In David Audley and Paul Mitchel and subsequently other players Anthony Price has created an ordered conflict of imense proportions. Throughout the series of Novels it slowly becomes clear that the expected roles of father figure and son are not filled.
This is the first novel in which Paul is introduced to Audley. It is a novel which uses its authors knowlege of the Great War to propel the protagonists to an unusual and attention grabbing conclusion.
This and the other books in the series have given me great pleasure; Mr. Price has captured the mindset of the subaltern of the mid 20th century, the warrior of the Great War and the civil servant of the late 20th century (and no caps for those beggars) with skill, wit, and some not insubstantial humour.
Should you even hazard a guess as to the "Shaws of Tripoli" are, or even know the lyrics to "The Halls of Montezuma" then you may appreciate Mr. Price.
Sadly I have never met him to say thankyou for all the pleasure he has given me.