This should be a good book. The authors are expert and well-respected and the subject matter is so superb it should be able to inspire even a dead piece of wood to some decent prose. However, this is an appalling tome. Leaving aside its poor editing - which makes it awash with a constant stream of howlers such as `the Great fire of 1966' and `see page ??' - the writing is turgid. Never has the atmosphere of so many London pubs been so murdered by so many ill-chosen words. Whilst you can applaud the accurate architectural cataloguing in this work, it is totally devoid of any other redeeming feature. A poor advert for CAMRA, London pubs and the craft of writing.
If you want puff, read the publisher's review, if you want something more unbiased... The simple truth is if you love Geno - and it's hard not to - you'll like this. It rough, earthy and runs along in a zippy noir style. If you approach it as a dime store pulp thriller that could have inspired a dozen blaxploitation movies in the seventies, you will be in for a hell of a read. Its only problem is that it has been poorly edited. With a better hand at the tiller to help finesse Geno's first book, this could have been a cult classic.
Anyone who has read this wonderful re-imagining of Dare will know it not only a great space action romp, but also contains both a witty swipe or two at UK politics and an examination of the qualities of the officer and men of Britain who fought in simpler times. Putting it simply, it is a little stab of joy. However this version is printed so badly - the first few pages look as if they have water damage - that no-one should ever recommend buying this edition of the material.