I'm not a usual consumer of the "boys own" genre, but I've listened to several in this series and will probably keep downloading, especially when on s..Show More »ale. The mysteries are pretty obvious and the writing pedestrian (with a eye for film options judging from the teleplay "action sequences"), but the dialogue sections are snappier and there is always something to learn about WWII - lesser known operations, medical advances, roles of women, etc. No striking amount of character development or well-portrayed emotional angst - but is that what we look for in an easy listen?
The voice of the protagonist is agreeable - working class Boston guy of his day, BUT the voice of the narrator is all wrong. These are easy listens without gratuitous sex or violence. I found each of the four I've listened slow starters but with stories that caught me after a couple of hours. The closest comparison I can think of is Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands series (WWI and 'tween the wars).
The mystery is not as well developed in this 3rd BB book, but the literary value is the best of the 3. All 3 are extremely well written. The events ..Show More »of the 1st 2 books are important in this one, so it's best to read them in order.
This series consistently delivers entertaining and engaging stories. This one adds an interesting backdrop of the Ireland conflict. For further detail..Show More »s, see my review of: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery.