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The First Casualty
The First Casualty
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant page turner, Ben Elton has surprised me, 16 July 2007
This review is from: The First Casualty (Paperback)
I thought this was absolutely excellent. I had reservations at first as, apart from Blackadder, I have never warmed to Ben Elton or observed him to be a particularly sensitive writer. How wrong can you be, this novel aches with love, longing, hope and despair. Yes, it's formulaic; yes, the villain is cliched, but it's a wonderful piece of writing.

I agree with other comments in that it is a 'small' book and not destined to be a classic, it focuses on characters and plot first and foremost, but to dismiss it out of hand is, in my view, wholly wrong. This novel was an unexpected surprise and I doubt whether Mr Elton will write anything to match this again.

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