"></span></small></div><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"><big style="color: rgb(3, 6, 8);"><big>It's 1919. The &nbsp;Great War is over but a civil war is raging in Russia. &nbsp;Bolshevik Reds are fighting White Russians, and a volunteer R.A.F. squadron, flying clapped-out Sopwith Camels and DH9 bombers, arrives to duff up the Reds. &nbsp;But the 'splendid little war' they are promised turns out to be big and brutal, a world of armoured train, anarchist guerillas, unreliable allies and pitiless enemies. &nbsp;There is comedy, but it is the bleakest kind. <span style="font-style: italic;">A Splendid Little War</span> shows war as it is: grim, funny, moving - but never splendid.<br><br><span style="color: red;">Reviews of A Splendid Little War</span><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <a href="Review_ASLW_Express.doc">The Daily Express</a><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="Am%20GQ%20Mag%20Review_SLQ_rtf.rtf">American edition of GQ Magazine</a> <br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="Independent%20Review%20of%20ASLW.rtf">The Independent</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; <br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <br></big></big></span></small><table style="background-color: rgb(239, 255, 232); width: 800px; height: 1307px; text-align: left; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" border="3" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="2"><tbody><tr><td> <big></big><p class="MsoNormal"><big><b style=""><span style="font-size: 16pt; color: red;" lang="EN-GB"><small><a name="Readers_Write"></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; Readers Write #32 &nbsp; November 2013</small></span></b></big></p><p class="MsoNormal"><big><big style="color: red;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Never quit: portrait of a wartime pilot,</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></big></big></p><p class="MsoNormal"><big><big style="color: red;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Flying in a Lancaster (earplugs needed),</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></big></big></p><p class="MsoNormal"><big><big style="color: red;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;And Baggy Bletchley versus the mobile loo.</span></big></big></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;" class="MsoNormal">The makers of the film A Bridge Too Far, based on Cornelius Ryan's book about the paratroop assault on Arnhem, held a preview before general release.&nbsp; As they left, the audience were asked to write their opinions.&nbsp; Many said it was a good film but the story was farfetched.&nbsp; They simply didn't believe that the force sent to relieve the paras would have to cross so many bridges.&nbsp; Yet the story was true.&nbsp;Arnhem was&nbsp;a bridge too far for the Allied relief columns, and so the operation ended in failure.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><big style="font-weight: bold;"><big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></big></big></big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Things happen in war that any writer would hesitate to invent. Take the career of Lewis Hodges.&nbsp; He was 21 in 1940 when his Hampden bomber raided Stettin, was damaged, and he made a forced-landing in Brittany.&nbsp; He and his gunner then walked across France to Marseilles, got arrested and jailed. Hodges escaped, stowed away on a cargo boat to Oran in West Africa, got arrested and was returned to Marseilles, where he escaped yet again, having used a potato to create official-looking stamps on a pass. He travelled by train and taxi to the Pyrenees and into Spain.&nbsp; This time customs officers arrested him.&nbsp; He spent five weeks in a prison camp before the British Embassy secured his release and he went via Gibraltar to Britain and rejoined his squadron.&nbsp; He'd been on the run for eight months. Asked what he'd missed most, he said: 'My pyjamas.'&nbsp; Thereafter, when flying on ops he always wore them under his uniform. He flew many ops.</span><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"> <o:p></o:p></span></big></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></big><span style="font-weight: bold;">A long spell of night raids on Germany earned him a place in a squadron supporting SOE operations in Europe flying Halifax bombers that dropped supplies and agents to&nbsp;resistance groups.&nbsp; It was a lonely and dangerous task, calling for a calm temperament and superb navigational skills.&nbsp; By 1943 (when he was 24) he commanded the squadron, now flying Lysanders and Hudsons,&nbsp;small enough to land in fields.&nbsp; He flew SOE ops until 1944 and then&nbsp; went to the Far East, where he commanded a special duties squadron, using Lysanders, Dakotas and long-range Liberators to support resistance groups inBurma, Thailand and Malaya.&nbsp; These sorties lasted up to 20 hours, often in monsoon conditions. He ended the war with a double DSO and a double DFC </span>.<big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</big> <o:p></o:p></span></big></p> <div style="text-align: left;"><big style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></big><span style="font-weight: bold;">That's a brief account of the extraordinary wartime career of the man who eventually became Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges, CBE, CB, KCB.