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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY; Reprint edition (26 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749009543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749009540
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dil on 22 April 2011
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A good first book in a series. Covered a lot of ground for an era that is a little obscure albeit relatively close in historical terms. Loved the genuine attempt to reflect attitudes of the day rather than simply transplanting modern characters with modern attitudes into a historical context. The hero, in particular, is a bit morally ambiguous by modern standards, but thankfully without drifting into trite anti-hero mode.If you liked Indiana Jones then you will probably like this as it is relatively similar in tone without being derivative in content.

If I was ever to cast this as a movie I'd probably look for someone like Richard Armitage or Sean Bean (when he was appearing in the early Sharpe series rather than his more recent roles) as the hero.

I enjoyed this much more than some of the author's other books - although I am not certain why that is - it just felt a little less "drier" than some of the others and bounced along a lot more. Could do with a bit of a glossary explaining what some of the "kit" involved is (i.e. guns, planes, lorries).

I enjoyed readin this book a lot and would recommend it. I shall look forward to the next in the series and definitely buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brookers on 4 May 2011
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Loved both the Republic and Conquest series, so thought that I would buy this book as soon as it came out.

Thoroughly enjoyed The Burning Sky.

Interesting characters, involved in an unusual plot in Ethiopia.

Good Read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr David J Davidson on 29 Jan 2012
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A big change from Rome and Norman Knights but Jack Ludlow pulled off the transition with consumate ease. This was an intriguing look at the turbulent world of the mid to lat 30's where the fascists were starting to flex their muscles. Fortunately in Cal Jardine we have a hero who
is up to the task and the book keeps our attention until the very end.
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Just finished reading this. I love the history behind this fact based novel. Looking forward to reading the next one "A Broken Land".
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First off this is a pretty good read if you like a good old ripping yarn adventure with black hear-ted villains ( plenty about in the 1930's) and larger than life heroes. I enjoyed reading it very much and never mind about "Indiana" Jones, it really reminded me of Dennis Wheatley's hero Gregory Sallust (The Scarlet Impostor etc.). Ludlow's hero Jardine, just like Sallust embodies all the sterling qualities of the good old fashioned British hero and like Sallust can be utterly ruthless when dealing with nasty Nazis etc. he also has a roving eye for the ladies and never misses an opportunity to enjoy favours that are offered.
Great fun, well written, good plot and characters that hit the spot.
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