Having read Ben Elton's book, The First Casualty, I was looking forward to Two Brothers. I found the book really gripping and read it in record time, however I have several comments to make. First, I found that he gave away much of the plot in the first few pages, this was a pity as the story would have been much more gripping if he had written the story in chronological order. Second, The story ends rather abruptly tying up the loose ends inside a few pages. I have found many writers do this giving me the impression that they have got tired of writing the book in hand and want to finish it quickly in order to set about the next project. Third, I did not check out the 'facts' given as background and assume they are correct, eg 71 Jews killed in Berlin on Kristallnacht, I would have found footnotes on such items interesting. Finally I found the language of the boys in the book unconvincing, such phrases as Blimey do just not exist in the german language, even more unacceptable are the frequent use of English swarewords, the F word was used rarely in England in those days, the german equivalent is not used at all, german swaring being rather more lavatorial. The boys are supposed to have been brought up in a household where the mother is a doctor, so crude language at that time would only really be used by the most uneducated people. If one can ignore this transgression, the book makes a very exciting story - I loved reading it but it could have been much better.