The full title is actually The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side. The book is a chronology of events based on a rough manuscript created by a WWII veteran Czech airman Robert Bozdech. Damien Lewis obtained the manuscript from Bozdech’s family and this book is the results.
The story will be enjoyed by any dog lover. Tense at times, the story pulls at the heart describing the adventures of a dog and his master, the inexplicable devotion of human beings and animals.
Story … A bomber gunner, crashes his plane into the midst of a battle between the Germans and the French in 1939. The flyer, Robert Bozdech, finds and rescues a new-born German Shepherd puppy. The dog becomes a mascot in the RAF, a WWII hero, wounded in action more than once. But, he’s a dog. He also chases rabbits and sheep. Antis, the dog, is a bit of a bone-head when it comes to staying put sometimes. In some instances, the dog’s ability to mind as a wee puppy (stay and be quiet) saves his life. As an adult dog, behavior is more along the lines of ‘I’m-going-to-be-at-my-master’s-side-no-matter-what.’ Ergo, gets himself and his owner into dangerous and sometimes, humorous, situations. But, loyalty … both that of the dog, and that of the man, makes this story an emotional and endearing read.
Narration … Read nicely by Derek Perkins and about ten hours of listening. Pacing and tempo is good. You’ll enjoy.