A thoroughly enjoyable read on many levels. I knew who 'The Damned' were and had heard of Rat Scabies but for me it was the Holy Grail reference which lured me to this book. I've read a lot of Grail books, such as those by Laurence Gardiner, the old Arthurian tales of Malory, the DaVinci code and many other esoteric books. Dawes' book stands out not just for its exploration of much of the evidence, theories and places, but his panache at wrapping them up in a hearty, joyous tale of two mate's travels.
The characters go on a journey both physically, the book is a great travelogue on south west France, and spiritually, with Dawes confronting many of the questions about truth, history and mystery familiar to an explorer of the esoteric. Dawes, like many of the E-generation, has an awareness born of that culture's dancefloor epiphany's. An awareness that there is more to life than our material culture wants us to believe. That his musings, fears and hopes are explored in a hilarious and yet throught provoking way is a credit to his writing skills. This book is a fun read on so many levels that it will satisfy the dusty high-brow Grail Lorist and those looking for a feel good tale to fly away with on holiday.