One of the problems with travelling a lot is that I often end up with multiple books on the go at a time. There is no point in packing a half finished book so I inevitably start a new one on a trip. Inevitably, I tend to finish it half way through and then move on to one I've bought at the airport. So when I get back I have yet another half finished book.
His third book, Blood of Honour, is set during the Crete campaign, about which, other than the island was captured by German paratroops I knew nothing. As you would expect from a World War 2 historian the "big picture" stuff is handled well and informatively without it holding up the action. Others have said that the characterisation in the novels is a bit weak but I wasn't expecting Sebastien Faulks, to be honest. For me what I wanted was some inspirational battle scenes that could be turned into a wargame. In this, Blood of Honour succedes much better than the previous two books. There are assaults on a town, ambushes and battles through vinyards; all good stuff. One of the reviewers on Amazon said that Holland conveyed no sense of place and that the action could have happened anywhere. I have to disagree with this as I think that he gets the feeling of being on a Mediterranean island in the summer very well. His fourth book featuring Jack Tanner is due out next summer. I'll certainly be picking it up when it comes out
Meanwhile, I picked up a batch of undercoated Eighth Army, LRDG and commando figures via someone at Guildford. They need rebasing and undercoating in white before I can work on them but now I'm thinking of getting German paratroops to oppose them rather than Afrika Korps, So maybe I should add my half dozen part-painted Eighth Army figures to my finish before Christmas pile