Biggles and the Black Peril

This is a fine read, a really good story, set in 1934 in which we’re introduced to the character called Ginger, who’s a really imaginative thinker and notices things that Biggles, Smyth, and Algy don’t.

Biggles is forced down off the Norfolk coast by bad weather and as always, stumbles across something strange going on. He finds some equipment intended for military use by a foreign power (no not that one) and gets involved when he’s trapped inside a large bomber and taken on a journey to the Northumberland coast.

He escapes and meets up with pals before they fly off to continetal Europe where they encounter the mysterious Blackbeard who chases them back towards England.

On the negative side, I should say there are no female characters in this book, which dates the story and makes it less interesting. Biggles leads a charmed life and has plenty of luck, in a similar vein to James Bond. Some of the words used to describe people not from the UK are of the time and sound dated now.

On the positive side, although guns are in the story, there’s no glorification of violence and indeed one of the characters feels guilty about shooting at someone in self defence.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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