Most helpful critical review
on 21 February 2015
The book starts really well, for me, it does without doubt get really lost in quite a few places, I like and respect Ranulph Fiennes so I've persevered. I wouldn't read it again, it seems to have some unimaginable relationships between characters, gangs, police. FBI, CIA and corporate bodies, I struggled to buy-in to those as they were so unbelievable, however it is a work of fiction ( mind you with Ranulph Fiennes you never know) and I liked the opportunity to reminisce about the 80's specifically with the news items which I remembered so well from that era, the story about the murder of PC Keith Blakelock is explored in some detail, how much of that is public record I don't know.
Paul Blackledge is a particularly unsavoury character, and the badger 'dig' sections are very graphic, as are some of the gangland activities.
Abuse, despair, violence, dashed hopes and bad luck predominate, Little House on the Prairie it is not!!
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