on 17 April 2013
I'm a big fan of the Raj Whitehall / The General series and I heartily recommend the previous books to you
- however this one does not get my vote.
Raj & Centre appear in a different way to previous iterations - perhaps the idea of them guiding a child to maturity was a 'step too far' - Raj becomes a beardy grumbling guy and Centre a high pitched, lecturing, pedant.
The supporting cast - so well done in earlier books - are reduced in this one to two dimensional and , bluntly, uninteresting bystanders. Even the chief baddie is finally revealed, at his death, to be a rather pathetic puppet.
I hesitate to say it but I've finally met a Drake Battle scene that didn't stir me!
This is set up for a sequel - but as our hero is left in a clerical/ military school at the end, I'm left hoping for a stunning sequel, but fearing the worst.