A New Kind of War takes us back to the Greece and Germany of 1945 - as the old kind of war comes to its official end. Why has David Audley broken the British-Greek truce? And furthermore, why did his brigadier order his actions? Is it just coincidence that Audley is surprised near Delphi by Captain Fattorini of the Royal Engineers?
As a result of that unfortunate encounter, Fattorini finds himself in occupied Germany as the newest member of TRR-2: a special intelligence unit engaged in a dangerous and brutal game. It is not until he at last meets Audley's mysterious brigadier that Fattorini learns the full truth about his own assignment in the ill-omened Teutoburg Forest.
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Perfect marriage of story and narrator
Yes, in fact I have already listened to it several times and it gets better each time. I have listened to a lot of Price's books and on mature consideration this is my favourite, although The '44 Vintage comes a very close second.
It is not just because they are both narrated by Dominic Mafham. It is also because they are both set in the immediate aftermath of the war on mainland Europe. They have an edge because they are tied up with matters of life and death and the emergence of the Cold War, something which is played out in the later novels but can occasionally seem a little contrived although they are still enjoyable.
There is tension right from the start with a mysterious meeting in the mountains of Greece and the lead character is a great guide. He takes the reader with him as he tries to work out what is going on until it is explained in all its horror later on.
There are so many vivid set pieces, too many to list, but the appearance of The Brigadier in charge of the unit is spellbinding.
Quite a few. It was very good to meet a very young David Audley, he is much more open and volatile. Fred Fatorini is well rounded and interesting and I was very taken with Amos de Souza. This book is so full of vivid characters and they are all brought to life so beautifully in the reading.
His voice and delivery are perfect for this book. The story is driven by dialogue and he manages to get the perfect voice from the easy, confident Guards voice of de Sousa to the classless and rather terrifying Clinton and the wonderfully funny driver who is saying more than he appears with his chatter. Mafham manages to infuse so much into the occasional one-word answers.
Price usually uses some real historical background and the setting in this book is part of what is left of the frontier the Romans built in Germany. It has a real relevance to the story that is being played out in the book and feels integral rather than being added on for a bit of colour.