Heroes of the line,
This review is from: Heroes of The Line (Kindle Edition)
Heroes of the line - Scott Addington
First off I would like to saw wow! What an adventure this book tells. From the makeshift `Satnav' to a hit and run incident, so to speak, with an elderly Frenchman but still able to portray a message and stories of those men who willingly enrolled to lay down their lives fighting for their king and country.
This book tells the tale of an epic bike journey up the First World War western front starting at Franco-Swiss border and ending very aptly on the 11th November in Ypres. Whilst this book is told in a chronological fashion, describing the adventures of two men's journey down the western front, it is also able to include 8 heroic short biographies of soldiers ranging from high ranking officers to pilots on both the German and British side to regular infantry.
The book is written in a very easy, reader-friendly way that allows one to get easily stuck in and engrossed in the journey. It also goes without saying that although Mr Addington is able to use humour in his writing and express the lighter side of a mates cycling holiday, there is still an underlying sombre tone due to the path and footsteps they were following.
Having been to some of the towns and war graves mentioned, I can empathise with the feelings and experiences of the story and felt like I was part of the journey while reading this. There were many engaging sections of the journey that i could relate to, from being declined entry to a supermarket in the middle of the day to the emotion sparked by the Menin Gate memorial service.
At this point I would also like to add that this trip was not only put together for the enjoyment of the author but also because both men were looking to raise funds for the British Legion and for every e-book bought around £1 goes straight to the charity.
Heroes of the line was a very enjoyable read and one I would highly recommend not simply because of the epic journey and incredible stories that it tells but also because of the reason the journey and book were written- to help those who have fought for our today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Addington for a truly enjoyable read.