The Numbers Game by Miles Watson #BookReview #BlogTour #OneNine #BlackCoffeeBookTours #4.5*

The Battle of Britain rages.

London is in flames, and civilization itself totters on the brink.

Does Pilot Officer Maurice Mickelwhite care? Not one damn. He may be one of the better fighter pilots in the Royal Air Force, but it’s not by choice.

Maurice is a mathematical genius, who, if not for Hitler, would be happily teaching algebra and calculus at university. To hell with the war! Maurice just wants his numbers.

Trouble is…the numbers also want him.

Wonderfully Enthralling!

This may be a short read – but it certainly packs a punch!

Maurice Mickelwhite is one of the brave lads who climbs into his fighter plane each time the call comes and races to defend his country. Seemingly fearless, the truth is that Maurice just doesn’t care about the so called odds of returning as he is a mathematical genius who works out his own chances via the numbers game, and he knows that his time isn’t up – yet.

During World War Two, the British pilots were a different breed of men (and boys). Knowing that they faced death each time they roared into the skies, they relished the opportunity – even though they were aware than not all who took off would land again. Maurice Mickelwhite’s story is written in an exciting, rip-roaring manner (I can now understand why legions of lads idolised the Biggles tales!) and is thrilling to read. As his fellow pilots fall by the wayside, Maurice continues to take to the skies, fighting the enemy with gusto. But, surely, one day the numbers game will show that his luck has run out – or will it? You’ll have to read to find out all for yourself! A wonderfully enthralling story of the derring-do by the RAF officers during a war which would have had such a different outcome had it not been for their selflessness, beautifully written and one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*.

My thanks to Black Coffee Book Tours for providing my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: historical fiction, dark comedy

Author Details

Miles Watson has won more awards and accolades than almost any independent writer of his generation. His various works have won the following:

  • CAGE LIFE – Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Runner Up (2016): Zealot Script Magazine “Book of the Year” (2017); Best Indie Book Award – Mystery & Suspense (2018)
  • KNUCKLE DOWN – Writer’s Digest S.P.B.A. Honorable Mention (2019); Best Indie Book Award – Suspense (2019)
  • DEVILS YOU KNOW – Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing Finalist (2019)
  • THE NUMBERS GAME – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Novella – (2019)
  • NOSFERATU – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Novella – (2020)
  • SINNER’S CROSS – Best Indie Book Award – Historical Fiction – (2019); Book Excellence Award – Action (2020); Literary Titan Book Award – Gold Medal (2020); Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards – Finalist (2020)


He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, and served in law enforcement for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he has worked on over 200 episodes of television and half a dozen feature films. But his first and last passion is writing.

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