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1942, North Africa.

When Charles Stockdale came down from Oxford in 1932 with a degree in Oriental Languages, he had not planned to find himself, nine years later, as a major commanding the Rover Strike and Reconnaissance Squadron.

With Stockdale in the lead, the Blenheims and Hurricanes of Desert Air Force, and the Rover Strike and Reconnaissance Squadron in their desert vehicles, ceaselessly attack Germany's Afrika Korps deep behind their lines.

Together they find and destroy a German fortress hidden in a remote desert wadi, which changes the course of the campaign.

In the struggle, Stockdale's Lieutenant Glashan bales out of his plane and finds himself amongst the enemy.

There he meets Odile von Choltit, a beautiful French widow, trapped there between the opposing forces.

She is passed from the arms of a flying officer through those of various senior officers to become a royal mistress.

Stockdale's men set out to attack the camp and find Glashan whilst enlisting the help of the Libyans and Odile.

But in the process, the innocent Arabs and Odile get caught up in the war, slaughtered at any opportunity and under constant suspicion...

Can Stockdale keep his men alive and save Odile from her captors?

And can he win behind enemy lines to take over the camp?

'The Desert Falcons' is an action-packed military thriller set against the desert backdrop of World War Two.


'A thrilling page turner.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'Trade Off'.

Richard Townsend Bickers volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of the second world war and served, with a Permanent Commission, for eighteen years. He wrote a range of military fiction and non-fiction books, including 'Torpedo Attack', 'My Enemy Came Nigh', 'Bombing Run' and 'Summer of No Surrender'.


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Hardback Editions

September 1978 : UK Hardback

Title: Desert Falcons
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
ISBN: 0-7091-6931-0 / 978-0-7091-6931-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Desert Falcons
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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