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Jack Ludlow , Jonathan Keeble
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1 Dec 2011
1936. Having returned from Abyssinia, soldier of fortune Cal Jardine is convinced by his abhorrence of fascism to travel to Barcelona and help facilitate rival athletic games to the Berlin Olympics. But now he finds himself in Spain as the first shots of civil war ring out; and friendship, love, and political conviction converge to persuade Jardine to stay and once again embroil himself in foreign war. Discovering that the British athletes attending the games are keen to enlist for the fight, Jardine agrees to train them into a professional force. With old army comrade Vince Castellano and his beautiful interpreter Florencia Gardiola by his side, Jardine leads the athletes through the street battles of Barcelona and onto the fighting in the Catalan countryside, acquiring famous friends and effective allies along the way - as well as dangerous enemies. Manfred Drecker is a German communist diehard, who brooks no moral qualms in his deadly determination to see Spain transformed into a socialist state under the rule of the Soviet Union. Having witnessed his trickery and torture, Jardine is already on his guard against Drecker; but when murderous betrayal blights his previous fortune, Jardine will go to any lengths to seek suitable revenge ...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Soundings Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407929208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407929200
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Jack Ludlow is the pen name of writer David Donachie, who was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in the Roman Republic as well as the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which he drew on for the many historical adventure novels he has set in that period. David lives in Deal with his partner, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook.

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'A rip-roaring page-turner with considerable depth. A vivid, authentic flavour of those turbulent times, laced as it is with carefully worked-in historical detail that's informative without being intrusive' --Historical Novels Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Second In Series Barely Scores 25 Sep 2011
This is Ludlow's 2nd in a series following Cal Jardine as he works his was into the conflicts prior to World War Two. Jardine, an arms smuggler who helped the Ethiopians in the first book and here helps the Spanish Republicans. Battling Nazis, communists and other no-goodniks, the ubiquitous Jardine is sure to escape every scrape.

Ludlow, who worked well in the past in dealing with the Romans, needs to do a bit more homework in the 20th century. A character here in 1936 discusses Stalin's murder of Trotsky. A little problem considering the fact that Trotsky was murdered in 1940!

It looks like Jardine in heading to the Sudentenland next. I'm sure he will smuggle some guns, rescue some attractive females and try to save the world. What a shocker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second installment Spain 2 Nov 2011
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This is the second book in this series for Jack Ludlow. I loved the idea of this Roads to War, but this man writes in a way that is difficult to read. His sentences "run on" and by the time you reach the end you sometimes forget what the beginning was about. His ideas a great however, and if you can stand to be jerked around mentally, by his style of writing, you will enjoy the book. This one is about Spain in about 1939. The fascists and communists are fighting each other in a Spanish venue. The story line is quite different and keeps one reading. You want to see what happens to the characters, we all know what happened in Spain during their Civil War.
Franco and the fascists won. If you can put up with the long sentences, you will like the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The march to War 16 Nov 2012
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This book was enthralling for me....being within my life time...... a fasinating gripping account of the Spanish civil war...... looking forward to reading The Bitter Field another episode in the march to the secound world war...
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4.0 out of 5 stars DD Update 5 Sep 2012
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Excellent follow on from The burning Shore giving insight into the chaos of the Spanish civil War and the varios factions
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable! 6 Dec 2011
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This is Jack Ludlow's second book in the series `The Roads to War' and it's even better than his first one `The Burning Sky'.

I find this author's writing style so relaxing and descriptive that as a reader one becomes totally engrossed by the events, the characters and the action. On many occasions I had to force myself to put the book down.

Jack Ludlow tends to place his novels in real historical events. In book one it was in Abyssinia in the 1930's and this time in Spain during the Spanish Civil War (July 1936-April 1939). Although the novel is a work of fiction the author does a great job in educating the reader from a historical perspective. I was not aware that the conflict between the Nationalists and the Republicans was so complex. It involved the clash of political dogma of many persuasions and also the participation of foreign powers with conflicting intentions.

I would highly recommend this book for its readability, its enjoyment and its insights into real historical events.
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