For History Teachers, but not Teens...,
This review is from: Duty Calls: Dunkirk (Paperback)
I'm afraid to say that this book is a brilliant read if you're a Year 8 history teacher, or a middle aged bloke who enjoys touring battlefield sites.
But if you're a teenager looking for an exciting, blood thirsty and gripping portrayal of WW2 - or someone looking to enthuse a teenager about WW2 - I would highly recommend saving your money or possibly checking out the Hendersons' Boys series by Robert Muchamore.
Holland is obviously a very knowledge chap, but his prose is simply uninviting to young adult readers. The work feels more like a GCSE textbook with a story bolted on, rather than a well-crafted young adult novel set during the brutal and desperate Dunkirk evacuation.
The concept is strong one, but a good work of teen fiction, unfortunately this is not.