Saturday, 28 June 2014
A Bitter Field - Jack Ludlow
The third and final part of the "Roads to War" trilogy, I found A Bitter Field the weakest of the three. It's as if Ludlow has decided three is it for Cal Jardine and kind of lost interest. It's a shame because for me the setting - the Sudetenland on the very eve of Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia - is by far the most interesting of the trilogy. Nevertheless there are thrilling points (albeit the most thrilling - smuggling guns out of France - is the first third of the book), amusing points (Cal acting as interpreter), and a compelling sense of authenticity. One thing's for sure - you can rely on Ludlow's research. Enjoyable but not great.