I found this triology, which was purchased some time ago, disappointing. It was nothing like the T.V. Series. The language was pretentious, unlike that used by Nick Rowan. Incarceration, Perambulation, and Transportion, being his favourites. Albeit followed closely. What is wrong with, Imprisonment, Transport, and Walking, Though, or Although? The first word is one, beloved by Americans. There were some funny happenings though, particularly where he ventures out, early on a bitterly cold day, looking for a russian spy, which turned out to be an exercise.
His grammar was inconsistent, particularly on p117, of Constable Across The Moors. He also used Offspring, the more usual one being Children. The series by James Herriott, was far superior. The books had more humour, and his wife Helen, had a career, and a personality. He was not a chauvinist. Mr Rhea's wife, appears to be just a child bearer, and mother, and an attender, with the large family. of the favoured catholic church He talks constantly about policemen, andthe working man, not, thus making his views on women working clear. He is preoccupied with superficial looks, particularly with women, as though they are everything, and somewhat unkind, abouta particular bus conductress. He was also uncritical, about a deceitful group of salesmen, who were cut off by snow, for a short time. His attitude was similar regarding young vandals, and blood sports, about which his opinions were wishy washy. The attribution, of, apparently, only socialists being against these, and wanting to ban them was unfair. All walks of life, and political affiliations, dislike animal cruelty. Even if hare coursing, has some cruelty, as, even if it does not die, it is still harassed mercilessly.
Bellamy, Dr Ferranby Gina, and Ventress are, not even mentioned, and, and were obviously put in to add some zip, to the T.V. Series, which was superior. Greengrass has a different appearance.Gina is a great persoality, and Bellamy, and Ventress, have their merits. I can see though, why the T.V. Series, changed the book's outlook. Kate Rowan, was much more of a personality,and independent, and more concerned with overpopulation. The constant swearing was needless, some of it from people who did not need to use it, in a book read by all ages. Could it not have been presented as 'B----y?'
I will be reluctant to read further stories in the series. However, they might be an improvement.