What a cracker of a book! It fair blew my socks off! The Great Northern War is a period I have had a significant interest in for many years. I used to have a pretty large and extremely gorgeous collection in 6mm but in a moment of madness sold it off some 15 - 20 years ago. This is IMHO one of the best Helion publications to date. Ok, that’s a fairly subjective view but for what it counts, and other people may think they know better, but it is my view. Boris clearly knows his stuff and knows it with a passion. The attention to detail is fantastic and the quality of the translation is good, and the text flows nicely. The book is stuffed full of a massive amount of information, on the build up to the siege, the armies, the commanders, the siege itself, then the aftermath and orders of battle. There is a pretty comprehensive bibliography too. To top it all it is well catered for in terms of some really excellent colour plates and a vast number of black and white illustrations and maps. Well worth the money and deserved of a place on my bookshelf at the very least.