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Too much of a boys own adventure....
on 8 September 2013
This is the much delayed and (apparently) much anticipated sequel to Rogue Male. The first book was published in 1939, while this book was released in 1982. Much had changed in the 43 years between these two books.
While the first book seemed plausible - a story of revenge and survival, mostly set in the closeted countryside of Dorset - the second seems to be a "boys own adventure", that releases the hero of both stories as an anonymous gentleman killing machine. Knives, rifles and deep muddy bogs are deployed to kill enemy soldiers with an ease that echoes some of the more ridiculous action feature films of the 1980s.
But, in brief passages in the early part of the book, and for about its final 1/3 the book it takes on a more subtle and believable tone. The relentless killing of the first part of the book does take a toll on our now named hero, and he begins to question what he is doing. The scenes where he is being questioned (again) at the end of the book are the best sections of this slim volume.
This is not a long book - less the 160 pages - and it does tie up all the loose ends from Rogue Male. But I think I would only recommend it if you are a real fan of thrillers or action / suspense novels.
As a rider to my review I think I need to say that I don't read very many novels of this type, and this of course may have affected my review.
Proceed with caution.