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Not what it's hailed to be!
on 27 February 2012
As a "fan" of all things World War 1 - from Birdsong to Blackadder - this book was a little disappointing. The plot was good but was tediously drawn out although the execution of Edmund Hart and Laurence's own flash back towards the end of the book were well written and very moving. There were too many coincidences and chance meetings for my liking and the last chapter just seemed to fizzle out - epilogue was good though!
My biggest problem with the book was, however, not the author, or the characters or the plot but the "picture" on the front cover and the "review" on the front cover from "The Independant"!!
Surely the clothing, particularly on the woman, is wrong for the era????!!!! A minor point I know but it really irritated me!
And "The Independant" called this book - The new Birdsong, only better. NO NO NO! The plot cannot be in anyway compared to Birdsong, the writing is not of the same standard, the characters do not capture the reader in the way Stephen, Jack Firebrace,Wier, Isabelle, Elizabeth etc capture you and make you care.
Back to this book - it's OK. Good job for a debut and worth a read but don't expect too much from it.