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Until the Night

Until the Night is a novel of the Bombing War.

When in September 1943 Adam Chantrey, a 25-year old veteran of the bombing war is sent to Ansham Wolds to rebuild a shattered Lancaster squadron, Bomber Command’s greatest battle is only weeks away.

Exhausted and tormented by his own demons he discovers, amidst the chaos of war and loss, love and an unlikely inner peace up on the High Wold of Lincolnshire while all around him the world is enveloped in madness.

Bomber Command’s hour of greatest trial – the Battle of Berlin – is approaching and its long dark shadow hangs over the young men who ride the heavies of the Main Force to Germany in the knowledge that a tour of bomber operations is a death sentence for two out of every three men.

PLEASE BE AWARE – THIS IS THE COMPLETELY NEW (SECOND) EDITION OF A PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE SAME NAME.

This (SECOND) edition respects the characterisation and narrative of the first edition but has been re-edited and re-presented in a modified format designed to be more user friendly to Kindle and other e-book publishing platforms.

This edition is also available as the ‘Until the Night Series’ which breaks the book into five smaller unabridged sequential parts:, each of which is available as a separate book.

Book 1: Main Force Country – September 1943
Book 2: The Road to Berlin – October 1943
Book 3: The Big City – November 1943
Book 4: When Winter Comes – December 1943
Book 5: After Midnight – January 1944

All five books of the ‘Until the Night Series’ are available free to subscribers to Kindle Unlimited.

In the winter of 1943-44, few aircrew would have foreseen the shabbiness of the treatment they would receive from successive post-war governments. Not for them the luxury of strategic hand-wringing, not for them the Byzantine complexities of the Grand Alliance against the Axis, literally, for them their fate was simply to do or to die. For the men who flew Bomber Command’s heavies to Germany, the winter of 1943-44 was both their darkest, and their finest hour.

So, remember the 600,000 Germans (probably many more, we shall never know) killed in the bombing. Remember the 60,000 plus killed in Britain by the Luftwaffe and by Hitler’s V-weapons. Remember that between June 1940 and June 1944, Bomber Command was the only major British – and Dominion – offensive force continually carrying the war to the Nazis. Remember, remember, remember that the greatest evil of war is the dreadful things that one’s enemies make us do to prevail.

Until the Night – lest our leaders forget…

Ranks alongside Deighton’s ‘Bomber’ for accuracy of detail.

I have read a great many books about the Bomber War and the part played by RAF Bomber Command, most of them factual historical accounts of the campaign.
'Until the Night' is a noveI and none the less worse for it. James Philip has plainly studied his subject, and the amount of detail in the story is astonishing. Although it is not the case, one could almost believe that he writes from personal experience.
Personally I would say that it ranks alongside Len Deighton's fictional masterpiece, 'Bomber'.
5.0
2016-05-19T13:03:21+00:00
I have read a great many books about the Bomber War and the part played by RAF Bomber Command, most of them factual historical accounts of the campaign. 'Until the Night' is a noveI and none the less worse for it. James Philip has plainly studied his subject, and the amount of detail in the story is astonishing. Although it is not the case, one could almost believe that he writes from personal experience. Personally I would say that it ranks alongside Len Deighton's fictional masterpiece, 'Bomber'.

Until The Night

Great read about bomber squadron and life around ww2 Lancaster's. An accurate account of air service around Lincolnshire's 'Bomber country' and actions with a great understanding of life at the edge! A good balance of Raids and local live and relationships. An enjoyable read for any aviation enthusiast.
5.0
2016-01-21T09:24:40+00:00
Great read about bomber squadron and life around ww2 Lancaster's. An accurate account of air service around Lincolnshire's 'Bomber country' and actions with a great understanding of life at the edge! A good balance of Raids and local live and relationships. An enjoyable read for any aviation enthusiast.

Until The Night

This book is a great read, if you are a Lancaster fan. Although it is fiction it is based on historical facts with very human interests interwoven into it.
I was unable to put it down and spent too many hours late at night and early morning reading it when I should have been asleep.

Excellent from page 1 to the last.
5.0
2016-01-21T09:24:07+00:00
This book is a great read, if you are a Lancaster fan. Although it is fiction it is based on historical facts with very human interests interwoven into it. I was unable to put it down and spent too many hours late at night and early morning reading it when I should have been asleep. Excellent from page 1 to the last.

Until The Night

As someone with the utmost respect for Bomber Command, I loved this story.
5.0
2016-01-21T09:25:11+00:00
As someone with the utmost respect for Bomber Command, I loved this story.

A realistic and moving tale of the men of Bomber Command

This is a deeply impressive novel. There is no "war is hell" angst; there are no wacky characters doing improbable things; there are no dollops of modern political correctness; instead there is the story of ordinary men - men made extraordinary by their having being pitched into the most terrible and prolonged aerial campaign in history, and simply getting on with the job. The author succeeds brilliantly in depicting the thoughts and feelings of his cast of characters, both men and women, and throughout the narrative the research he has carried out shines through.
5.0
2016-05-19T13:01:39+00:00
This is a deeply impressive novel. There is no "war is hell" angst; there are no wacky characters doing improbable things; there are no dollops of modern political correctness; instead there is the story of ordinary men - men made extraordinary by their having being pitched into the most terrible and prolonged aerial campaign in history, and simply getting on with the job. The author succeeds brilliantly in depicting the thoughts and feelings of his cast of characters, both men and women, and throughout the narrative the research he has carried out shines through.
5.0
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Audio & Paperback editions available 26th May 2018

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