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on 6 November 2013
Again, I must apologise but I gave up on this. It is just dull.
It reads like a regurgitation of the Official History - just an endless, hugely detailed narrative that seems to lose the bigger picture. There is doubtless a place for this sort of book but I found it unrewarding reading.
Stylistically the frequent use of single inverted commas is annoying beyond words. It is the sort of prose you get in Staff Collage 'documents'. I also found the odd 'random fact' that gets 'thrown in' here or there like such and such an Admiral being the ugliest man in the Royal Navy actually detracts from the 'text' as they 'add nothing' and reinforce the idea this book needed to have been 'pared down' in the editing. The narrative is not well supported by the maps either. After an endless amount of flicking back and forward and squinting to try and discern exactly what was going on and where I just gave in.
A very worthy topic and the author is clearly all over his sources. It is just not well presented.