• "Riveting action scenes bristle with a queasy energy, the nightmare of the third battle of Ypres coming horribly alive as we follow Kingsley over the parapet ... unputdownable and disgustingly realistic ... But this unlikely novel is a reminder that Elton is a tireless thinker as well as a pundit, and as he grapples with the moral vacuum at the heart of the war to end all wars, he boldly goes exactly where he always does - to the heart of the matter. And he gives us a good many laughs along the way."

    The Sunday Telegraph