This story starts out with the main character - Sergeant-Major Geordie Sharp - going into the Brecon Beacons with his ten years old son whom he hasn't seen for a long time. He wants him to see the place where his SAS career started. When they get to the top his son starts questioning him about his life in the SAS, so to give him an idea of what it was like he tells him about an adventure he and an SAS team had in Africa. So far so good. But then he seems to forget that he is telling the story to a ten year old. Would he really use the language that the story contains? Would he really describe some of the scenes that he does to a ten year old? I think not! The beginning and end of the tale (where he returns to talking to his son) are disconnected from the main story by this major gaff.
Geordie Sharp is, in my estimation, not a plausible character. For someone who has spent years with the SAS, carried out innumerable covert tasks in many different countries, led men in all sorts of situations, to behave as he does in this story is not in the least credible. The story also, which begins well enough, seems to drift into the realms of fantasy. No! I did not like it one little bit!...Continua