Thursday, January 16, 2014
4. Cry Wolf by Wilbur Smith
This a random read, completely out of my schedule, a book not even in my TBR. This also happened to be my second experience with Wilbur Smith, the first being an entertaining read, River God, which was a very different kind of book, set in an entirely different time and space.
Cry Wolf is a war fiction based on the 1935 Italian attack on Ethiopia, a deplorable event, a testimony to the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations (not that the current United Nations is doing such a stellar job). There seems to be a lot of errors and omissions from the actual event of attack, which may still be forgiven for this being a fictional account. But the book isn't much otherwise either, some bravado, some romance, a pinch of humour and a lot of craziness; but it fails to make a mark, emotional or otherwise. I probably would have been more moved by a well written account of a war between Martians and Plutonians.
An average read, I doubt I will sample more of what Wilbur Smith has to offer.