Skilled Royal Air Force bomber pilot Sam Lambert is exhausted, and his veteran crewmen have just been replaced by an inexperienced new team. Victor von Löwenherz, a German night fighter pilot who intercepts RAF bombers in his Junkers Ju 88, looks on with horror at the Nazi regime. And Hansl, a German boy in the small market town of Altgarten, sleeps at home. Lambert and his crew prepare for a bombing raid on the Ruhr area. It’s a night that many will never forget.
Bomber is a masterful, gripping, minute-by-minute account of what occurs over the next twenty-four hours. Told through the eyes of protagonists on all sides and astonishingly precise in its depictions of planes, weapons, and behind-the-scenes war strategy, this is Len Deighton at his best. An unforgettable portrait of war, both in the air and on the ground.
Praise for Bomber:
“Deighton’s debut radically revamped the modern spy novel. . . The rest of us will regard [Len Deighton’s thrillers] as carefully crafted literary fiction — intelligent books packed with grit, wit, sharp dialogue, and well-drawn characters, books that explore geopolitical tensions, class division, and the human capacity for secrecy and subterfuge while maintaining high levels of intrigue and suspense.”—Malcolm Forbes, The Washington Examiner