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Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from HMaxMarius
Review:
I usually just come here to read the crossover fanfics... which now has me beating myself up for overlooking this series for so long!!!

Excellent job!

My only complaint is that I feel this work is perhaps too short. I understand the mechanics of condensing time to move the story along and keep it from bogging down, but... You do such a wonderful job of describing the flight sequences that I find myself mildly disappointed that there were not more of them from that time where Buffy was learning... such as the first time she flew the aerobatics routines... or a few more sequences in the 'Top Gun' segment showing her developing the program and the combat skills that shine so brightly later. Or even a couple more missions, showing her earning the flight respect of the 89th, both as a trainer and as a combat leader.

That said, I am in awe and am definitely looking forward to reading 101st and also anything else you choose to write in this series.

On a side note, should you wish to expand this and strip out the Buffy references, this could be an AWESOME piece of 'Alternative History' fiction along the lines of Harry Turtledove's 'Guns of the South' or Allen Steele's 'Tranquility Alternative'. We know Elenore Roosevelt was a driving force behind the 99th (Tuskeegee Airmen) and I can definitely believe she would have lobbied hard for the 101st. In fact, it would have been a natural outgrowth of her efforts on behalf of the WAAC/Fs as they existed.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [31 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from misterwhy
Review:
I'm giving this story a 10, even though it deserves an 11.

Thank you for an entertaining and well researched story.
I was impressed from the very first chapter and finished reading the whole thing by the end of this weekend.

Well done.
Review By [misterwhy] • Date [8 Dec 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from Zorgdub
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Well, that was just as entertaining as I remembered. What I had not noticed the first time is how well crafted the structure is, and how fine tuned the pace was.

Congratulation, and thank you for writing such a good piece of fiction.
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [3 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 7: Advanced" from Zorgdub
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I usually don't re-read stories (because there's so much I have yet to read) but this was too good so here I am again. Thanks for writing this awesome work of fiction.

I just had to comment, because I still can't get over how Buffy says she learned a Korean and Japanese martial art while in China. It's a good thing those yankee don't know anything about martial arts!
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [2 Mar 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from Katt
Review:
OK wow I thought I'd reviewed and rec'd this a long time ago and just realized *blush* I hadn't.... I LOVE this story and re-read it and it's sequel frequently since you posted it. Keep up the good work you are an awesome writer =) Also
Review By [Katt] • Date [7 Feb 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from DieselDriver
Review:
I really liked this story a lot. The writing is good, could use a little better proofreading. Now, the bad part. There is just no way in hell anyone could ever think a PT-17 was a hotter plane than a Staggerwing Beechcraft. The Stearman PT-17 had a top speed around 100 mph maybe a little more, cruised at about 80, didn't even come with a cooling cowl around the engine. The Staggerwing on the other hand was the fastest airplane in the U.S. when it came out. It was fully enclosed and fully streamlined. It also came out much later than the PT-17. Progress was very fast in those days. There were some problems with the P-38 capabilities as described too but I'll chalk those up to parallel universes differences. While I was reading it I couldn't help thinking about the role it played in Europe which was cut short by problems of various kinds like compression in a dive that would freeze the controls due to shock waves forming over the control surfaces, and problems with the turbo chargers. They were finally, about 1943, replaced with either P-47's or P-51's. I had to laugh though when I thought about Buffy in the cockpit of a P-47 had she been assigned to try and fly one. A large person is a tight fit in a P-38, but definitely not in a P-47. She'd have gotten lost inside there. However the P-38 was every bit as rugged as it was portrayed here. I've seen pictures of them returning and the battle damage they survived sometime was amazing. Like the one returning from a strafing mission with a 6' long chunk of telephone pole imbedded in the wing or the one that survived a head on collision with a BF-109. Oh yeah, early on the plane known mostly as ME-109 was in reality a BF-109. Only towards the end of the war was the designation changed. Chalk this one up to parallel universes as well.

Interesting that they ferried the P-38's across. That only happened a few times. 6 of them and one B-17 belly landed in Greenland due to getting lost and running out of fuel. Everyone survived and were rescued. One of the P-38's is currently recovered, rebuilt and is flying as "Glacier Girl". That's an interesting story of it's own.

Anyone who'd be interested in the story of some of these planes should look up and read "The Fork Tailed Devil" by Martin Caiden. He also wrote a biography of a P-47 pilot, Robert S. Johnson, who I would have loved to have met but didn't get that priviledge. Johnson was in the early part of the war flying some of the first P-47's in combat. Early on, he had a lot of trouble getting seperated from his group. He was actually voted most likely to be shot down by his own squadron mates. He proved them wrong. 11 months after arriving in England, he was returned to the states to promote the services and be a poster child for the Army Air Corp. Oh yeah, another parallel universe thing... Here it was the AAC, not the Army Air Force. Anyway, the reason they sent him back... He was the European Theater LEADING Ace with 28 confirmed kills, only 2 of which were not single engine fighters. Others later surpassed his numbers. Some of those died. Richard Bong had 40 kills in the pacific arena and Capt. McGuire had 38. Bong was killed test flying an F-80 and McGuire was killed when he stalled his P-38 to close to the ground trying to avoid getting in front of a landing plane with a wounded pilot.

Good information on Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_P-38_Lightning

Excellent picture of the guns and how concentrated their firepower would be a little ways down the page.

