2008
10.11

Last week Friday I got my copy of Seven Troop, at last – and bad luck that it was also a busy week ahead. But I took every little break I had, so finished it in a week. Especially the last 50 pages I found it hard to put down. It’s never boring, of course filled with humour ‘McNab’ style and fast paced.  A bit too fast paced to my liking at times but it’s already over 400 pages, so if I had it my way it would probably have been an unrealistic 800 pages or so.

Somewhat remarkable was that nowhere in the book there is any reference to Andy’s private life, he could have been single all those years. But then it’s not really relevant to the book – and not called ‘private’ for nothing. Besides, it probably takes being a woman that I noticed. Also, the story of the guy leaping the first floor window I’ve heard in different variations but that’s just details.

At the end I found it very moving. A huge part of the book revolves around the mates Andy lost, especially Al, Nish and Frank – but definitely not in the screaming way some articles made you believe. I have not read Nish’ book Freefall but now it’s next on my list and I really want to re-read Franks book Baptism of Fire.

I’m not very good at writing reviews and being a fan it’s hard to write unprejudiced – but I can honestly say that I can’t think of any criticism that I would not write in public. 😉 I really recommend it and got that dual feeling of being glad I finished the book…but being sad that it is.