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About Simon Brading
Simon Brading earned a living in quite a few ways over the years, doing things like ballet dancing, acting, modelling and voice work before finally settling on writing. He still does some acting every so often, but spends most of his days sitting at his laptop.
A Londoner most of his life, he moved to Barcelona a good few years ago now in search of a life that was less focussed on work.
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Isolated, outnumbered and desperately short on supplies, the Misfits are nonetheless ordered to hold the islands at all cost.
Just how high will that cost be, though?
Will Kitty be taken prisoner by the Prussians after having been left behind on Malta?
Why is Tanya so good at everything?
The answer to these questions and more in this compilation of short stories, which forms the sixth part of the Misfit Squadron series.
David Flin edits a collection of counterfactuals certainly worthy of a chuckle or two, including tales of the absurd; carefully-crafted puns; farce; and many aspects of humour. Vikings and Macedonians and Soviets and the Wild West are here, as well as – for reasons that baffle him – a large helping of cats.
With his job in Muscovy almost done, all Aviator Lieutenant Drake wants to do is go home to good old England, taking the love of his life, Gwen Stone, a pilot of Misfit Squadron, with him.
Unfortunately there are several things preventing that, including a glory-hungry Muscovite flight leader, the small matter of the Crimson Barons, and the trivial question of whether she actually feels the same way about him...
With the weather in the Arctic Circle rendering flying and fighting impossible, the Misfits leave Muscovy and head home, looking forward to a quiet Midwinter. The Prussians, however, have other ideas.
Unwilling to let another friendly power be swallowed by the tide of tyranny that has swept its way mercilessly across Europe, King George VI sends aid in the form of his most effective weapon - Misfit Squadron.
Aviator Sergeant Gwen Stone is one of those women, but almost as soon as she begins her fight against the Prussian air force, Die Fliegertruppe, she is stripped of her wings and imprisoned in disgrace for illegally modifying her aircraft.
As the battle over the skies of Britain progresses and it looks like the Prussians are going to be as dominant in the air as they were on the fields of the continent, the hopes of the beleaguered nation come to rest firmly on the shoulders of Misfit Squadron, an elite group of pilots who don’t always pay strict attention to military discipline, and Gwen is given a chance to redeem herself by joining them.
For a while everything is fine and they progress with their studies, but then, when they turn 11, everything changes.
Their parents are killed in a traffic accident and their lives are turned upside down. They have to leave their home in London and move to Barcelona with their Aunt Kimberley, who has become their guardian.
From then on it is a constant struggle for them to continue to work towards realising their dream, their ambition, of being professional ballet dancers.
This is the first book of the Twin Ambitions series.
Book 2 in the five part "Displacers" series.
Book 1 of the five part “Displacers” series.
The final book of the five part “Displacers” series.