I finished the final hundred pages of MacTaggart’s War Friday. It was a good book, but not great. The last 100 pages have a dramatic shift in tone toward graphic violence. And the end just isn’t that satisfying. I’m glad that I read the book, but I can’t recommend it.
With MacTaggart, I’ve now read Ralph Dennis’ oeuvre – all twelve Hardman novels, MacTaggart’s War, Atlanta, and Deadman’s Game. Dennis has been my “go-to” author for fun reading for the past several years. I don’t know that he ever wrote a great novel, but he always kept the pages turning – and that’s no mean feat.