While the novel was centered around an interesting premise of 2 brothers, both fighter pilots fighting on opposite sides in the Second World War, I felt as if it was a rush job. The characters were sketchily drawn and showed little depth. The one figure I found most appalling was an SS officer named Erich Hartmann (which was also the name of the top Luftwaffe fighter ace, who by all accounts, was a very principled man, having survived 10 years of Soviet imprisonment between 1945 and 1955), who came across as the perfect cardboard sadistic villain from central casting, as only Hollywood could create.
Frankly, this novel disgusted me. I had been a thoroughgoing Jack Higgins fan for years. Now I am no longer a fan, preferring only to confine myself to his earlier novels like “THE EAGLE HAS LANDED” and “STORM WARNING.”