&nbsp; His portrait hangs in the RAF Club, in Piccadilly,&nbsp; and next to it&nbsp;is a picture of the first bombers he flew, Hampdens, in a low-level raid over the North Sea.&nbsp; It's the original that Tony Cowland painted for the new cover of the MacLehose Press edition of&nbsp; Damned Good Show. Those three words are a fitting description of both Lewis Hodges a</span><span style="font-weight: bold;" class="">n</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">d the paintin</span>g.<big><big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></big></big></big></div> <p class="MsoNormal"><big><big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></big></big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big><big style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;Onwards.&nbsp; I hear from John W., an old pal in&nbsp; <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">New York</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype></st1:place>, who has a rare (probably unique) angle on my latest effort,&nbsp; <em>A Splendid Little War</em>. He enjoyed it immensely&nbsp; ("I am becoming a fan of Lacey," he says), especially as he (John) has driven a World War One Renault Whippet tank and also restored a Sopwith Camel,&nbsp; "so the last chapter where one consumed the other and then committed suicide was of particular interest."&nbsp;&nbsp; Not many people can claim such inside knowledge.</big></big> <o:p></o:p></span></big></p> <p style="font-weight: bold;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;More transatlantic info comes from another good guy, Tibor, who is currently mentoring students of English at the University of Tampa in Florida.&nbsp; One of his class wrote a thoughtful critique on&nbsp;my output. "Robinson," he says, "calmly narrates the Goshawk attack on the Zeppelin and subsequent firefight without getting too popcorn and relentless.&nbsp; It all goes back to straight reportage",&nbsp; which he believes I do as well as Hemingway and maybe even slightly better. Well, I just tell the story and hope for the best.&nbsp;<big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big>&nbsp;</big> <o:p></o:p></span></big></big></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></big></big><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Meanwhile, Garth in NYC,&nbsp; who is also in the military fiction business, has achieved the ultimate in research by actually flying in a </span><st1:place style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Lancaster</st1:city></st1:place><span style="font-weight: bold;"> bomber. The Canadian Warplane Heritage in </span><st1:place style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Hamilton</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">Ontario</st1:state></st1:place><span style="font-weight: bold;"> has a Lanc,&nbsp; one of only two still airworthy, and it's possible to&nbsp;take a trip on a 45-minute flight.&nbsp; "Not cheap," Garth says, "but worth every penny."&nbsp; The rear gun turret being out of bounds, he spent most of the flight in the mid-upper gun turret "from where I reckon the best all-round views were available&nbsp;"&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; and to prove it, he sent me some shots</span></big></big>.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;<big><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></big></span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<a href="Lanc-001.jpg"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 100px; height: 75px;" alt="Lanc 001THUMB" src="Lanc%20001THUMB.jpg"></a>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="Lanc%20002.jpg"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 100px; height: 75px;" alt="Lanc 002THUMB" src="Lanc%20002THUMB.jpg"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="Lanc%20003.jpg"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 100px; height: 75px;" alt="Lanc 003THUMB" src="Lanc%20003THUMB.jpg"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="Lanc%20004.jpg"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 100px; height: 75px;" alt="Lanc 004THUMB" src="Lanc%20004THUMB.jpg"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="Lanc-005.jpg"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 75px; height: 100px;" alt="Lanc 005THUMB" src="Lanc%20005THUMB.jpg"></a><span style="font-size: 8pt;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 8pt; color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-style: italic;"><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Click on a &nbsp;thumbnail to&nbsp;see a larger version.</span></big></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Very impressive.&nbsp; You can see what a beautiful beast the Lanc was (and is).&nbsp; Garth reports that&nbsp; he could move around reasonably freely, "although clambering over the main spar that holds the wings on is a bit of a sod, so what it would have been like in full flying gear doesn't bear thinking about"&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; especially in pitch darkness.