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The First Wave (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Slow Start but a Good Read

Unlike the first novel, this one starts a little slower. Of course this is partly due to Benn recounting events in the first novel and establishing background for those who did not read the first book. I was a good 60 pages into it wondering if this was going to be a my...
Unlike the first novel, this one starts a little slower. Of course this is partly due to Benn recounting events in the first novel and establishing background for those who did not read the first book. I was a good 60 pages into it wondering if this was going to be a mystery novel or an adventure story. In all honesty, either would have been fine with me because I really like the way Benn handles the characters and writing. But, the mystery does finally kick in and this one is a fairly straight forward whodunit. Though not the most difficult mystery to figure out, unlike the first one in my opinion, there is a lot of interesting WWII history at play here. Benn has a real knack for honing in on the lesser known aspects of WWII and making them come to life. There is a lot of history surrounding the Nurses Corp and the advent of penicillin in this one that is sure to keep you reading. If you liked the first novel, or are just a fan of WWII novels or mystery novels in general, this is a good read. Benn really does manage to write exciting stories even if the mystery aspect doesn't really take root till a third of the way into the book.

posted by Zenbot on March 28, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The First Wave is much like the first book in the series

Boston cop Billy Boyle, now an Army officer assigned to his uncle “Ike” Eisenhower, finds himself in the first wave of Allied troops ashore in French North Africa in 1942. He and his superior officer, Major Sam Harding, are to facilitate the pre-arranged surrender of Fr...
Boston cop Billy Boyle, now an Army officer assigned to his uncle “Ike” Eisenhower, finds himself in the first wave of Allied troops ashore in French North Africa in 1942. He and his superior officer, Major Sam Harding, are to facilitate the pre-arranged surrender of French troops. But nothing is as simple as when there are so many competing factions. While at an American hospital in the contested area, Billy investigates the murder of a supply sergeant and what looks like the theft of drugs, including that new wonder drug penicillin. Then there’s a second murder at the hospital. What’s going on? While he investigates what he’s been ordered to investigate, he also needs to find and rescue his lady love Diana Seaton, who’s a British spy. She and a group of student activists has been taken hostage and are being held near a military supply depot. Billy Boyle is a great character, supported by Harding and “Kaz,” a Polish baron who’s not well enough physically to be a soldier, but whose many skills are a great help to the Allied cause. The First Wave is much like the first book in the series, Billy Boyle, and I have a feeling that future books will follow much the same formula. That formula winds up with Billy and Kaz all but disregarding the rules and their orders, getting themselves in big trouble and, with a swashbuckling swagger, defeating Allied enemies. In both books, Billy and Kaz have taken physical punishment that would stagger lesser men and gone on within minutes to fully recover. Although I enjoyed books one and two in this series, I will take a vacation from them for awhile.

posted by NewsieQ on August 29, 2014

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    The First Wave is much like the first book in the series

    Boston cop Billy Boyle, now an Army officer assigned to his uncle “Ike” Eisenhower, finds himself in the first wave of Allied troops ashore in French North Africa in 1942. He and his superior officer, Major Sam Harding, are to facilitate the pre-arranged surrender of French troops. But nothing is as simple as when there are so many competing factions. While at an American hospital in the contested area, Billy investigates the murder of a supply sergeant and what looks like the theft of drugs, including that new wonder drug penicillin. Then there’s a second murder at the hospital. What’s going on? While he investigates what he’s been ordered to investigate, he also needs to find and rescue his lady love Diana Seaton, who’s a British spy. She and a group of student activists has been taken hostage and are being held near a military supply depot. Billy Boyle is a great character, supported by Harding and “Kaz,” a Polish baron who’s not well enough physically to be a soldier, but whose many skills are a great help to the Allied cause. The First Wave is much like the first book in the series, Billy Boyle, and I have a feeling that future books will follow much the same formula. That formula winds up with Billy and Kaz all but disregarding the rules and their orders, getting themselves in big trouble and, with a swashbuckling swagger, defeating Allied enemies. In both books, Billy and Kaz have taken physical punishment that would stagger lesser men and gone on within minutes to fully recover. Although I enjoyed books one and two in this series, I will take a vacation from them for awhile.

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