3 out of 4 stars
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Alasdair Douglas-Hamilton wrote Lord of the Skies. The author intends to reveal the personality of his father, Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton. Lord Malcolm died before he could see his grandchildren. This book is a biography of Lord Malcolm, who was a popular expert in aircraft in Scotland. The story begins with the mysterious disappearance of Lord Malcolm. He traveled from New York City to Kinshasa in Congo. Unknown to him, Mount Cameroun had a mineral content that was dangerous to an aircraft. This mineral content can cause a magnetic variation on aircraft. The French Air Force knew about this danger but did not disclose it. By reading this book, readers will find out what happened to Lord Malcolm. Was it a conspiracy?
From this book, the author revealed the history of his father and his family entirely. He talked about his father’s achievements and his political aspirations. From this book, readers will be excited to find out the failures and successes of Lord Malcolm.
In my opinion, this book was an expression of love from the author to his father. He documented his father’s historical journey in life and the impact it had on him while he was growing up. I felt I should do likewise for my father.
What I liked most about this book was that the author included historical photographs of his father and pictures of other events that happened in Lord Malcolm’s life. Watching the photos was an emotional experience for me. For instance, I loved the sight of pictures of aircraft and Mount Cameroun. It made me believe what the author said about his father. Also, I liked the fact that the author was accurate about the dates of these events. He gave the date for almost every event that happened in the life of his father.
However, there were several challenges I encountered as I was reading this book. This narrative was too detailed and hard to follow. What I disliked most about this novel was that it had several punctuation errors. The tale was full of quotes and excerpts, and the author did not correctly use his punctuations. Also, the editing of this story was unprofessional. Due to the poor editing, it slowed the pace of the novel and made it less enjoyable. This book was not formatted thoroughly. For instance, some phrases like “Thus, my” were written as “Thusmy.”
Due to the numerous grammar and punctuation errors in this book, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not remove another star because I found the story realistic. This tale has an instance of a profane speech. I recommend this book to those who love memoirs and autobiographies.
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