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A Bitter Field: 3 (Roads to War) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Ludlow
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1938. As Hitler sets his sights on the Sudetenland, not everyone in Britain is willing to appease him. Convinced that the Fuehrer’s land-hunger is insatiable, the head of the SIS recruits Cal Jardine to help him prove Czechoslovakia is threatened with invasion. Before heading undercover to Prague, however, Jardine must first extricate himself from France, where his attempts to smuggle guns to Spain have been held up by a group of fanatical fascists. In their struggle to overthrow the French government, they are prepared to kill for the sake of procuring weapons.

Finally arriving in Czechoslovakia, working undercover for the SIS proves no less dangerous. As jealousy and mutual suspicions within Secret Service ranks make it impossible for Jardine to tell friend from foe, he rediscovers old friends of dubious loyalty and makes new enemies of untested ruthlessness.

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077ROMBM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Boys own read but with good history background. 14 Sept. 2013
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Although the Road to War books are rather Boy's own, his stories flow within credible historical
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Bought three from this particular period by Jack Ludlow - have proved to be great holiday reading material. He has a good range of subject material - especially the current Roman-era tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric,pre WW2 stylish,political spy and action story 18 Sept. 2013
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In a style reminding John Buchan and Erskine Childers the hero of Ludlow,Callum Jardine, a typical British old boy fights together with his SIS chum the good fight against Fascism and Nazism in 1938 in France ,Spain and mostly Czechoslovakia.
This is the third volume of the Road to War trilogy of Jack Ludlow and the best one.The novel is remarkable not only for its clever and original plot but also for the faithful and honestly realistic recreation of that era and its atmosphere,showing the doubts uncertainties and divided loyalties existing in GB and Europe on the big political issues of the times.It is worth mentioning that this is not a simple them and us story but it shows the divisions within the British Establishment and the European ones on the significance and the handling of the big political issues of the time such as Spain,Mittel Europa,the beginnings of the Jewish persecution and Hitler,the appeasement atmosphere and the undercurrents working against it.
The principal characters are well sketched and their Britishness is only the external amusing shell,they are deeply and believably described as real commited fighters and their competence and skills are the qualities of the experienced operative not those of a James Bond.
Faithful to their British persona they do the right thing less by deep political conviction and more from their sense of decency,fairness and old fashioned patriotism.
Cal Jardine undertakes the mission to establish whether Czechoslovakia will fight if attacked by Germany,how the German Generals will accept this order by Hitler,all that in Neville Chamberlain's England of appeasement and avoidance of war at the expense of Hitler's victim countries.
It is a well written story with the twists and turns of a good thriller but it is a bit more than that,a glimpse at another era through both details and big events skillfully weaved together.
The pace of the novel is not modern hectic but matches the pace of those times fast or slow as it should be.It would appeal a lot to readers that know something of the history of that period and those places which are accurately,stylishly and honestly recreated in the book
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