Editorial Reviews. About the Author. CAPTAIN W. E. JOHNS was born in Hertfordshire in Biggles: The Camels Are Coming – Kindle edition by W. E. Johns. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The Camels are Coming was first published in August by John Hamilton. It was the first ever Biggles book, although not the first book to be published by. THE CAMELS ARE COMING. Book First Published on 7th September – pages. The first three editions had pages and cost 7 shillings and 6 pence.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books camls want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Biggles showed his teeth in what he imagined to be an answering smile. I’m going to kill you if it’s the last thing I do on earth. Paperbackpages. Published July 15th by Red Fox first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.

What in the world went wrong here!!?? Biggles all of a sudden is a swearing, hard-core fellow with no emotions. I totally did not like him in this one. Johns wrote this book first of any other Biggles stories it is the third one that I’ve read.

So I’ve imagined a scenario for why his first book is different than his others: Everyone disliked Biggles because he swore too much. Why would they let their kids read such a book? And so they asked the author if he could create a cle What in the world went wrong comint

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And so they asked the author if he could create a cleaner character, who smiled sometimes and wasn’t so coarse with his speech. So other than the swearing, why didn’t I like it? Also, once Biggles shoots down two German planes just so he can win twelve bottles of whiskey. That was cheesy and made him even more blah and mediocre. I’ve started the next one and it is much more promising.

Something must have changed in the authors mind in how he wanted to represent Biggles. So, I’m not saying goodbye to him yet, but I do not recommend this book. Jul 31, Jennifer Biggs rated it it was amazing. Such a great book. It allows a little bit of insight into the mind of WWI pilots and I really enjoyed it.

It had all the great aspects of good story telling and the forward by Captain W. E Johns is insightful and a treat as well. Highly recommend this book if you can find a copy.

Mar 16, Robert rated it really liked it. It is structured rather like an anthology of short stories. Each of the seventeen chapters sees Biggles fly a different mission, or become embroiled in a different escapade, and there is little over-arching comong to connect them, which means this is a very easy book to dip in and out of as time or circumstances allow. The chapters are short and fast-paced, with plenty of action and the occasional touch of h First published inthis is the first Biggles book that Captain W E Johns wrote.


The chapters are short and fast-paced, with plenty of action and the occasional touch of humour, and on the whole I found it to be a very enjoyable read. The book is not especially childish, and is darker in places than the popular camells of a Biggles story led me to believe — by the last chapters, Biggles is drinking half a bottle of whisky for breakfast and his friends are becoming increasingly concerned for his sanity.

There are numerous footnotes in the text that explain some of the words that readers may not be familiar with “archie”, for example, and “onions” and I found these to be quite helpful. Sep 25, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: I hated the first couple of pages; I didn’t get what was happening in the story.

Then I decided to back up and just read it and go with it, not trying to figure out every little anachronistic aviation term.

I flew with these very, very young pilots in World War I. It is a ride. A real ride in the air and a ride through time. It’s full comin all the things that the book police would hate today: But, nevertheless, a I hated the first couple of pages; I didn’t get what was happening in the story.

But, nevertheless, a fabulous adventure book. Feb 28, Huw Collingbourne rated it really liked camdls. The first Biggles book I’ve read and not as juvenile as I was expecting.

This is a collection of short stories about young 1st World War aviators. While there is a good deal of rip-roaring adventure, it also confronts the fear, the danger and the frequent death that were the everyday experience of those young man.

A surprisingly enjoyable read. May 27, Wilson E. This is a pretty interesting book to read. My grandfather drove an ammunition truck during World War One in Cooming where most of this book takes place. I found the description of the airplanes very interesting, and bigglees up and got photo’s of each of the one’s mentioned. I may read more of the series, as it was worth while from a plot, as well as a historical view. I started reading this as a complete Biggles novice and ended up as a fan.

The first couple of stories camls a little struggle, as it took me time to get into the author’s style, but by the end I was sailing through them and having a great time. Biggles was one of the great British fictional heroes of mid 20th century.

Biggles The Camels Are Coming by W.E. Johns

The stories are short, snappy, and filled with aerial combat scenes which are described evocatively. There’s always a twist of sorts in store and a freshness and momentum that make the tales highly readable. Biggles gets a real satisfaction from outwitting and out-flying the enemy and that transfers to the reader; at the same time he’s a real gentleman who respects his foe. Although “The Camels are Coming” book is the third in the Biggles’ series; it was the first one written.


Each chapter is an anecdote of events that probably may have actually occurred during the Great War; but for the book were modified and attributed to Captain Bigglesworth, RFC. There were a number of flaws in the some of the chapters, but the book was entertaining and appeared to give a good insight into the life and dangers of being a pilot in that era.

The book covers the last two or so year Although “The Camels are Coming” book is the third in the Biggles’ series; it was the first one written. Another anomaly, and one I picked up in my review of the book “Marked for Death”: The only mention of an NCO pilot with regard to a particular individual was a German, and he got accused of lacking moral fibre.

Aug 04, Daniel Bratell rated it liked it. The first Biggles stories, 17 of them, originally published in some magazine. This Biggles is a lot more emotional, angry, not in control, than later Biggles.

Maybe you could say more immature. The stories are of course dated, but still reasonably entertaining. View all 3 comments. My first sortie with Biggles.

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It reads more like a collection of short stories. An intriguing look back at WWI at this time. The further adventures of Biggles and his Sopwith Camel squadron on the western front.

Another selection of connected short stories rather than a full novel but non the worse for it. Great boy’s own stuff. This book is about a British flight commander in World War One. Jul 07, Sanoo biggle it ccamels was amazing. Red Fox edition has Bilggles: Pioneer Air Fighter attached to it.

Nov 25, Pete Wildman rated it it was amazing. This is the classic Biggles, full bjggles authentic WW1 air combat, cynical, realistic and with a hero who smokes, curses and drinks half a bottle of whisky before daylight. Aug 23, Ian Patterson rated it really liked it.

Great read on the antics of a very young pilot in WW1. Gets across the characters and their attitudes, the machinery, the fighting had the loss of life. Worth reading even today. Chris rated it really liked it Oct 18, Rpm rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Bubbles rated it really liked it Aug 19, Betsy Wells rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Nicholas Wilson rated it it was amazing Oct 17,