&nbsp; "The airframe creaks and groans and screams and shudders,&nbsp;and the noise produced by the four engines is simply unbearable",&nbsp; so passengers wore ear-protectors.&nbsp; In WW2, aircrew endured the deafening noise, breathed oxygen, flew at 20,000 feet in temperatures down to minus 60, and faced flak and nightfighters. Garth concludes: "My respect for the men of Bomber Command, already high, has now doubled."&nbsp;</span></big></big>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;<big><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">Jumping from the Lanc to the electronic age,&nbsp; Bob&nbsp; ("a devoted reader since </span><em style="font-weight: bold;">Piece of Cake</em><span style="font-weight: bold;"> in 1991")&nbsp; writes from somewhere in </span><st1:country-region style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on">America</st1:country-region><span style="font-weight: bold;"> to ask when </span><span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">ASLW</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"> will be available as an ebook to my </span><st1:place style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place><span style="font-weight: bold;"> fans.&nbsp; All I can say is the NY office of Quercus Inc is now up and running with plans&nbsp;to publish all my flying titles,&nbsp; plus the Cabrillo quartet, as ebooks.&nbsp; When exactly?&nbsp; Don't know,&nbsp; but I suspect the <span style="font-style: italic;">ASLW</span> ebook will follow the print paperback next spring.&nbsp; Meanwhile, friends in </span><st1:place style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region></st1:place><span style="font-weight: bold;"> tell me they have bought print copies of</span><em style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp; Splendid</em><span style="font-weight: bold;"> via Amazon, although delivery can take as long as a month.</span></big></big><o:p></o:p></span></p> &nbsp;Lastly, a couple of messages from the UK.&nbsp; Rob has read and re-read all my stuff again,&nbsp; "thanks to your latest publisher who has seen the light in the quality and stark depth in your writing. Like so many, I read and read again, and each time reveals another layer in your characters.&nbsp; Some live, many die, but the reader truly cares about each."&nbsp; Which leads him to wonder:&nbsp; what happened next to CH3 after <span style="font-style: italic;">Cake</span> and to Barton after <span style="font-style: italic;">A Good Clean Fight</span>?&nbsp; Fanny Barton's future is spelled out very briefly in the novel&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; he goes to Rhodesia and commands a pilot training base (which, personally, I don't think would satisfy him for long).&nbsp;&nbsp; I can only guess at CH3's future,&nbsp; but the hard fact is that six American pilots flew in the Battle of Britain and five were killed later in the war; so CH3's chances of survival&nbsp;&nbsp;were not good.&nbsp;<big><big><span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></big></big> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><big><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">And Phil joins the club of those who re-read</span><em style="font-weight: bold;"> Cake </em><span style="font-weight: bold;">every two or three years, and says:&nbsp; "Liking Skull and Kellaway more with each reading.... I receive a sort of holistic notice as I approach Baggy Bletchley's testicular battle on the portable toilet.&nbsp; I know what's happening, more or less what he's going through, and I still laugh out loud at each reading."&nbsp;&nbsp; I have a soft spot for old Baggy.&nbsp; He survived tha </span><st1:city style="font-weight: bold;" w:st="on">Battle</st1:city><span style="font-weight: bold;"> to fight again in <span style="font-style: italic;">AGCF</span> and in </span><em style="font-weight: bold;">Hullo <st1:country-region w:st="on">Russia</st1:country-region>, Goodbye <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">England</st1:country-region></st1:place></em><span style="font-weight: bold;">. Air commodores were made of tough stuff</span></big></big>.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-weight: bold;" class="MsoNormal">My thanks to all who wrote.</p> <p style="font-weight: bold;" class="MsoNormal">Derek Robinson<span style="font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"></span><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="ReadersWritePrevious.html"><big style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Previous Readers Write</span></big></a></span></span></p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0);"></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><br><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"> </span></small> <table style="height: 999px; text-align: left; width: 812px;" border="4" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="4"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 154px;"><br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <img style="width: 158px; height: 288px;" src="DR_Docks_for_web.jpg" alt="DR_Docks_for_web.jpg"></td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 614px; background-color: rgb(204, 255, 255); text-align: justify;"> <p style="margin-left: 1px; font-weight: bold; width: 630px;" class="MsoNormal"><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"><img style="width: 612px; height: 201px;" alt="DR_Who He?" src="DR_Who%20He.jpg"> </span></small><big style="font-weight: bold;"><a name="Derek_Robinson_Who_He"></a>&nbsp; </big><big>When someone at a party asks what I do, I say I write Ripping Yarns.