• "A subtle unfolding of character and history camouflaged in battle-dress-an absorbing portrait of lives lived at the edges of terror and beauty. Koch is a powerful writer and this is a fine book"

    Erica Wagner, The Times
  • "A gripping tale, a convincing, page turning evocation of recent history, full of compelling characters, tumultuous events and just plain excitement"

    Richard Bernstein, New York Times
  • "Magnificent-in its humanity and honesty, and the maturity of its storytelling, it belongs with the finest products of that sad and wasteful history"

    Michael Hulse, Spectator

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