• 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.

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Sunday Telegraph
  • A work of formidable imaginative scope ... Elton has created an extraordinary moral atmosphere, eschewing the cliches and usual derivations from writers such as Sassoon, Graves or Manning ... the writing is so good, the language so surprisingly subtle and the characters so beautifully delineated

    Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
  • Elton writes a good crime story with lots of twists and excitement.

    Henry Sutton, The Mirror
  • ...extremely good and compelling as Elton's graphic descriptions of the skinny strip of land that formed The Front truly bring alive the horror of that war and the unstoppable flow of young lives being snuffed out by the enemy's bayonet.

    Lucy Clark, Sunday Telegraph, Sydney
  • An impressive novel

    Sydney Morning Herald

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