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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:War & Military
  • Language:English
  • Pages:612
  • eBook ISBN:9781620952481

Falklands 2

Argentina's Back And This Time It's Different

by Jim Thorn

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Overview
Argentina's Back And This Time It's DifferentFact is said to be stranger than fiction and well may be the case if the highly readable contents of this first effort techothriller by Australian Aviation’s founder and (then) Managing Editor hold true. What is fact is that the present government of Argentina has in place a publicly stated edict to reclaim the long disputed Falkland Islands. Also fact is that it is now common knowledge that in the region there exists oil and gas reserves potentially equivalent to that of the North Sea. Also fact is that over recent years the UK has been fairly content to relegate these distant islands to the backburner in military preparedness terms compared with the threat that they could well ultimately face. Even the majority of men and women in uniform nowadays were merely youngsters when the 1982 battle for the Falklands took the world by surprise. To most Britons nowadays it is merely a moment of history. You put all this together with a reinvigorated, rearmed Argentina that is capable and able to apply the lessons of the disastrous ’82 campaign to a second attempt and, well, the outcome could be entirely different. And this is the scenario for Falklands 2 which is appropriately subtitled - Argentina’s back, and this time it’s different. And that you had better believe! The rest of course is fiction though the careful use of the latest high tech systems and the utilisation of the SAS, the RNs nuclear hunter killer submarines and the various aircraft themselves tend to make the reader feel that they are witnessing something that in effect is a treatise of the stark reality of modern warfare in the dying days of the twentieth century. Certainly a good read for those who enjoy a well researched technothriller that encompasses the most fascinating aspects of the three services and doesn’t always have the heroes winning. Falklands 2 comes complete with a plethora of maps and is timely considering the situation as it exists today. Readers and fans of technothrillers could well find it a pleasant change from the endless train of ‘us’ versus Chinese renegades and demented villains of the Middle East. Falklands 2 was originally produced as a paperback of 612 pages in 1997 and is now available in ebook form.
Description
Argentina's Back And This Time It's DifferentFact is said to be stranger than fiction and well may be the case if the highly readable contents of this first effort techothriller by Australian Aviation’s founder and (then) Managing Editor hold true. What is fact is that the present government of Argentina has in place a publicly stated edict to reclaim the long disputed Falkland Islands. Also fact is that it is now common knowledge that in the region there exists oil and gas reserves potentially equivalent to that of the North Sea. Also fact is that over recent years the UK has been fairly content to relegate these distant islands to the backburner in military preparedness terms compared with the threat that they could well ultimately face. Even the majority of men and women in uniform nowadays were merely youngsters when the 1982 battle for the Falklands took the world by surprise. To most Britons nowadays it is merely a moment of history. You put all this together with a reinvigorated, rearmed Argentina that is capable and able to apply the lessons of the disastrous ’82 campaign to a second attempt and, well, the outcome could be entirely different. And this is the scenario for Falklands 2 which is appropriately subtitled - Argentina’s back, and this time it’s different. And that you had better believe! The rest of course is fiction though the careful use of the latest high tech systems and the utilisation of the SAS, the RNs nuclear hunter killer submarines and the various aircraft themselves tend to make the reader feel that they are witnessing something that in effect is a treatise of the stark reality of modern warfare in the dying days of the twentieth century. Certainly a good read for those who enjoy a well researched technothriller that encompasses the most fascinating aspects of the three services and doesn’t always have the heroes winning. Falklands 2 comes complete with a plethora of maps and is timely considering the situation as it exists today. Readers and fans of technothrillers could well find it a pleasant change from the endless train of ‘us’ versus Chinese renegades and demented villains of the Middle East. Falklands 2 was originally produced as a paperback of 612 pages in 1997 and is now available in ebook form.
About the author
About the Author Born in 1948, Jim Thorn left school in his fifteenth year to pursue a career with Qantas Airways as a trainee ground engineer. Tyranny of distance though ultimately won out and he left to join the publishing industry where he gained real world skills in the areas of journalism, marketing, advertising and ultimately business management. Launching Australian Aviation in 1977 on a shoestring, the now monthly magazine quickly became the largest selling aviation journal in the southern hemisphere and still prospers as the region’s premier aerospace print and electronic medium. In 1996 Jim won the prestigious London based Royal Aeronautical Society’s literary award for the best air transport feature of that year. He followed that up in 2001 with another RAS award for the best defence submission and in 2005 won a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to aviation journalism in Australia and New Zealand from the National Aviation Press Club. As well as writing hundreds of major features over a career spanning four decades he also wrote his first novel, Falklands 2 in 1997, a second, Mustang Summer the following year and Alive & Well in 1999 and Off Target in 2011. When not writing Jim’s major interests are reading, walking, downhill and cross country skiing and (non lycra) cycling. Jim’s passion for aviation dates back to his childhood and since then he has had the pleasure of flying in more than 130 different aircraft types ranging from gliders to supersonic fighters. Jim has a daughter, Natalie, and shares his life with Maureen, his best friend and partner and they call New Zealand’s Christchurch and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast home.
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