Very good and very well written. Much better detail than Fireforce but not so romantic as Cocks novel deals with the RLI and paints a real macho story while Dead Leaves is the story of a territorial soldier caught in the mundane training and postings of a civil war. Vividly detailed, it is a must read for anyone interested in the Bush War.
***Amazon Review - August 12, 2007***
I really enjoyed this book. It's written from the common soldier's point of view. That's significant for two reasons. He didn't serve in an elite unit like the SAS, Selous Scouts, or the RLI (Rhodesian Light Infantry) so what you've got here is a good story from a draftee (national serviceman), an "average joe". With that comes the sort of disgruntled outlook that you might expect from a somewhat disinterested conscript. It's a definite departure from books written by Charlie Warren, Chris Cocks, and Dennis Croukamp. I'm sure that sounds more harsh and unfair than I intended. This is not a story about a hard driving light fighter, but about an introverted kid thrown into the arena of combat with everyone else. The book is beautifully written, but at times, the smugness can get on your nerves. [In fairness to the author, he recognizes this "smugness" and charges it to youth.] His guilt about killing was a little taxing at times. It was war. You kill people because people are trying to kill you. That's all there is. Still, that's not enough to detract from the book and I heartily recommend it. Very good! Oh, I forgot the technical stuff. There is a map, bonus. There is a glossary of terms, good. There's no index but it really doesn't need one. Great book dude!
***Amazon Review - February 25, 2010***