Phoenix Squadron

  • Author Rowland White
  • Narrator Roy McMillan
  • Publisher Transworld
  • Run Time 11 hours and 14 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Naval forces and warfare.

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What to expect

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January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. 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.

© Rowland White 2009 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Aircraft carriers, jet fighters and a crisis on the other side of the world. Who could ask for more? It takes an obscure corner of British military history and weaves a story as gripping as any Tom Clancy thriller. It’s completely riveting

    Jeremy Clarkson
  • From the cockpit of a fighter jet to the violently pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night, Rowland White combines pulse-pounding tension with riveting detail. If only all military history was written like this…

    Andy McNab
  • [A] page-turning thriller of a book… White’s obvious passion infuses every page and is highly infectious, while the level of detail should send any budding Tom Clancy rushing to the bookshops

    Daily Telegraph
  • Reads like a Patrick Robinson or Tom Clancy novel…This is a cracking read

    Navy News
  • A gutsy, you-are-there true story that throbs with the sound and fury of carrier operations. Military history as it ought to be told

    Robert Gant

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