&nbsp; It's a quick answer but a very incomplete one. I'm best known for my novels about the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force in the two World Wars and some might say the books are highly readable adventure stories.&nbsp; Nothing wrong with that, but there's more than combat in the high blue yonder&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; there's also memorable characters, there's unexpected twists and turns of warfare,&nbsp; and there's aircrew humour.&nbsp;&nbsp; Especially the humour.&nbsp; I did my National Service in the Royal Air Force.&nbsp; I was never airborne; I was in a Ground Control Interception Unit, deep underground in a concrete bunker.&nbsp; But I learned a lot about the special humour of flying people,&nbsp; and it emerges naturally and unavoidably in my novels. Humour is one of the essential colours in the spectrum of life. You don't make a story more serious by removing the humour; you just make it less true.</big><big> </big></p> <div style="font-weight: bold;"><big>The longer I do this job, the luckier I know I am.&nbsp; For a start, I'm English and the English language is global. That's pure luck of birth. I might have been born in Hungary.&nbsp; There are good Hungarian writers,&nbsp; but it's a lot easier for me to find readers throughout the English-speaking world.&nbsp; And I was lucky to have literate parents.&nbsp; When I grew up there were always books and magazines about the house, unlike some other kids' homes. There was a good public library at the end of the street.&nbsp; And there was the 1944 Education Act which created State Scholarships for bright lads and helped me get into Cambridge. </big></div> <div style="font-weight: bold;"><big>&nbsp;</big></div> <div style="font-weight: bold;"><big>That's where I learned to write boringly. I was writing to impress, not to inform. Twelve years in advertising agencies (London and New York) kicked the crap out of my style. Every word had to work hard. I wrote ad copy and commercials for everything from Esso petrol to <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>.&nbsp; Always I knew I wanted to move on, to be a fulltime writer&nbsp; -&nbsp; but I had nothing to say.&nbsp; Nothing worth reading, anyway. (I was a late developer.) I wrote two bad and unpublishable novels and finally got it right with a&nbsp;story called <em>Goshawk Squadron</em>. Might have won the Booker Prize if Saul Bellow, one of the judges, had had his way. Not important. "The most readable novel of the year," Nina Bawden said of <em>Goshawk</em> in the <em>Daily Telegraph</em>. "I laughed aloud several times, and was in the end reduced to tears." That's worth more than any prize. The first novel bought me enough time to write the second, and so it goes. Lucky me.</big><big style="font-weight: bold;">.&nbsp;</big> <br> <br> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 401px; height: 291px;" src="DR_Spitfire_for_web.jpg" alt="DR_Spitfire_for_web.jpg"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;" lang="EN-GB"></span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </div> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <big style="font-weight: bold;"> </big><small style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"></span></small><br> <table style="font-weight: bold; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(191, 238, 199); height: 1621px; width: 769px;" border="6" cellpadding="12" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 739px;"> <div><big><big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 336px; height: 140px;" alt="MacLeHose_Logo" src="MacLeHose_Logo.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</big></big><div style="text-align: left;"><big><big>MacLehose Press (an imprint of Quercus Books) </big></big><big><big>has published all of my flying novels&nbsp; -&nbsp; three Royal Flying Corps books and four Royal Air Force books.&nbsp;<em></em><em></em><em></em><em></em> Here are the&nbsp;new&nbsp;covers:&nbsp; </big></big><br> <big><big> </big></big></div> </div> <div><big><big>&nbsp;</big></big></div> <div><big><big>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </big></big><a href="http://maclehosepress.com/book/Piece-of-Cake-by-Derek-Robinson-ISBN_9780857050939"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 132px; height: 205px;" alt="pce cake" src="DR_NewCvrsPCECAKE.jpg"></a><big><big>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </big></big><a href="http://maclehosepress.com/book/Hullo-Russia-Goodbye-England-by-Derek-Robinson-ISBN_9780857050922"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 129px; height: 202px;" alt="hullo russia" src="DR_NewCvrsHULLORUSSIA_renamed_7349.jpg"></a><big><big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 132px; height: 203px;" alt="A Good Clean Fight" src="A%20GOOD%20CLEAN%20FIGHT_1_new.