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An inadequately reheated meal.
on 13 January 2014
I am a Patrick Bishop fan but this book will not be added to my collection of his other books. The most descriptive passages rely on material which has appeared in some of his other books.
I blame the editors for the irritation I experienced in the first few chapters which was caused by their disorganised nature with, for example, the same 'tales' popping up more than once. The early chapters needed editing to make them flow.
The middle chapters were a reheated meal from other of Patrick's WWII books and the end chapters included bits from '3 para' which drove the point home of this being constructed from old ingredients. Iraq; the Gulf; and Kosovo etc were names sprinkled in to 'tick-the-boxes' to show that more recent events had been noted - bur there was no 'meat'. What is there has appeared in the newspapers.
Someone has commented how this book was like an essay and I agee with that view except for the WWII bits which were taken from Patrick's previous works and were good - when read the first time.
Unlike his other works, I will not be keeping this book. I would not read it again and I feel it has nothing in it to which I may wish to refer. Disappointing from an author whose work I have previously enjoyed.