Douglas Reeman has given us some great tales over the years and he has certainly evolved and changed as a writer, his early works are very different to his later ones.
So I hope I have established that I am a fan and in that context I was very disappointed with this one. This is the latest in the author’s theme of the Blackwood family, a ‘Marine’ family involved in most conflicts since the Marines were first formed. This one has Ross Blackwood as the lead and we see him from the 1970’s through to the Falkland’s conflict.
My problem was that the narrative was dis-jointed and on many occasions I had to re-read things to understand them. Things that Reeman normally handles well do not work in this one and on more then one occasion just as the action hots up, the story jumps to the aftermath. Many threads of plot are presented and then sadly not followed up, an example being the lead character and his relationship with the sergeant who is also a relative.
I hope the author gets back on track with his next one.