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Wednesday, 6 August 2008
COWARD ON THE BEACH
Coward on the Beach
Never judge a book by the cover - so goes the old adage. But that is precisely the reason I bought this book. The cover art - looking like something from one of the comic books I read as a kid - caught my eye and I bought it just for the illustration. If the book was any good then it would be a bonus.
AND WHAT A BONUS.
It's kind of like an updated Flashman and reads as well as any of the old rogue's adventures
The novel starts off in the present day with the narrator stating that he must be dead, if we are listening to the tapes he recorded for his grandson before his death. He records his wartime exploits and the first person narrative is filled with passion, humour and large, almost poetic passages detailing the grim realities of war.
The book is marked as volume one and there are, I believe, ten planned for the full series. And when vol 2 comes out I'll be first in line for a copy. Dick Coward's adventures in which is tries to distinguish himself on the blood beaches of Normandy whilst worrying about his inheritance are laugh out loud funny but then by a clever literary turn of the coin the author gives us some truly moving sections.
This book is not my usual style of reading matter but I'm now a fan of this series which, I suspect, will build up a cult following over time and I don't think bestseller status is too far away.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 01:07