As Miles and his men face the harsh reality of battle we witness, through his eyes, acts of friendship and enmity, ambition and frailty, courage and cowardice, and love and betrayal. We also see the caprice of fortune. Yet there are moments of hilarity and periods of great fun. The intensity of life in the front line – makeshift living conditions, constant shelling and ever-present fear – casts Miles’ earlier days into sharp relief. And, as he comes face to face with the impact of the war and his times, he also senses that Britain’s power and prestige are dwindling.
His prose is taut, his ear for class nuance sure, his characters well-drawn at all levels. A compulsively readable story, the Forgotten War comes vividly alive. (from back cover)
There is an infectious sense of fun as well as a melancholy. It is years since I enjoyed a novel quite so much and I recommend it unreservedly to readers. (from back cover)
I enjoyed ‘On Fire’ enormously. It presents a wonderfully vivid picture of the experience of Korea for young officers of the British Army. It is a campaign that deserves to be much better known than it is, and John Ogden has made a notable contribution to keeping alive its memories. (from back cover)
He has lovingly recreated the atmosphere of a British Infantry battalion of the Korean War with great skill and an accurate eye for period detail. An excellent read and a haunting evocation of a long-vanished era. (from back cover)
Most moving. Having published many first novelists it is a pleasure to welcome a new talent of mature years. (from back cover)