Like Immortal Sergeant, this is a novel of a unit of soldiers in action -- this time a Commando unit both in training in England and in action in Norway and France. And once again there is a psychological pattern running through the external story in the character of nineteen-year old O'Donovan, who -- contrary to all expectations, turns out to be a born soldier and a good leader. A sensitive perfectionist, attempting to better himself as a man and as an artist, he proves his adequacy as a soldier in the Norway raids. He also proves his maturity as a man in his relationship with Carol, the Captain's sister, with whom he falls in love and Carol, through her love for him, breaks with all the stuffy code of tradition and security of her family and class. A good blend of action, romance, and the individual trials which these involves. But on the whole, not up to the first book though its sale can be gauged by that.