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Good Enough but not his best.
on 21 March 2013
I've read lots of Len Deighton's books, most of them several times.
This is OK but doesn't quite achieve what I think he was hoping for. It's a sweeping family saga with some well drawn and interesting characters. It's all set against the backcloth of the rise of the third Reich and, for me, that's where the problems emerge. The real history nearly always feels a bit 'clunky' and force fitted into the scenes. Characters seem at times to give potted history lessons during conversations. It reminds me of the supposed line in a Hollywood historical script, 'To horse my liege, the Hundred Years War is about to begin.'
As ever with Deighton, the detail feels authentic and it is a compelling read. Not his best book about the War. I'd give that accolade to 'Bomber', which I'd recommend ahead of this.