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★★☆☆☆

“Don't expect anything like the taut and finely-tuned...”

Written on: 28/05/2006 by Fiona Malloch (1 review written)

Good Points
A brave attempt at historical fiction.

Bad Points
The author's use of language such as 'horrendous' and 'window of opportunity' which I found out of place. A clich -ridden piece of work - every WW1 clich is here, with some unbelievable turns in the story.

General Comments
Don't expect anything like the taut and finely-tuned writing style of Sebastian Faulkes or the depth and horror of Pat Barker. Expect, instead, an average read of an average story averagely told. I approached The First Casualty with an open mind never having read any Ben Elton, was impressed by the dedication to his grandfathers, but ultimately disappointed in the read. Although I felt he'd researched his subject quite well, there was very little new here and I found him self-conscious in his integration of historical fact.