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img style="width: 134px; height: 207px;" alt="Damned Good Show_new" src="Damned%20Good%20Show_new.jpg"> <br><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 134px; height: 202px;" alt="war story_new" src="WAR%20STORY_new.jpg">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 135px; height: 206px;" alt="hornets sting_new" src="Hornets%20Sting_new.jpg">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 136px; height: 208px;" alt="goshawk squadron_new" src="GOSHAWK%20SQUDRN_new.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</big></big></div> <span style="font-weight: bold;"></span><big></big><br> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></span><big><big><a href="http://maclehosepress.com/author/Derek_Robinson?l=8"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); text-decoration: underline;">Click here</span></a> to go to the MacLeHose website. where you can click on their individual covers for&nbsp; purchase options, including e-books.</big></big> <div style="text-align: justify;"><big><big><em></em>&nbsp;</big></big></div> <div style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 110px; width: 518px;"><big><big>This will be the first time that all my flying titles are in print from the same publisher:&nbsp; something that gives me great satisfaction. Equally satisfying is the work of Tony Cowland, who has painted the cover illustrations for all the books. Each cover looks dramatically different, yet together they have a family likeness. They form a splendid collection, and they appeared at The Mall Galleries (near Admiralty Arch)&nbsp; in the Aviation Paintings of the Year Exhibition by the Guild of Aviation Artists. The standard was high. My congratulations to Tony on a memorable achievement. </big></big> <table style="text-align: left; width: 518px; height: 350px; background-color: white;" border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img style="width: 506px; height: 336px;" alt="Photo.DR&amp;AC" src="photo.DR%20and%20AC_15Kb.jpg"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <big><big><small></small></big></big> <div style="text-align: center;"><big><big>Artist and Author &nbsp;<br> Photograph: Chris French</big></big></div> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br><span lang="EN-GB"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span> <b style=""><span style="font-size: 16pt; color: red;" lang="EN-GB"></span></b>&nbsp; <br> <font color="#ff0000" size="6"><small><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a name="SALES"></a>SALES</span></big></small></font><br> <big style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(204, 0, 0); text-decoration: underline;"><big>MORE GOOD NEWS</big></big><br> <big><big><span style="font-weight: bold;">All four of the Luis Cabrillo novels (following the career of &nbsp;probably the best WW2 double agent and later con-man) are now available as eBooks from Amazon/Kindle. Here are the covers:</span></big></big><br> <br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eldorado-Network-ebook/dp/B007C4FW5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1330960260&amp;sr=8-1"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 104px; height: 138px;" src="DR_NewCvrELDORADO.jpg" alt=""></a> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Artillery-of-Lies-ebook/dp/B007C4FY30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1330960395&amp;sr=8-1"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 105px; height: 140px;" alt="Artillery" src="DR_NewCvrARTILLERY.jpg"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Rag-Blues-ebook/dp/B007C4FVWO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1330960456&amp;sr=8-2"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 103px; height: 138px;" alt="RedRag" src="DR_NewCvrREDRAG.jpg"></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Operation-Bamboozle-ebook/dp/B007C4FYR6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1330960478&amp;sr=1-1"><img style="border: 2px solid ; width: 103px; height: 139px;" alt="OpBam" src="DR_NewCvrOPBAM.jpg"></a>&nbsp; <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <big style="font-weight: bold;"><big>Click on a cover to go to the Amazon sales page</big></big><span style="font-weight: bold;">.</span><br> <br> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><big>The R.F.C. trilogy and the R.A.F. Quartet are also available as e-books.</big></big><br> <big><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"></span></big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <font color="#ff0000" size="6"><small><big><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></big> </small></font> <table style="font-weight: bold; width: 856px; height: 713px;" id="table1" bgcolor="#ffffcc" border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="330"> <table style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); width: 343px; font-weight: bold; height: 664px;" id="table5" border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="399"> <div> <div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: -14px; width: 400px;" align="center"><br> <font color="#ff0000" size="5">OPERATION BAMBOOZLE</font></p><div style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 144px; height: 221px;" src="OpBamCvrv4.jpg" border="0">&nbsp; </div><p style="margin-top: -11px;" align="center"><font size="5"> </font></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 'Operation Bamboozle' is a fastmoving black comedy about what happens when a high-stakes con artist takes on the Mob in Los Angeles.