Silk Drop is the second book in Harvey Black’s Devils with Wings series. We re-join Paul and Max after their exploits in Poland and Belgium, basking in the glow of a job well done, they are in training for Operation Sealion. The invasion of Britain is to be their most ambitious jump yet. The failure of Gorings Luftwaffe to destroy the RAF puts their plans on hold but the German high command are not going to let the famous Fallschirmjager regiments sit idle.
Following the Italians disastrous invasion of Greece, Paul and Max are sent, with the rest of the Fallschirmjager to help bolster the Italians. After successfully parachuting into Greece, Paul and Max once again distinguish themselves in battle and are given a leading role in the largest airborne invasion yet, the Invasion of Crete.
As Paul and Max drop onto the hot and dusty island of Crete, a personal tragedy affects the judgement of Paul and strains his relationship with Max. Trusted with a key role but facing a determined and ferocious allied defence, Paul must draw on all of his experience and training to make sure his company survive the onslaught. Despite the tension, Paul and Max must work together if Crete is to be captured.
This book is a cracking read, the story is well paced and the author uses the dialogue to push the story along (a complaint from the last book). The author has developed the characters from book one so they are more rounded and you begin to really care if they live or die (no mean feat, considering they are the enemy!) The battle scenes are one of the authors strengths, fast paced, technical in their execution but never bogged down in too much detail, the author’s experience shining through. The author also captures the stress and strain of battle and the doubts that surface as Paul’s company starts to suffer casualties.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading book three, as the Fallschirmjager head to the hell of the Russian front.
Devils with Wings: Silk Drop is available in paperback and Kindle.
Devils with Wings: Frozen Sun will be released mid 2012.