Like all of Noel Barber's books, this one is unforgettable. His marvellous scope of World War 2 is fascinating and he must have been a marvellous and very knowledgeable man to know. I wish I could have known him. This book evokes a time when things were very different and people were actually fighting with their backs to the wall.
The story of the hero's time in France is so well drawn that you actually feel that you are there with him.
Barber is one of the best writers of this genre. Don't hesitate to read any of his book - you will be well rewarded, I know. If this is the first of his books you read I know you will want to read all his others.
The 'Daughters of the Prince', set in Italy during World War 2 is particularly excellent, as, I having been there many times and spoken to some of the older people who remember the war, can testify. His description of the battle at Monte Cassino is particularly good and it does make you wonder, if you visit there today, at the ingenuity of man in the marvellous restoration of that place.