As you may have guess, I am quite the airplane nut. I've read about them and have flown models from the time I was about 8 till now and I'm getting old. The people who fought for our freedoms are dieing off and it's only a matter of a few more years and the last of the WW2 vets will be gone. My dad worked on several of the planes in the story and flew in the B-17 as the flight engineer and top turret gunner. Went for a swim in the North Sea but was rescued. Ok, I'm getting maudlin. I'll stop now.

First rule of slayers is "don't die" but the zeroth rule of life is, everybody dies sooner or later.

I really liked how you ended the story though, that was great. I really enjoyed the whole story and I look forward to reading more of your work.

Thank you for posting it
Chris in CA
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [13 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from NoirDetective
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This was one of the most interesting AU buffy stories I have ever read. It is really piece of art well there are few things I didnt like as much Buff and barb scores are little bit overshot including idolising P-38 capabilities in European theatre but still great story.
Review By [NoirDetective] • Date [13 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from Starfox
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Great story! I love alternate histories, especially set in WW2.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [11 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 1: May" from (Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy
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This is easily one of the best stories on this site. I do wish it were better known. It was recommended on the forum and the recommendation was such that I took notice. I am gonna be looking for more of you writing. You made WWII more vivid to me than any movie or book I've read except maybe the Diary of Anne Frank, and that wasn't about combat. I'm thinking you must fly. If you don't, you managed some how to put yourself in the pilot's seat in a way that made me feel it.

Thank you.

Blue.

PS... the one thing that was a bit abrupt was the last chapter transition... but fortunately, you've filled in what came in between the second to last chapter and the last with your second story, which I'm currently reading. I was surprised just how little I missed the rest of the Sunnydale gang, but I keep wondering if Buffy will ever encounter anyone she knew -- either the vampires or as she grows older, the others... So far, however, without any of them, I have *not* been bored.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [10 Nov 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from khagler
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This is one of the best stories I've ever read. The quality of the writing is excellent even compared to commercially published novel, the characterization is very well done and completely believable, and it's clear the the author really did the research on the technical details. I'm heading straight into the second book in the series!

Incidentally, I appreciated the references to March field, as I grew up just a few miles from what was then March Air Force Base.
Review By [khagler] • Date [3 Nov 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from poe
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I just found this story the other day and I am oh so happy that I did. Buffy stories are not usually my thing, but I believe that you've captured her spirit very well indeed. The action is first rate and the story is unique as well as plausible. The scope and pacing are all excellent as well. You're subordinate characters are very well drawn and are not simply carbon copies of one another. Barb is a wonderful OC and I believe that telling the story from her POV was simply brilliant. There is only one point that I believe falls short and that is the last chapter; it tells too much. In my opinion it should have been posted as a singlet so that those who are curious could read it while those that enjoyed the story could wait for the long version to play out. Attaching it to Stingers felt like kind of a cop out. The other two points I have are actually questions. How did Buffy make it back to England the first time and in the chapter Savoy Buffy remarks that she regretted not telling someone that she loved them. Who was that? It could not have been Angel or Riley and at the end of season five she barely tolerated Spike so that leaves the core Scoobies, Dawn, Tara, Faith or Anya. I realize that its minor but I'm really quite curious. Anyway, thank you for your brilliant fic and I eagerly look forward to any additions to this series that you might make.

POE1911

p.s. There was much snickering at naming the new plane the Pinto, good one.
Comments from author:
In response to your questions, I never developed how Buffy returned to England even in my mind. But given Buffy's Slayer abilities she would not have great difficulty evading capture and traveling the distances she needed to cover to get across western Europe. Once to the coast it would have been a matter of finding a sympathetic fisherman to take her out to sea and meet with an English fishing boat. Alternatively, she could have made her way to the Calais area and swum the English channel. As to her love interest, it was Willow. I've always felt Willow and Buffy should have been a couple (as can be seen in my other stories). There was a scene, toward the end of season 3 I believe (or possibly season 2) where Willow and Buffy are under a tree outside the high school and Willow is demonstrating her emerging powers by twirling a pencil, the two start wrestling and it appeared to me the came very close to kissing before breaking apart in embarrassment.

In regard to the last chapter of Stingers, when I wrote Stingers it was a single story and I had no plans to continue it. It was only after I posted it and received all the positive comments that I decided to try to continue the story. The final chapter was intended to give closure to Buffy's life in this alternative universe.
Review By [poe] • Date [28 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from Oxnate
Review:
Wow. That was really good. I was about to ask for more of the new female squad then I found the next story. Onward!
Review By [Oxnate] • Date [17 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 18: Afternoon" from (Recent Donor)DonSample
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Every time I re-read this story, I can't help wondering about how Buffy got back to England. I hope you write that story some day.
Review By [(Recent Donor)DonSample] • Date [9 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from lunalurker
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I still love this story and series so much! It's going to get reread again one of these nights, mark my words.
Thanks for writing and hope everything is wonderful for you!
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [2 Aug 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 20: Home" from deathgeonous
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Hmm, first off, I thank you for whatever you fixed in this fic, for it aloud me to find it again. While I have finished this particular fic, I never did finish the second part. Dang busy schedule. Also, since I never finished part two, I can't say for sure, but wouldn't the last chapter of this fic work better as the epilogue for part two and thus the entire thing? Just asking. Well, thanks for writing this, I think I'm going to rec it now, and bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [2 Aug 12] • Not Rated
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