Saturday, July 03, 2010

People firing guns

Commando: Fire!, by Ferg Handley and Macabich

A rare instance of this war picture library title not being set in the Second World War, Fire! features an Austrian artillery company who somehow find themselves caught up in the American Civil War. This is not great, frankly. The Austrians find themselves fighting on the side of the South, which allows for plenty of plucky against-the-odds action, but presenting all the Northerners as cackling villains seems a but odd. The book also fails to give any impression whatsoever as to what the war was about, surely a bit of a missed opportunity.

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