'A rattling story, full of action and laughs and gut-wrenching fear ... Roll on Vol.2' Daily Mail 'Very funny, and always delightfully non-PC' GQ 'A novel about the D-Day invasion of Normandy that's a welcome corrective to the Spielberg-Hanks version and promises a lot more excitement to come ... Jolly good show, Delingpole' Spectator 'Although extremely funny in parts the book is also, perhaps surprisingly, at times very moving ... truly compelling and feels authentic ... undoubtedly entertaining' Sunday Telegraph
From the Author
Airfix models; War Picture Library; The History Channel; anything by Max Hastings or Antony Beevor; Steve McQueen leaping over the fence in The Great Escape; Quartered Safe Out Here; "Broadsword Calling Danny Boy"; the first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan; Sven Hassel; "Don't tell him, Pike"... If any or all of those things rock your boat, then you'll probably love the Dick Coward series.
But I didn't just write it for the boys. The thing that pleases me about my books more than anything is the incredibly enthusiastic response they get from women. (You'll find a few being nice in the reader comments section and I promise I didn't make them up). I daren't venture to suggest why, except that some of the sex scenes are quite lively and the insights into the workings of the male brain as honest as I could make them. It's also, I hope, because even though the Coward series will contain an awful lot of fighting, I've tried never to lose sight of the fact that what counts most in a novel is character and relationships.
My Coward books are meant to be by turns dark, funny, moving and as historically accurate as I can reasonably make them.
What they were never meant to be is a Flashman rip off. I love George MacDonald Fraser and he's definitely an inspiration, but even the most cursory reading of Coward will reveal to you that he's not a Flashie-like cad or bully. The idea I did nick from GMF was having historical footnotes at the end. As with Flashman, I want you to come away from each book having had not just a rip-roaring read, but also a delightfully painless and fascinating history lesson.
Coward On The Beach - like all the series - is based closely on real events. This one concerns the extraordinary but little-known action fought by the men of 47 RM Commando the day after D-Day when they marched 12 miles behind enemy lines and captured a heavily defended, strategically vital port town held by crack troops outnumbering them three to one. I have interviewed and befriend several of the survivors and have woven their experiences into the story.
One more thing. Coward is not meant to be "tongue-in-cheek". I don't do tongue-in-cheek. It's why I always hated the A-Team.