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A rattling good read with a strong sense of realism
on 6 June 2008
If you've read any of Colin Forbes' generally dire later novels, you'll probably never bother revisiting his early work (or if you like the later ones, you'll probably NOT like the early ones).
I discovered Colin Forbes back in the 70s and Tramp In Armour sticks in my mind as a really good novel. As someone said, it's not wham-bam Sven Hassel stuff, but is a great novel which pulls no punches as it develops.
The futility, tragedy and heroism of war is quietly and intelligently explored, but the book's a great read, too.
This book reminds me in many ways of some of Nevil Shute's books (another great author who's unfairly fallen out of fashion) in its quiet style, although it lacks the character interplay that Shute excels at.
Other early novels, like Year of the Golden Ape, are good, too and I tolerated Forbes' later rubbish for far too long in the hope that each new book would be a return to his early, much better form.