&nbsp; The result is a heady brew of disorganised crime, hot dollars, triple virgins and dead bodies in the begonias.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Luis Cabrillo is the con artist, Julie Conroy is his squeeze, and here's the opening sentence:&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <table id="table6" border="2" bordercolor="#cc3300" cellpadding="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td><font color="#660000"><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For a man who had been hauled out of Lake Michigan in 1949, headless, his legs and arms broken, and stabbed in the heart with a red ballpoint pen, Frankie Blanco was in pretty good shape in 1953. &nbsp;</i></font></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p align="center">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><a href="OPBAM_NOW_Review_May2010.rtf"><big style="text-decoration: underline;">Click to see the <span style="font-style: italic;">News of the World</span> Review</big></a><font color="#0000ff" size="5"> </font></p> <div style="text-align: left;"> </div> </div> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td valign="top" width="355"> <div> <div> <p align="left"><i><font size="2">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK</font></i></p> </div> <div> <font color="#ff0000">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <big><big><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif; font-weight: bold;">RED RAG BLUES</span></span></big></big></font><big><big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</big></big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </div> <p align="center"> <img src="RRBCvr.jpg" border="0" height="140" width="89"></p> <p align="center"> <i><font color="#ff0000">&nbsp; </font> <font color="#ff0000" size="4">He's a heel, bless him.</font></i>&nbsp; </p> </div> <div style="width: 430px;"> &nbsp;Luis Cabrillo rides again in this "dashing tale of Nazis and Mafiosi",&nbsp;as The Observer called it.&nbsp; </div> <div> In fact, Nazis and Mafiosi play second fiddle to the real dynamo in this story.&nbsp; It's 1953, and Senator Joe McCarthy's witchhunt for Reds under beds is scaring America witless. <p>Cue Luis Cabrillo, ex-double agent, now con artist supreme. Dollars flow, hotly pursued by bullets. Luis doesn't know it,&nbsp;but FBI, MI5, KGB and CIA have&nbsp;him firmly in their sights. Not to mention&nbsp;Stevie, the only three-times married virgin in New York City.&nbsp; This is a rich, fast and very black comedy. </p> </div> <br> <div> <font color="#ff0000"></font><br><p><big></big>(To read the full Observer review, <a href="http://www.derekrobinson.info/RRB_Review.htm">click here</a>.)&nbsp;</p> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br><br> <table style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); width: 745px; height: 326px; text-align: left;" border="4" cellpadding="12" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; height: 319px; width: 602px;"> <div style="text-align: justify; width: 746px;"><big><span style="color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <big>Copyright</big></span></big> </div> <font face="Tahoma" size="1"> </font><big><span style="font-family: Tahoma;"><font size="1"><big><strong></strong></big></font></span></big>MacLehose Press (an imprint of Quercus Books) owns the book rights to all my RFC and RAF novels.&nbsp; Sam Goldwyn Jr&nbsp; owns&nbsp;the screen rights to <em>Goshawk Squadron</em>. In 1988, LWT made a six-part television series of<em> Piece of Cake&nbsp;</em>and they own the rights to that production.&nbsp; I own the screen rights to any remake of <em>Piece of Cake</em>.&nbsp; I own the screen rights to all my other novels. Quercus Books owns the e-book rights to all my fiction backlist, available through Amazon/Kindle.<big><font face="Tahoma" size="1"><big>s </big></font> </big> &nbsp;<big><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);"><small><big>Derek Robinson</big></small></span></big> <p><big><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);"><small><big>Contact</big> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<big><big style="font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif;"> </big></big></small></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: italic; font-family: Times New Roman,Times,serif;"> <font size="2"><big>I welcome comments and views about my books, though as a working writer I can't guarantee to have sufficient time to&nbsp;answer everyone.</big></font></span><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);"><small><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> &nbsp;</span></small></span></big></p> <p><big><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);"><small><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <a href="mailto:delrobster@googlemail.com"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255);">Click here to send me an email.