• Phoenix Squadron

  • HMS Ark Royal, Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission
  • By: Rowland White
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroopers. Britain's response must be immediate and decisive. But there is only one deterrent the government can offer: HMS Ark Royal, once the navy's most powerful warship, now a white elephant on the verge of being scrapped.

To save the small colony, she must launch a pair of Buccaneer fighter bombers on an unprecedented long-range mission. But first the old carrier must make a high-speed 1,500-mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico. The odds of arriving in time are very slim indeed....

Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and previously unseen classified documents, Rowland White has pieced together one of the most audacious and thrilling missions of post-war British military history.

©2009 Rowland White (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • Shakin' Stevens
  • 06-09-22

Back to the future

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the actual story, as well as the build up and context. It’s just the book seems to lurch backwards in time at inopportune moment. You are in a particular theatre and time frame, enjoying the action, then you switch back to some training or admin. If this book was reordered it would be 5 stars.

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  • Philip
  • 06-05-22

Brilliant

I always enjoy the books by Roland White and this is another wonderful evocative and fascinating glimpse of a little known event. Thanks you, I look forward to even more books please!

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  • JohnC
  • 05-21-22

I very much enjoy Rowland White’s writing but…

Unfortunately this superb book was marred by regularly stopping and failing to restart until it had been deleted and re-downloaded
It is for this reason ONLY that I will return this book and possibly re-purchase in the future