Thats Me in the Middle (The Bandy Papers, #2) By Donald Jack

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    Second in a tongue in cheek WWI series. Mild but funny. Donald Jack Another enjoyable ramble through the adventures of Major Bandy. There were some rib-tickingly funny moments such as Bandy's father in law setting fire to a chair leg and an aborted wedding night caused by an injury to a sensitive part of the groom's anatomy (not what you might think it sounds like).

    I felt this volume however to be a little flatter than its predecessor, there weren't as many funny or action filled moments in this one for me personally. Donald Jack I find the bantering getting a little monotonous. I think I'm finished with series. Donald Jack Ripping. Donald Jack Hilarious. Donald Jack

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    Bartholomew Bandy has become an air ace. On the ground he causes disasters wherever he goes, but in the air he’s deadly, shooting down dozens of German planes in the course of thrilling aerial combats. To the amazement of all who know him he becomes Lieut. Col. Bandy and thanks to his new rank he meets all sorts of people, including his fiancee’s memorable family. As a handy (but disposable) war hero, he encounters a number of hair-raising adventures, not to mention English plumbing and an unforgettable honeymoon night. That’s Me In The Middle is exciting, full of military action in the trenches and in the air, and, as it continues to flirt with history, very funny. Thats Me in the Middle (The Bandy Papers, #2)

    A really fun read, Bandy is now in full bloom as a character and the fun, and seriousness mix wonderfully. At times approaches the best farce, and quite incredible the interweaving of fact and fiction. Donald Jack Enjoyed this more than the first one. Very funny in places but with an underlying sense of the stupidity of the war, especially the 'brass hats' who seem to have no common sense! Jack's prose is marvelous, and the flying scenes are very well described-giving an idea of what it must have been like to go up in aircraft made from little more than wood and wires.
    I'm reading the third installment now and I have to say, they just seem to get better. Can't wait to find out what Bandy gets up to next! Donald Jack I am enjoying the Bandy Papers series. Like the first volume, I found That's Me In The Middle a bit variable but never less than enjoyable and exceptionally good in places.

    Bandy spends the first half of the book as Top Brass in London, giving Jack an opportunity for some well aimed potshots at official incompetence and infighting, treacherous politicians and so on. There is also the usual smattering of pure farce and Bandy's endearingly hopeless social and romantic escapades. This part is well written and amusing but nothing that special, I think. It's very Wodehousian, with some episodes very reminiscent of Sir Roderick Spode and Edwin the Boy Scout, but it didn't really engage me.

    As before, it is when Bandy returns to the fighting, with Jack's brilliant balance of humour and the terror of war, that the book really excels. He manages to make the narrative both funny and exciting, and captures both the chaotic nature of the combat and its genuine horror. It reminded me a little in tone of the excellent TV drama The Wipers Times and these passages, making up most of the second half of the book, had me completely riveted.

    Parts of this are quite outstanding - and if you have more of a taste for farce than I do, you will enjoy all of it very much. I will certainly be reading Volume Three (It's Me Again), and I can recommend this one.

    (I received an ARC via Netgalley.) Donald Jack Oddly, Bandy is at his best when he is at the front, running down officers, stealing cars, and generally causing mayhem for the brass and Germans alike. A large part of this book was set at general headquarters, which was somewhat less interesting. Still would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Donald Jack I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, the estate of Donald Jack and Farrago, Prelude Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. This book was originally published in 1973 by Doubleday.

    The second of a series titled The Bandy Papers, this book is completely stand alone. I loved the insights into protocol involving flight training in WWI England, and I particularly loved Bart Bandy and his lady love, Katherine Lewis. I enjoyed the way they both loosened up and found humor and compassion as their relationship grew. But especially I consumed the planes - the making of, the flying of, the repairing of the precursors of modern military flight. This humorous telling of early days of WWI in England and France is an excellent lesson on finding a bright cloud in a stormy sky.

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