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Enjoyed this as much as the first, and look forward to Jack Tanner 3: Darkest Hour A really good read that's full of action and drama associated with the battle for France at the start of WW2. The book has some very good characters on both sides of the conflict and is very fast paced which lends itself well to the turbulent times it depicts. The book is well written and is thoroughly recommended for all interested in the early days of WW2. Always a good read It is not just blood and guys but there is a good Story to follow through. With victory and history wrapped up in one. Jun 23, M.
Webb rated it really liked it. Second in the series. Tanner is very similar to Richard Sharpe but after a break, I think I will read the remaining books. Mar 08, Smithers rated it it was amazing. Another really enjoyable read that combines fiction and meticulous attention to detail. The novel provided fresh, challenging, insights for me into life on the front line and in some respects brought them more into line with those I had formed with respect to the Great War.
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I really hope James decides to write a further series! Aug 19, James rated it liked it. I struggled to rate this one, but have finally decided that it deserves a 3. I don't really know how to review this book, as there was no stand out parts - neither good, nor bad. I think that the best and worst that can be said of it is that it is a solid, good read. Apart from that though there was nothing much else to comment on. The characters were well written I suppose. Jack Tanner was of course I struggled to rate this one, but have finally decided that it deserves a 3.
Jack Tanner was of course the most in depth, and continued to show the characterisation that was developed in the opening book. His comrades were well done, with Sykes and Hepworth being stand out characters that had well-developed depth and distinct characterisations. It was interesting to see the enmity between Blackstone and Tanner, with Blackstone being well written for a one novel character and the history between the two serving to entice the reader as to Tanner's History. The plot line was a bit gargled though.
There was no specific target like in Odin's Mission when they had to return from behind enemy lines, rather there were loads of minor conflicts and trials that they had to overcome. It was interesting to see the WW2 from the "soldier's perspective", and thought that it was really well researched and fell into the same understanding that I had over the whole situation.
There was true realisation of the failings of the French - they really were that dismal - and the BEF; but I did think that the BEF was let of lightly. At the outbreak of the war we - the Allies - were seriously unprepared, we still had the mindset of 'static armies' and 'trench warfare' and that coupled with our blind ignorance of the mounting military presence in Germany was the reason for our early defeats.
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However, this book seemed to shift the blame more onto the French, however while this may be true we were not 'perfect' by any means. Overall this was a solid book. It has been tagged as the 'Sharpe of WWII', and while I can see and appreciate the parallel, I don't believe that these books hold a light to the Cornwell's Napoleonic adventures.
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This book was good though, and I would happily suggest it to anyone looking for good, solid historical fiction. I said in my previous review that I was surprised anyone had taken on a military fiction of WWII, but this more than does it justice. May 07, Robin Carter rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the classic war story brought to the readers of today, for some reason many readers are put off going and picking up some of the classic war stories and thrillers by great writers like Mclean and Higgins, and there has been a sad lacking in the market of new writers until recently.
James Holland brings a classic squaddie hero to the fore, and thrusts him into dark and dangerous situations and brings the war to life in all its dark gory glory, War should be a distasteful tale it should be This is the classic war story brought to the readers of today, for some reason many readers are put off going and picking up some of the classic war stories and thrillers by great writers like Mclean and Higgins, and there has been a sad lacking in the market of new writers until recently.
James Holland brings a classic squaddie hero to the fore, and thrusts him into dark and dangerous situations and brings the war to life in all its dark gory glory, War should be a distasteful tale it should be grim and it should also be heroic and full of adventure, and these books give you all that, for some its a little too close and a little to real given that its still in living memory for so many and so many releatives, but that should not mean we lose the pride we can gain from tales, even fictional ones, because i hope they lead readers to go read the true stories.
This latest offering by Holland is great fun to read, the same paced plot, well rounded characters and well thought out plot. Jul 03, Dave Wood rated it liked it. I read the first in this book in this series a while back as well - that's. The books are very well researched and give good background to the war what was happening and the reasons Commanders made decisions. Unfortunately the characters are very one dimensional - e. Having said that the books are quite fun light reads, very like the Bat I read the first in this book in this series a while back as well - that's.
Having said that the books are quite fun light reads, very like the Battle and Commando books of old. Feb 12, Wolf Archer rated it it was amazing. It is a gripping story at every turn. Like the Sharpe series Jack Tanner has to have enemies within his own ranks and Holland has done an amazing job of creating such characters and the suspense on every turn of the page was wonderful. For those who love the historical aspect, you will not be disappointed.
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The accuracy mixed with a brilliant storyline is spot on. It is a story I had spent a few years writing with the same idea as following in the footsteps on Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. Wh It is a gripping story at every turn. When I started reading I couldn't believe how similar my storyline was to this, only James Holland had done a better job of it. Aug 19, Huw Rhys rated it it was ok.
This is a thinly veiled historical account of one Regiment's experience around the Dunkirk evacuation. Although this "series" is labelled as a "Sharpe for WW2", I find the characters very flimsy, any humour very strained, and the attempts to dramatize the events a little forced and unbelievable. James Delingpole's early attempts at producing a series of character novels based around WW2 events leave James Holland standing, I'm afraid.
Nevertheless, a good historical yarn, and not a complete waste This is a thinly veiled historical account of one Regiment's experience around the Dunkirk evacuation. Nevertheless, a good historical yarn, and not a complete waste of time reading it - but I have read much better on the same themes. Apr 08, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: I really like historical books so a fictional story based on real events really calls to me. I also love a story when small men can be heroes and heroes can behave all but heroic at times.
The language is easy but the author manages to fill the story with military terms made easy to understand by the setting.
Dec 29, John Brunlees rated it really liked it. Jack Tanner grew on me in the second title of the series. The book really brings to life how horrible war can be.
It was a while since I read this but I can still remember the chaotic scenes of the retreat to Dunkirk and how last ditch the final defence must have been.