</span></a></span></small></span></big></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="MsoNormal" style="width: 777px; text-align: justify;"><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="#See_all_the_books" name="See_all_the_books"></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"> <big><span style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0);">Main publications </span>&nbsp; &nbsp; </big></span><big><strong style="color: rgb(51, 102, 255); font-weight: bold;">Click any group heading&nbsp;to see details.</strong></big> </p> <table style="height: 416px; font-weight: bold; width: 782px; text-align: left;" border="4" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="4"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; height: 131px; width: 315px;">&nbsp; <img style="width: 56px; height: 85px;" alt="" src="p2_02.jpg"> &nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 54px; height: 77px;" alt="" src="p2_03.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 52px; height: 78px;" alt="" src="p2_04.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 51px; height: 77px;" alt="ASLW_FrtCvr_small.jpg" src="ASLW_FrtCvr_small.jpg"><br> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="derekrobinsonpage2.html">The RFC Quartet (WW1)</a></div> </td> <td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; height: 131px; width: 447px;">&nbsp; <a href="http://maclehosepress.com/book/Piece-of-Cake-by-Derek-Robinson-ISBN_9780857050939"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 56px; height: 87px;" alt="pce cake" src="DR_NewCvrsPCECAKE.jpg"></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <big><big><img style="width: 59px; height: 88px;" alt="A Good Clean Fight" src="A%20GOOD%20CLEAN%20FIGHT_1_new.jpg"></big></big>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <big><big><img style="width: 57px; height: 89px;" alt="Damned Good Show_new" src="Damned%20Good%20Show_new.jpg"></big></big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://maclehosepress.com/book/Hullo-Russia-Goodbye-England-by-Derek-Robinson-ISBN_9780857050922"><img style="border: 0px solid ; width: 62px; height: 88px;" alt="hullo russia" src="DR_NewCvrsHULLORUSSIA_renamed_7349.jpg"></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 53px; height: 82px;" alt="" src="p3_05.jpg">&nbsp; <span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="derekrobinsonpage3.html">The RAF Quintet (WW2)</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height: 123px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; width: 315px;">&nbsp; <img style="width: 50px; height: 78px;" alt="" src="p4_02.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 50px; height: 79px;" alt="" src="p4_03.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 53px; height: 78px;" alt="" src="p4_04.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="OpBamCvrv4.jpg" border="0" height="76" width="50"><br> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="derekrobinsonpage4.html">The Double Agent Quartet</a></div> </td> <td style="height: 123px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; width: 447px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 59px; height: 89px;" alt="" src="p5_01.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 56px; height: 91px;" alt="" src="p5_02.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 61px; height: 92px;" alt="" src="p5_03.jpg"><br> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="derekrobinsonpage5.html">Other Novels</a></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; width: 315px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <big><span style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">New!</span></big><br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img style="width: 56px; height: 85px;" alt="" src="NewRugbyBkSml.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 61px; height: 90px;" alt="" src="p6_02.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 58px; height: 92px;" alt="LawsExplained.jpg" src="LawsExplained.jpg"><br> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="derekrobinsonpage6.html">Rugby Books</a></div> </td> <td style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204); vertical-align: top; width: 447px;"><br> &nbsp;<img style="width: 62px; height: 88px;" alt="" src="p7_01.jpg"> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <img style="width: 59px; height: 88px;" alt="" src="p7_02.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img style="width: 117px; height: 89px;" alt="" src="p7_03.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img style="width: 65px; height: 91px;" alt="PureBristleCvr" src="PureBristleCvrSmSz.jpg"><br> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="derekrobinsonpage7.html">Bristol Books</a></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table><br><big style="font-weight: bold;"><big style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0);">Availability of the books.</big> &nbsp;&nbsp;</big> <p class="MsoNormal" style="width: 474px; text-align: left;">T<small style="font-weight: bold;">his varies from title to title. MacLeHose will be taking over much of my back catalogue. In the meantime,&nbsp; High Street booksellers will be able to tell you the current position about</small> <small style="font-weight: bold;">any particular &nbsp;book, or you could try&nbsp;the following websites, which are useful for tracking down both&nbsp; new and second-hand copies.