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  • Beautifully written

    In comparison with the outstanding Troy stories, there was a risk that a new character would fall short; or that themes could be repeated with tiredness. Not so: this book contains an engaging book with characters who come alive. This alone would rate a 'recommend'. However, beyond this Mr Lawton writes some beautiful prose. The middle section of the book is riveting. A 6 star book.

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  • A rich, moreish fruitcake of a book.

    A great story, superbly constructed and beautifully told. I loved Lawton's use of language - deep and fruity enough to draw you in, and at the same time fast enough to make it hard to put the book down.

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  • What a story!

    Joe Holderness (Wilderness) grows up during and after the London Blitz learning "life skills" at the foot of his grandfather and his grandfather's mistress among a cast of other London based characters. As he gets older he joins the RAF and comes under the wing (!) of a senior officer whose remit largely involves espionage. Other characters come into the story from the Russian and American armies and from German families affected by the war. The principal characters meet up in the melting pot which Berlin has become and the stories continue at a cracking pace until JFK's morale building visit which followed the establishment of the partition between East and West. There is drama, humour and a very well drawn cast of characters and the whole novel is written in a detailed yet entertaining style. If you like the genre this book is NOT TO BE MISSED.

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