The Flutist of Arnhem

A Story of Operation Market Garden

by Antonio Gil

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Book Cover: The Flutist of Arnhem
Editions:Paperback Original: $ 24.95
ISBN: 9781682474631
Size: 7.25 x 10.00 in
Pages: 152

In October 1943, all the Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents in Holland are captured by the Germans . . . except one. John Hewson, a.k.a. “Boekman,” is the most dangerous agent to the German occupiers, with vital information about the German army, Boekman escapes the clutches of the S.S. and stays hidden until the start of the largest airborne operation in World War II: Operation Market Garden. When the SOE learn that Boekman is still alive, and that his estranged son, Harry, is on the ground fighting in Market Garden, Harry is tasked with organizing a small commando unit to rescue Boekman and try to escape through the German siege. The Battle of Arnhem unfolds day by day as father and son search for each other amidst the chaos of war and the dogged pursuits of a cruel Gestapo agent. 

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Reviews:—Kirkus Reviews wrote:

“Gil gives us pulse-pounding escapes from the Germans’ tightening noose, stealthy assassinations of enemy combatants, and explosive firefights that test a soldier’s mettle…. The art is compellingly realistic, with excellent attention given to facial expressions and anatomy as well as to the machinery of war. The colors and lines have a thick, clumpy quality that, combined with the realism of the images, lends the work a digital, rotoscoped feel. The action is intense and the violence is brutal without being gory.”

—Foreword Reviews wrote:

“With an ambitious sense of scale . . . the book strikes an effective balance between maps and military plans on one hand, and the actions and emotions of the characters on the other. The art is notable for its attention to detail, from uniforms and equipment to fine-tuned facial expressions. The Flutist of Arnhem is an epic, exciting tale from World War II.”

—Publishers Weekly wrote:

“Gil’s story sincerely lauds the bravery of soldiers battling in impossible circumstances.”

—The Fandom Post wrote:

“If you’re a World War II nerd, the dramatized version of Operation Market Garden in The Flutist of Arnhem has a lot to offer. In addition to the broader scope of military engagement, it includes lots of interesting details on both Nazi and Allied sides.”

—Wayne Vansant, author of Katusha: Girl Soldier of the Patriotic War wrote:

“A beautifully drawn and colored tale that follows closely with the facts of Operation Market Garden. It also illustrates one truth: that those involved in the underground against the Nazi's never succeeded without great loss. Antonio Gil also shows that stories of World War II still thrill and inspire us, even when the years stretch our connections with these events.”

—La Burbuja Literaria De J.C. wrote:

“This book is of great interest to learn more about Operation Market Garden. This is due to the inclusion of maps, historical references, and other data and elements that give an almost documentary touch to this volume.”

—Cómic Para Todos wrote:

“The drawings display realism…. You do not have to be an expert in history to appreciate the enormous effort that is made in this way, so that uniforms, tanks, weapons and everything we see in each graphic is one more element of the deep immersion in history that Gil facilitates with his work…. The Flutist of Arnhem is a good war comic, the kind that allows us to reconcile ourselves with a way of narrating that sometimes seems to have fallen into disuse but is still as effective as it ever has been. And it is a good demonstration that in history there are still many stories that have not been told or that can be re-told without the need to abuse approaches or caroms forced by specific fashions.”

—WordAholicAnonymous wrote:

“The art really great to look at.”

—John’s Notes wrote:

“The Flutist of Arnhem contains many facts about the battle as well as the fictional dramatization. I liked the images [and] selected cover art. I give this graphic novel a 4.4 out of 5.”

—Arcadia Pod wrote:

“Dead Reckoning hits it out of the park yet again with The Flutist of Arnhem: A Story of Operation Market Garden. I loved the story between the Hewson family, and the immense amount of information that Gil took care to place within the book. After going into this knowing only the vaguest amount of information on this operation, I feel like I learned a lot. I’d like to read more by this author.”


About the Contributor

Antonio Gil is a Spanish illustrator and comic author who specializes in military history. His work can be seen in more than 100 publications in specialized magazines and books focusing on different periods of history, from Ancient Rome to the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a frequent guest at conferences, speaking about the Eastern Front in World War II and German operations in Stalingrad.