</small> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="width: 474px; text-align: justify;"></p><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/author/Derek_Robinson">Quercus Book</a>s &nbsp;</span><a style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/203-2360387-2883954?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&amp;field-keywords=derek+robinson">Amazon UK</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;"></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; </span><a style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/103-6667632-3835822?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&amp;field-keywords=derek+robinson&amp;Go.x=13&amp;Go.y=9">Amazon USA</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp; </span><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/derek-robinson/goshawk-squadron.htm"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); text-decoration: underline;">Fantastic Fiction</span></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p class="MsoNormal" style="width: 474px; text-align: justify;"> <small style="font-weight: bold;">Other websites you may find of interest</small><span style="font-weight: bold;">: </span> </p> <div style="text-align: left;"><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.erugbynews.com/article.php?sec=7&amp;a=857"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153);">eRugbyNews.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Robinson_%28novelist%29">Wikipedia</a><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0157239/usercomments"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 255); text-decoration: underline;">IMDB</span></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://jeremynortham.co.uk/2010/10/04/derek-robinson-on-piece-of-cake/"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(51, 51, 255);"></span></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http://jeremynortham.co.uk/2010/10/04/derek-robinson-on-piece-of-cake/">Jeremy Northam Blog</a> &nbsp;&nbsp; </span> </div> <br> <big style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0); font-weight: bold;"><big>Major books and original publication dates:</big></big><br> <br> <table style="width: 783px; height: 189px; text-align: left;" border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; background-color: white; width: 377px;"><big><big style="font-weight: bold;"><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1971&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Goshawk Squadron </small></small></big><small>1973 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Rotten with Honour</small> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1977 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Kramer's War</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1979 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Eldorado Network</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1983 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Piece of Cake</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1987 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; War Story</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1991 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Artillery of Lies </small></small></big><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1993 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Good Clean Fight</small></small></big></big></big><br> <big><small><small> </small></small></big></td> <td style="vertical-align: top; background-color: white; width: 386px;"><big><big style="font-weight: bold;"><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>1999 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hornet's Sting </small></small></big><small>2002 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Damned Good Show</small> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2002 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Blues</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2005 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Invasion 1940</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2005 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Red Rag Blues </small></small></big><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2008 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Hullo Russia, Goodbye England </small></small></big><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2009 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Operation Bamboozle</small></small></big> <big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><small>2013&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Splendid Little War</small></small></big></big></big><br style="font-weight: bold;"> <big><small><small> </small></small></big><big><small><small> </small></small></big></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> <a href="#top_of_page_1"><span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span><big style="font-weight: bold;"><small><big>Back to top of page</big></small></big></a><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="width: 474px; 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