The Long Patrol by Brian Jacques

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AuthorBrian Jacques
TitleThe Long Patrol
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by PK 
(Feb 06, 2006)

This is the third book in the Redwall series I have read and I have enjoyed it immensely!
It is a story about a hare name Tammo who is the son of a former Colonel of the Long Patrol, a group of elite fighting hares. Tammo wants to follow in his fathers paw steps but the Colonel doesn’t want to let him join. With some help from his mother and a an old family friend named Russa Tammo runs away from home in order to become one of the famed warriors. Tammo does not have an easy journey though being attacked by Rapscallions, an evil hoard of sea-faring vermin; luckily the hares of the Long Patrol are there to save the day. Tammo joins up with the hares and he soon finds himself on a much more important mission; to defend Redwall Abbey against the great Rapscallion army.

The story is entertaining and filled with many interesting and unique characters. The story is never repetitive and the characters are always getting into weird and dangerous situations. The is plenty of action and even some romance. Although no book is perfect and there are three things that irritate me about this one.

1. The extremely annoying and insufferable mole speech which plagues the pages through out the book.

2. Brian Jacques’ obsession with describing the meals consumed by the characters.

3. The lack of focus on the Rapscallions and their side of the story. I wish that it had been more like Salamandastrom where there was much more detailed and interesting commentary relating to what Ferahgo and his army were up to.

Apart from these few flaws I think that this is an intriguing story that any Redwall fan or newcomer to the series would enjoy. This is another one of those books you just can’t put down.

Submitted by GINDI 
(Oct 08, 2004)

One of the best book of the Redwall series I have ever read was The Long Patrol. It's energetic climax and secondary characters make this book a favourite.
In this book, a young hare (Tammo) embarks on a jorney that will change his entire life. He and Russa (An old wanderer) are traveling to Redwall Abbey where the Long Patrol will hopefully recruit Tammo as a Long Patrol Hare. But before they could get there, plots arise and they both come under threat from a band of vermin. Then the Long Patrol saves them from a bloodbath, and that's where the story becomes better.

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