Saturday, 21 May 2011

Grey Wolves by Robert Muchamore: Good Idea, but Poor Execution.

Maybe should have been called 'Concrete Pourers'
I was really looking forward to Grey Wolves. When I was young I read lots of Commando comics and and had a great book called 'Adventure Stories for Boys' that was pretty much crazy war stories. Grey Wolves looked set to take me back to that awesome part of my childhood. But this time it would be a bunch of young teenage spies taking on the unstoppable march of the Nazis, how could it go wrong?

Well it's a bit dull and the characters aren't really likeable. There's nothing like infiltrating Nazi occupied France just so you can build submarine pens and sit about in bars getting drunk. Booze leads to inevitable fights but happily all the teenagers have been trained by some Japanese bloke and are invincible in unarmed combat.

The final nail in the 'I didn't enjoy this' coffin was the amount of mistakes. Nonsensical sentences and spelling mistakes litter the book. At one point two communists enter a room but three leave.It all gave it the feel of being rushed out to meet a deadline rather than been given the attention it needed.

Which is a real shame because I'd have loved a good war time spy romp and I expect kids would too.

If I haven't put you off you can get Grey Wolves here for a few quid.