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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 13 July 2004
Like i have said before if you dont like BS in your war novellas then this is for you. Compelling characters whom are realistic and likable. If you want war fiction at its most movable then this is for you, otherwise stick to Sven Hassel. This is not a happy ending. You get attached to the characters who one by one succumb to the inevitable in war. If you dont like it stick to sergeant cobb stories where everyone lives happily ever after. You have been warned.
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on 20 July 2012
Tramp in ArmourTramp in ArmourThis world war 2 novel tells the story about a British tank crew who end up isolated and behind enemy lines after Germany invaded France in 1940. Its exciting, well written, with believable characters and plenty of action as the tank crew dodges German aircraft, lorries filled with infantry, fifth columnist and a sinister SS officer.
Rather than simply heading for home, Barnes the tank commander, seeks out a target to strike a blow against an enemy.
More of the same please.
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on 13 July 2004
This book is far more realistic than most works of fiction from the early WW2 era. Down to earth and compelling this novel is definately underrated. If you dont like BS in your war stories this is a good start. Characters are likable and you even feel a pang of sorrow when some of them dont survive. Good book. Makes Sven Hassel look like Sergeant Cobb.
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on 11 March 2015
A very good book enjoyed the story line.
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on 10 August 2015
great read.
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on 10 March 2016
Good.
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on 16 October 1999
It took 200 pages before I started to get into the book. The action was very slow. The story was not realistic and the characters were very shallow. However at the end it became more exciting.
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on 26 August 2001
As other reviewers have said, the action certainly isn't of the "Wild Geese" or "Great Escape" type, partly because the writing style has little artistry. But the way the story is told does have the feel of the memories you can be told by real WWII veterans; under-stated and modest. The story would never make a Hollywood smash, but the human loss in it would make a great low-budget study of the nature of war.
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