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A fitting end and a great read.
on 2 July 2012
'Crucible of Fate' stands as both a fitting end to the trilogy of books by Andy Johnson and as a tribute to the actual soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought and died during D Day.
Once again, the level of authenticity is as high as the previous novels in the series and the action is relentless. The great thing about these novels is that the war isn't seen as one sided. Neither does it wrap itself in a flag. Both sides are portrayed with honour and respect allowing the reader to understand both sides with a great deal of depth and emotion. The book does not shirk its responsibilities, painting a true picture of the nature of war; bloody, chaotic, tragic and at times unfair. Although 'Crucible of Fate' is a fiction, the author has gone to great lengths to use fact to lead his characters through a narrative that actually happened barring their own action which sits in the middle of history. Characters from each side of the story are well drawn with depth allowing the reader to understand their fears as well as their reasoning.
Again I couldn't put down the book as I wanted to know what happened next, even though my own knowledge of the period told me exactly what happened. My favourite moment is towards the end when the British Major Smithson comes across the Padre seeing to a fallen soldier; a very touching moment. I wont describe what that scene entails but for me it's a brilliant moment of humanity amongst the chaos.
I hesitated to give this five stars thinking that might be over the top but then I can't really fault this book. It is a fiction, it's faultlessly researched, the characters were great and most of all I enjoyed every page.