I enjoyed the first 80% of this book as it gave me an insight into the life of a (gay) soldier. We see the reasons for him joining up, we find out about the pressures of being on parade and follow him into active service overseas. I wasn’t aware of the connection to Prince Harry when I bought the book and it’s fair to say that this is only a very small fraction of the book as a whole (so don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of the Royal family). I did find the last 20% of the book a little less gripping when James comes home from active service and decides to tell young people what it like to be gay in the army.
I would recommend this book to others – and as a fellow gay man I understand a lot of the feelings and frustrations that he experienced. There is plenty more to this story than simply being gay, but don’t read this story if you don’t want to read about this.