Top 10 Biggles Books

 

Biggles is the nickname for James Bigglesworth who is the fictional character and hero of The Biggles series of books of adventurous fiction. Biggles is an adventurer and a pilot in the series. The Biggles series was written by W.E. Johns, who himself was a pilot in the First World War but there was no particular closeness in his career with that of Biggles. He introduced Biggles stories for the entertainment of adolescent boys. Mostly Biggles books are set on First World War after the author’s career as a pilot was over. He continued writing Biggles books till 1968 until his death.

The camels are coming

This is the first book that W.E. Johns wrote. It is more like an anthology of short stories, and in every chapter, Biggles is seen going on a different mission or escapade.

Read it For:
The chapters are small and have loads of action in them and a touch of humor too.
Don't Read it For:
Biggles in this book is seen swearing.
What makes this book stand out?:
Although it was the first Biggles book that the author wrote, it was published third in the series.

Biggles Fails to Return

In this book, Biggles goes to Monaco for a secret mission to rescue the princess, and he doesn’t return, and the last information about him is that he was shot while fighting.

Read it For:
With suspense onto where Biggles has gone, it is very interesting to read.
Don't Read it For:
The escapade is not fascinating, and escape is in the craziest way.
What makes this book stand out?:
Unlike other books, our hero doesn’t appear straight away, and this story also introduces women.

Biggles Flies East

In this book, while on a holiday, biggles is assumed to be captain Brunow by mistake and is offered to go on a mission. He is asked to be a double agent when he reports the matter to Air staff intelligence.

Read it For:
This book is thrilling as at every point the reader prays that secret identity of biggles should not be found out.
Don't Read it For:
It has a couple of swear words in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a daring and intriguing tale of a double- agent.

The Cruise of the Condor

It is a good adventure novel, where Biggles goes on a hunt for treasure, along with his uncle, lands Biggles, Dickpa, mechanic Smythe and Algy and are caught up on a terrible danger.

Read it For:
The plot is very thrilling.
Don't Read it For:
It is not always believable, but it’s fun
What makes this book stand out?:
The hunt for treasure is what makes this book stand out.
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Biggles Sweeps the Desert

In this book, Biggles is sent to main air route along with his squadron to find out about 7 planes that have been lost in the journey.

Read it For:
This book has high paced action.
Don't Read it For:
The dialogues are a bit dated, but these books were written a long time back, so it’s okay in that sense.
What makes this book stand out?:
Their secret of where the planes are lost is interesting.

Biggles Defies the Swastika

In this book, Biggles is on an undercover mission in Norway and then one morning when he wakes up, he finds out that Germans have invaded in.

Read it For:
The flying action is very thrilling.
Don't Read it For:
If you are biased about Germans, you may not like it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way Biggles shows Germans he is a German even when he is not is the best part.

Biggles & Co

After every other firm fails to transport gold bullion and diamonds to France; Biggles, Ginger, and Algy are persuaded by Colonel Raymond to take up the challenge of transporting it.

Read it For:
This story has all the best characters in it.
Don't Read it For:
There are no surprises in the plot as such.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that the female character is not portrayed wrong and is smart and powerful makes the book unique.

Biggles in the Baltic

In this book, Biggles builds up an airbase in Baltic, well stocked with supplies under the nose of the enemy to attack at vulnerable moments to defeat him.

Read it For:
The fact that an airbase is built is not a small thing.
Don't Read it For:
There are a lot of events in the book that might not work for everybody.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is set in a real historical setting.

Biggles Learns to Fly

This book covers Biggles first entry to RFC- royal flying corps when he was 17.

Read it For:
Readers get an insight of pilots and aircrafts back at the time of First World War.
Don't Read it For:
A little proofreading was required in this book, but it is of not much significance.
What makes this book stand out?:
There is a detail of primitive aircrafts, which were not solid enough and were made of fiber. The struggles of pilots back then make it an interesting read.

Biggles in the Orient

In this book, Biggles along with his squad of 8 including Algy, is ordered to Calcutta in India. However, the pilots lose radio contact on the run to China from India and the planes start disappearing.

Read it For:
The twist where the planes are disappearing is not at all predictable.
Don't Read it For:
Since the book is dated, so the attitude towards foreigners and their description is stereotypical. But it reflects the scenario back then without any malice.
What makes this book stand out?:
The mission has disappearing planes, making the book unique and there is no secret weapon as in Biggles sweeps the desert but a nice twist.

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