“Adventure, journey's, danger, battles, pirates, bravery, loyal friends, A Redwall book.”Michelle wrote this review Sunday, March 1, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this adventurous book. It makes myself feel the feelings of the young rabbit, Tammo going on an adventure of a lifetime. Very well written just like the other Redwall books. ”Karenn ♥ wrote this review Friday, January 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is very good. It's like the other Redwall books I've read, action filled and enthralling. Brian Jaques is a genius with words.”Timor Y wrote this review Thursday, December 11, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is up near the top of my favorite Redwall books.”Brittney R wrote this review Friday, May 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this was probably the funniest book in the series. my favorite character was bella the badger lord.”stephen m wrote this review Wednesday, May 7, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is soooooooooo exciting!!!! it's one of the best books i ever read!!! ”arita A wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i always love hearing about the long patrol hares. the story line is a small bit lacking in comparison to Jacques's others, but that says almost nothing, seeing how all of his story lines are fabulous.”LC wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““…perilous and dangerous the beast they call the hare”—such is the theme of Jacques’s stellar tenth addition to the series. Tamello De Fformelo Tussock, youngest offspring of two famed Long Patrol fighters, wants nothing more than to follow in his parents’ footsteps and join that renowned group of fighting hares. But when he runs away under the protection of Russa Nodrey, a wily and reclusive squirrel, he has no idea of the adventure on which he will be embarking.
After recovering from wounds inflicted during their late fray with the hordes of Salamandastron, the dreaded Rapscallions, a huge army of greatrats led by the fearsome Damug Warfang, are about to sally forth on a new campaign of terror. And this time they have their sights set on Redwall Abbey, which has just seen its South Wall crumble due to an underground river and a freak storm.
All that stands between the peaceful denizens of Redwall and the wrath of the greatrats, is the lone detachment of Long Patrol hares who have been tracking the Rapscallion army at the behest of their Bloodwrath-stricken Badger Lady, Cregga Rose Eyes. It is this jolly little band of fighters with whom Russa and Tammo find themselves after an almost-fatal tangle with a stray Rapscallion regiment.
The story that unfolds over the next 250 pages is a rapidly paced tale covering the whole of the Redwall lands, taking us from the crumbling walls of Redwall Abbey, through Mossflower Woods, to the battlements of Salamandastron, and back again. Jacques has spun a fascinating story of bravery, honor, and sacrifice.
Apart from a weak subplot involving the remains of the Castle Kotir which lies beneath Abbey, I would fault The Long Patrol only for its bumbling bad guys and a few misplaced incidents of childish humor. Jacques’s mastery of language is superb, his dialogue leaps off the page, and his characters, while perhaps not brilliant, are likeable and believable. This is the best of the series.