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Last seen lying shot and bleeding surrounded by the enemy Even if he were captured alive he would have been shot as a spy It seems hopeless but Algy Ginger and B B24I really like this Biggles book It is one of the few where Biggles didn t play the main roleIt is eually shared between Algy Ginger and BertieWas it of the modest attempt to include some romance PerhapsWhat surprised me was the outspoken voice of the Monegasks against the French and Sicilian against Italian and a common dislike against fascist regime

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'It is my opinion that Biggles is dead' asserted the Air Commodore'I had already sensed that Sir but I don't believe it' retorted AlgyBiggles is missing He was A good old fashioned commando raid19 July 2015 Sadly this is going to be one of the last Biggles books that I read for a while namely because I have finished reading all of the ones that I borrowed off of my Dad and the rest of them happen to be 700kms away in his study Maybe I ll grab some the next time I am over there but considering the number of books that are on my shelfI don t think I am going to be scrounging for reading material any time soon though spacing some of the really heavy reads with a couple of adventure novels is always a good thing Anyway this one was pretty awesome and in fact Biggles doesn t even appear until the end even though he is still the major character in the book This is one of those stories where the main character literally dominates the text yet doesn t even make an appearance or if he does then it is near the end The reason I say that is because Biggles goes off to do something and doesn t come back and after pestering their senior officer Algy Ginger and Bertie learn that Biggles went off to do some commando work and apparently got captured or at least that is what they believe because the enemy isn t bragging about it This book has everything that you would want in an actionspy thriller It is set in an exotic location Monaco and has lots of spy stuff such as dead letter drops secret societies and our heroes skulking around in the dark trying to gather clues to find out what had happened to their friend Mind you I sometimes wonder about the British army because it sounds as if they were ready to give up on Biggles and it was only because his friends pushed their CO into letting them attempt to rescue him that he ended up getting saved I have also noticed that this book was written during World War II though I suspect that the collection that I read The Biggles Omnibus was compiled afterwards because Johns has a little blurb where he talks about how there were commando operations such as when Mussolini was rescued by the Germans after being captured by Italian revolutionaries that would make you never want to watch a spy thrillers or adventure movies again simply because the truth is actually much exciting than fiction I also noticed that the book contained a map of Monaco though these days with Google Maps one probably doesn t need one Anyway here is a map that I found on the internet It is also funny reading about places that you have actually visited Okay the closest that I got to Monaco was the railway station namely because we had been travelling by train from Florence and needed to get to Nice before dark and it was getting late I had planned on getting off the train but then there was only so many stops that I was able to do Having spent an hour in Pisa I simply didn t have time to also visit Monaco even though I did want to check out the famous casino Mind you you don t actually get to see much of Monaco from the train because the entire journey is underground and you only get a couple of glimpses when the train comes out of the tunnel When Johns mentions that the region around Monaco is incredibly hilly he is not kidding The other funny thing was how Johns talked about the Italians going for a swim in the harbour which is something else that I saw when I was over there Being from Australia when we want to go for a swim we generally go down to the beach there tends to be plenty of beach to go around However in places like Naples and Monaco where there isn t any beach people simply jump into the harbour for a swim In a way I reckon that would be much better especially since you have deep water and can actually swim as opposed to wading out until the water is deep enough so that would can stop paddling and start swimming properly In fact when I was in Naples I was having a really really hard to trying to find a decent beach in which I could have a swim it was stinking hot when I was there and I really wasn t all that keen to go for a swim in the harbour besides which there was nowhere to change Anyway I have to finish off but this is a rip roaring great story though there are a few times when Johns uses certain terms to describe the Italians which I thought was a little uncalled for though since these words were coming out of the mouths of the heroes then it is somewhat understandable Oh I should also mention that there is a bit of a romance in this story as well but then again what would a spy story be without a bit of romance

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Ertie aren't going to start mourning their friend without being absolutely sure They intend to parachute into enemy territory to discover the truth for themselve It is 1942 and Biggles has vanished on a secret mission in Monaco Algy Ginger and Bertie set off to look for him but without the boss to keep them in line they soon go off the rails strumming guitars swilling wine and dallying believe it or not with women Ginger falls in love with a girl who gives him shelter Algy stalks a woman in a blue shawl for absolutely miles Bertie reveals unsuspected musical abilities as well as an entirely believable familiarity with pre war Monegasue society All seems lost but then Biggles appears reminds them of what they ve been missing by doing some ace flying in his underpants all wet and hunky and they return to England firm friends again Really really firm friendsOh all right The four stars are contextual of course but this really is one of the best Biggles books There are the usual implausible coincidences impossibly lucky escapes and a positive Olympus of deorum ex machina but it also contains affectionate and knowledgeable descriptions of Monaco and the surrounding Alpes Maritimes Johns was always at his best as a writer when describing scenery particularly desolate places and yes there are actually women participating in the story as characters The French setting seems to have obliged Biggles and crew to deviate from their usual Kipling at Sunday School code of conduct I loved the Biggles books as a small boy and wanted to see how they held up when read as an adult Mostly they don t but I actually enjoyed this one than I did as a child


About the Author: W.E. Johns

Invariably known as Captain WE Johns William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo Hertfordshire England He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns a tailor and Elizabeth Johns née Earl the daughter of a master butcher He had a younger brother Russell Ernest Johns who was born on October He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack sh.



10 thoughts on “Biggles Fails to Return

  1. says:

    A good old fashioned commando raid19 July 2015 Sadly this is going to be one of the last Biggles books that I read for a while namely because I have finished reading all of the ones that I borrowed off of my Dad and the rest of them happen to

  2. says:

    Back to boyhood for a bit of Biggles and the books are just as exciting today as they were thenBy the very title of this one the read

  3. says:

    A true adventure classics with scary edge of your seat kind of scenes It is slightly different from other Biggles books I've readI felt like it involved different people than the usual pilots and the tad hint of

  4. says:

    This has become a new favourite Biggles story and Biggles hardly appears in it at allThis WWII adventure opens with Algy receiving a

  5. says:

    B24I really like this Biggles book It is one of the few where Biggles didn't play the main roleIt is eually shared between Algy Ginger and BertieWas it of the modest attempt to include some romance PerhapsWhat surprised me was the outspoken voice of the Monegasks against the French and Sicilian against Italian and a common dislike against fascist regime

  6. says:

    An exellent story and mystery which I enjoy because it allows the other characters to shine However it has little of the glorious Biggles air fighting and piloting of old and the story takes place on the ground than in the air

  7. says:

    it's a reread project

  8. says:

    Great

  9. says:

    It is 1942 and Biggles has vanished on a secret mission in Monaco Algy Ginger and Bertie set off to look for him but without the boss to keep them in line they soon go off the rails strumming guitars swilling wine and dallying believe it or not with women Ginger falls in love with a girl who gives him shelter Algy stalks a woman in a blue sha

  10. says:

    Biggles Fails to ReturnBy WE JohnsThis book is about the imfamous Biggles accepting a mission to do privately and then failing to returnuestion 1 What was the most exciting part and whyThe most exciting part in my opinion is when the allies

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