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4.0 out of 5 stars
Blockade Runner, 3 Feb 2013
It's difficult for me to be dispassionate, because roughly a thousand years ago in Dorset I was at school with the author. Accordingly the voice of K-L D, as we called him, sings out of every word...in the unbroken tones of a boy: it's slightly bizarre. I came across the book by accident, spotted the unmistakeable name and plunged. I really enjoyed it! I understand what a previous review has said with respect to the soft-edges of the romantic interest; but I found that, by dint of contrast, it hardened up the edges of the action elsewhere. The action is good, and well set in the historic and geographic background. I lay no claim to authority on either of those, but it had the feeling of authenticity. The book ends a little abruptly, almost as if the author had set himself a maximum word-count and had to bail out in a hurry. This is exacerbated by his having burdened us with foreboding. We have been forewarned that hens have to come home to roost, yet when we are already within sight of home the bloody birds are still merrily pecking around the farmyard. Indeed had he omitted the last page or two he could have primed us for a sequel, which I should have enjoyed awaiting.