My friend and co-blogger over at Close to the Bone (www.craigrobertdouglas.com) Craig Douglas has finally released this long-awaited collection of stories.
‘Tales from the Frontline’ is exactly what it says on the cover – it’s a collection of stories inspired by Craig’s time in the British Army. Serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Cyprus Afghanistan and Iraq, Craig got plenty of inspiration.
These short stories are beautifully written, with lots of description. Craig’s writing is really evocative and I felt I was in the stories. Many of these stories are hard-hitting and difficult to read because you know Craig’s stories really are happening. The stories are a mixture of humour, grit and poignancy. Craig tries to write in different styles, giving each of his individual characters a believable voice. Some of the characters aren’t politically correct, nor do they hold back with colourful language – this just adds to the realism.
This is a really important read for anyone – it shows what war really means to those on the frontline: before, during and after service.