AMAZON FIVE STARS Fantastic By diebus
"The Last Boat" by John F. Hanley is the eagerly awaited sequel to "Against the Tide",
which ended with the outbreak of WWII.
The second book takes us to the evacuation of Dunkirk and Allied troops from
Northern France. I was amazed at the amount of detail the book was able to supply.
So much happened in such a short time span at the beginning of the war that few
of us can imagine the multitude of factors that came into play for the people of
the Channel Islands and Northern France: Where to escape to, how to escape
and how far exactly the Germans had progressed, to name a few.
The book gives a rich and realistic impression of the invasion and its progress.
Most of the cast from the previous book return and so several personal
dramas and issues between the main characters are still to be resolved and these add
splendidly to the illustration of the uncertainty of the time. Written in excellent prose and rich in plot
the book was hard to put aside, with new turns, dramas and events in nearly every chapter.
Civilian and military considerations, espionage, some precious cargo and personal tragedies mingle with
historical events, such as the eventual seizing of the Channel Islands. The book is an amazing
compilation of data and facts and with its great characters and plot historical fiction at its best.
It gets to show how much there was to events that in most history books only get a sentence
or two, and how much there is to say and feel about them.
This is a gripping and compelling read as much as it is informative. Highly recommended.
Comments on “The Last Boat” from reviewers.
• Muscular authenticity • An extremely enjoyable read. You have brought the pain and suffering of the second world war to life. • This is intense, exciting, and frightening • An excellent action-packed account. • This is a gripping example of historical fiction which taught me a great deal. The loss of life in this tragedy was on a scale that is really hard to come to terms with.
•Action Packed - writing at its best •I enjoyed this very much. All the little details sprinkled throughout the story showed that you knew your stuff. The other thing that really impressed me was the way you seem to have captured feel of the time.
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