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(Terror of the Autumn Skies: The True Story of Frank Luke, America's Rogue Ace of World War I) By Pardoe, Blaine Lee (Author) Paperback on (07 , 2011) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Juli 2011

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An exciting and revealing account of the great "Balloon Buster" 15. Juli 2008
Von Kevin R. Rivenburg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a wonderful read. Mr. Pardoe does a great job providing the reader a glimpse into the entire life of Frank Luke. Not only does he do a masterful job of describing the battles fought by Frank Luke in the Great War, but he also provides an insight into his life and the people who he knew and held dear. Mr. Pardoe shows how the events of Frank Luke's life and the people in it helped to make him the man that he was.

The new information regarding Frank's fiance was fascinating as well. It showed a different dimension to the "ungallant loner". I also enjoyed the way that Mr. Pardoe presented and explained the background for the many myths and legends surrounding Frank Luke. I felt that he did a good job presenting the facts and leaving it up to the reader to decide what he/she believes.

All in all I feel that this is a great read for anyone, whether you enjoy military history or not. Probably more so if you do.
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Best Frank Luke Biography Yet! 14. November 2008
Von Michael OConnor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Though the WWI exploits of the 'Arizona Balloon Buster' have been covered in other biographies, TERROR OF THE AUTUMN SKIES is in a class by itself. Blaine Pardoe's book may, in fact, be THE definitive Frank Luke biography.

The exploits of few aces have been so mythologized as Luke's, especially those acomplished during his last mission. Using a wealth of research materials, Pardoe recreates Luke's early life and military career in an exemplary, easy-flowing fashion. (The book's bibliography is 20 pages long). Where information is lacking on various incidents, Pardoe has no qualms in stating his sequence of events is what probably happened!

Likewise he does an excellent job in bringing to life the headstrong, Medal of Honor-winning ace, his squadronmates,group and squadron commanders and so on. Using a wealth of first-person anecdotes, combat reports and other materials, Pardoe produces living, breathing human beings rather than stereotypes. And, along the way, he lays to rest various myths and distortions that have cropped up over the years regarding America's #2 WWI ace.

All in all, TERROR OF THE AUTUMN SKIES is an example of aviation research and aviation history at its best. Well-researched and well-written with a nice selection of photographs, Pardoe's book should be welcomed by all WWI aviation buffs. Unless something better comes along, it's in the running to be the definitive account of the Arizona Balloon Buster. It's just a shame it took 90 years for the truth to come out! Highly recommended.
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Very enjoyable read! 3. September 2008
Von K. Grana - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very enjoyable read. Anyone with an interest in the history of US aviation or military aviation will appreciate the attention to detail in this book. Mr. Pardoe obviously did a tremendous amount of work to ensure that Frank Luke is portrayed as not only an incredible WWI Flying Ace, but also as a human being with the usual foibles, drama and faults we all have. His interest and commitment to Frank Luke's story is apparent in each chapter as he describes the events of his life from his promising start in Phoenix, to his tragic end in Europe. Mr. Pardoe paints a picture of how brave and - quite frankly - crazy these Aces were by carefully describing what it must have been like in a dog fight, with little more than stiffened fabric as feeble protection. I appreciated how Mr. Pardoe focused not only the events surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Luke's death, but also the richness and depth of his short life. He brings the reader along for the ride with the extreme joy of the wonder of flight, and the sacrifices everyday heros must sometimes make.
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Excellent book - THE Frank Luke biography 13. Februar 2009
Von Lance M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been reading about WWI aviation for about 15 years and this is one of the best. I'd read the fictionalized books about Luke and remember telling a friend many years ago that someday an honest book about Luke would come out but it didn't exist. At least until this one.

Probably the best part was Pardoe realistically describing his relationship with Joe Wehner. Very touching and Mr. Wehner finally gets his due. It's clear that Joe Wehner wouldn't want too much attention but it would be great for him to get his own biography.

I appreciated the parts about his fiancee. I'd never known about that
and it put his life in perspective. And, from those parts of the book, it's clear he didn't have a death wish as many authors have written. It seems that in the innocence of youth he felt invincible but with the death of Joe Wehner where he seemed to have experienced mortality, his mortality for the first time.

Well written, very well researched and a must have for anyone interested in Luke, WWI and aviation combat.
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Some New Information but Needs Editing 8. Juli 2008
Von Dr. Watson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Blaine Pardoe does a credible job telling the story of WW I Ace, Frank Luke, Jr. New information about his fiancé is interesting, but he spends too much time trying to refute other writer's claims about this Ace from Arizona's ultimate demise.

The book moved along at a novel-like pace, but if it goes to a re-print, needs more careful editing. I found so many sentences with structure problems; enough to give an English teacher heartburn. Subject-predicate and pronoun problems abound. This detracted from a great story.

I also disagree with his underlying assumption that Luke didn't have PTSD, which was so apparent with other Aces at the front, including Luke. Pardoe mentions some of Luke's personal problems, while glossing over others.

I also found his attempt to lower Luke's number of "kills," even with data to the contrary. Let's face it, Luke doesn't need to have his reputation rehabilitated like that of Billy Bishop, the controversial Canadian Ace who's "kill" record is more than he's entitled to. Bishop was a known liar, who inflated his "kill rate" and his morals and ethics are still hotly defended/debated to this day.

The Pardoe book is a great read, but needs some serious editing.
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