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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly great
This is beautifully written account of love in wartime -- love of family, romantic love, and love of the fight itself, despite it all. The author's eye and ear for detail are faultless; his language has the ring of crystal.
All that being said, however, the book is disappointing in the end, as its series of intriguing enigmas are tied up in way that is a tad too...
Published on 10 Jun. 2004 by Page V. Tolbert

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2.0 out of 5 stars What was the book about?
I just felt that I had no idea what the book was really about. I could not get into it at all. And the plot, what was really the plot in this book?
Another review mention love but the so called love story was extremly weak and hardly non excisting.
neither did I like the way it was written, I found it pretty short and "stocky", it didn't have a great flow...
Published on 15 Jan. 2009 by Grottis


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nearly great, 10 Jun. 2004
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Page V. Tolbert (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fire Fighter (Paperback)
This is beautifully written account of love in wartime -- love of family, romantic love, and love of the fight itself, despite it all. The author's eye and ear for detail are faultless; his language has the ring of crystal.
All that being said, however, the book is disappointing in the end, as its series of intriguing enigmas are tied up in way that is a tad too neat, and lacks the authentic feel of the rest of the book.
Still, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book. It is not just for those who have a fetish for wartime Britain, but is a work of literature, worth it for anyone who can appreciate such things.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling account of the role and effects of fire and war, 31 Aug. 2001
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This review is from: The Fire Fighter (Hardcover)
Jack Finlay was born to fight. His front line career however, ends abruptly when in 1940 he is ordered to leave the Western Desert and return home, to fight fires. The constraints of his new assignment require him to fire-proof five buildings located within the city of London - but for what purpose and whose expense? As Finlay's involvement deepens, his endeavours to protect both the buildings and his own sense of self-worth falter as he begins to question the limited role which he is now required to play in a war which no-one believes can be won.
Cottam's disquieting recreation of London during the Blitz provides a haunting backdrop for his exploration of betrayal and the frailty of human relationships in times of war. Finlay is betrayed by his superiors, his colleagues and even his mother who becomes involved in a compassionate and intricate deception for the love of her son. Ultimately, however, Finlay betrays himself and reveals his emotional frailty by his inability to come to terms with the loss of his father.
Cottam's first novel displays a bold style which is crisply unsentimental. The author moves the story forward by using recurrent sub-plots woven into the fabric of this intrigue. Coupled with a skilled development of his cameo characters, Cottam provides a powerful and moving account of the devastating role and effects of fire and war during the Blitz.
Gillian Kay Higgins
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was the book about?, 15 Jan. 2009
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I just felt that I had no idea what the book was really about. I could not get into it at all. And the plot, what was really the plot in this book?
Another review mention love but the so called love story was extremly weak and hardly non excisting.
neither did I like the way it was written, I found it pretty short and "stocky", it didn't have a great flow.

Not worth reading I'd say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Mar. 2015
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