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By Alan Judd
After collage and Sandhurst, Charles Thoroughgood has now joined the attack Commados and is on a four-month journey of responsibility in Armagh and Belfast. The thankless job dealing with him and his males -- to patrol the tension-filled streets via weeks of boredom punctuated by means of bursts of horror -- takes them via instances of tragedy, insanity, laughter and terror.
Alan Judd tells Thoroughgood's story with verve, compassion and humour. the result's a very advantageous novel which blends sour human incident with military farce.
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