I received a mobi.file copy of this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing and this is my honest opinion.
When you hear the name Ian Fleming you immediately think of James Bond, but practically everyone doesn’t realized that he’s the author behind the movie Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang which is based on the children’s book he wrote by the name.
Although Leonard Wibberley had written over 100 books he’s best remembered for the first book in the series which this book is the prequel for, The Mouse That Roared; which is probably due to the movie starring Peter Sellers.
In this book the tiny, backward thinking Duchy of Grand Fenwick is, according to a rascally Irish knight, about to be invaded by the French with a new weapon of mass destruction, the cannon.
As expected, a simple plan to have the Duchy drop their differences with the Irish in order to join forces to defeat the French enemy goes awry when Sir Roger's daughter, the Lady Matilda becomes unduly enamored in the Irish knight who brought the news concerning the French invasion. In the end, somehow, despite their shortcomings, they persevered and defeated the French who promised never to attack the Duchy again; which became the precedent of what would happen to them 500 years later when they decided to invade the US, a time at which they still insisted on using the longbow as their choice of combat weapons.
Once you get by the British dry wit and humor which prevalent in this book and its sequel The Mouse That Roared, you’re left with a wonderful satirical work of literature about the time period these stories takes place.
For the wonderful satirical story the author has written here, I’m giving it 5 STARS.