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From the shooting down the private plane of Admiral Yamamoto, the master-planner of Pearl Harbor attack, to viewing performances of the Swan Lake in Melbourne, Australia, to attending high level meetings with Generals MacArthur and Kenney, the reader is swept back to 1942-43. Emotions, loves and passions soar high over the azure waters of the Solomon Sea and in the Grand Opera House with the performances of Antoinette de la Fevbre.
The men and women of the Fifth Air Force lived these campaigns, loved under the Southern Cross and died in the blue waters of the Coral Sea. This dynamic epic saga explicitly comes alive through the pages of this novel
Posted December 4, 2004
If Tom Clancey or James A. Michener had put their names to 'Stars of the Southern Cross', this novel would have been an instant best seller. A. Robert Hill has created a literry masterpiece in his story about Collin Farley and the Fifth Army Air Force fighting in the South Pacific during World War II. The story has all the qualities that great novels possess. 1. PLOT. Hill has created a plot that produces a page-turner, a cliffhanger, and a book that is hard to put down until the last word is read. Each detail about the men who flew the airplanes against the Rising Sun is so real the reader can see and feel the searing action. 2. CHARACTERIZATION. Hill's men and women come to life with a dynamic 3D effect. From the pilots who defy death as they streak across a hostile sky to the ground crew who keep ;the fllyers flying, each character comes to life as a skilled author breathes life into each one of them. And, the ballerina with a French name that the top ace falls in love with is straight out of a sparkling fairy tale done by a master. Hill is quick to let the reader know that the Stars of the Southern Cross are the characters from the United States who grew up in places where other Americans of that time came to maturity. 3. BELIEVEABLE CHARACTERS AND SETTINGS. A master writer who lived and fought where his characters lived, fought, and died carefully etches each detail in this book. The emotions expressed by men fllying during deadly combat under the same Southern Cross depicted in this thrilling novel that was written of a time when the freedom of the world stodd in the balance. A MAGNIFICANT EPIC!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2004
No matter how many novels you have read on World War II, this one will give new insights into the daily lives of the Army Air Force in the South Pacific. Robert Hill takes us into the cockpits during bombing raids, into ambulances on the airstrips, into a bar at Port Moresby and at Guadalcanal, and the Melbournes Opera House, in Australia. We discover gold and perals in a secret compartment in the hold of a coast watcher's sloop and crash-land among primitive islanders. Technical flying descriptions of missions are as faultless as are the magnificent sights from nine thousand feet. In the fast-paced dialogue we follow turning points of the war and of a poignant love affair. We are there with General MacArthur in the Operations Office and with Antoinette as she preforms 'Swan Lake', unaware of the fate of her favorite pilot, who is torn between love and duty. For an entirely belieable fresh experience of the Allied encounter with the Japanese Zeros in 1942-43, 'Stars of the Southern Cross' certainly belongs on the top of your list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.