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"DEAR SON, STAY SAFE": A NOVEL OF GALLIPOLI 1915 (Franklin and Friends in WW1 Book 2)

"DEAR SON, STAY SAFE": A NOVEL OF GALLIPOLI 1915 (Franklin and Friends in WW1 Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Pickles
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"DEAR SON, STAY SAFE" is a book in the "Franklin & Friends in WW1" series with much of it taking place concurrently with book "DARLING BE HOME SOON" & also "DEMURE SARAH, DIVINE ANGEL".
In 1914, Ridley Judde is on the run after a gang battle in Bradford. Joining up, he finds himself in the same platoon of the 8th Battalion, The West Riding Regiment as his Cousin Lt Frank Franklin, soon bound for the Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Turks. Ridley's mother writes often, signing off her letters "Dear Son, Stay Safe" but Ridley rarely writes back to her consternation as he has always been a bit wild. Ridley soon finds his arch-enemy Billy-Boy Lumsden from a rival gang is now in the platoon also.
We witness the seaborne assault at Helles of the 29th Division from the converted collier "S.S. River Clyde" in which Corporal Dan Hagen and the men of the Munsters and Dublins are badly cut up by well entrenched Turkish machine guns. Later, Trooper Paul Hannigan & the Canterbury Mounted Rifles from New Zealand land on a crowded beach soon to be named "ANZAC". They fight amongst the gullies and shrub of the area, lugging guns and water up the steep hills. Later they take part in a grisly burial when a cease fire is arranged and some fraternisation occurs. In May, Franklin and Ridley take part in the equally badly planned and executed landings at Suvla Bay. A Scottish soldier is wounded and found by a young Turkish boy nicknamed "Centipede" and rescued only to be threatened by Hauptmann Schwartzbaum - a German adviser to the Turkish forces. Villagers hoodwink Schwartzbaum who is rescued. Schwartzbaum's woman - Misha - is humiliated and leaves to find the British who may treat her more kindly. Misha finds a wounded Ridley Judde, shoots an enemy deserter and restores Ridley to safety. Misha works at the British Casualty Clearing Station, falling in love with Ridley in the process. At home Franklin's sister Ellie visits Ridley's mother Cora in Bradford and is mugged. Cora's admirer Ned North utilises the gang fraternity to restore Ellie's stolen items but earns deadly enemies on the way. August sees the last big offensive against the Turks but again huge losses are sustained at Helles, ANZAC and Suvla areas and the campaign settles down to trench warfare, sniping and combatting disease, poor food and heat. Ridley is injured again helping Billy-Boy Lumsden in a tough battle and is invalided home to Misha's dismay. Ridley is angry to find Ned with his mother at home. Ned turns out to be on official MI5 business pursuing villains intent on damaging British military interests. Lord Kitchener surveys the sorry battlefield and makes a decision after meeting Misha.
We learn of Lt Franklin's adventures prior to him being torpedoed on the "Zakynthos Dawn" hospital ship as featured in book "DARLING BE HOME SOON" and meet old friends such as the ever inventive stretcher-bearer Arthur Goodkind who manages to treat the wounded with a variety of local herbs and folk remedies as well as getting a bear drunk and using local Kangal dogs to rescue P.O.W.s. Our RAMC Doctor Mortimer Mandrake continues his romance with insecure Nurse Ruth Starling but puts her in danger with an escaped Turkish Captain. The redoubtable Matron Mary McHale helps Ruth through a difficult personal tragedy. Did I mention the Zion Mule Corps, Desert Recluse spiders and Horned Vipers?
The book ends where the various surviving characters find themselves contemplating involvement in the "Big Push" on the Somme of 1916.
A rattling pace is set in this second outing for author Bob Pickles, set amongst the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign which turned out to be a crushing defeat for British, Commonwealth and French forces. More titles are in planning in this exciting series.

About the Author

Bob Pickles only took up historical fiction-writing on retirement, unaware he had any talent for the form. Prior to that he worked as a Protective Packaging & Quality Control Projects Manager for the largest U.K. Mail Order Catalogue Company. Short spells as a bookshop owner & Security Guard saw him into retirement in 2013. Bob's other hobbies include Electric guitars, studying military history & walking three Shih-Tzu dogs. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Bob now lives with his wife of 42 years in their son's house in Cheshire. He is working on a series of six books in the "Franklin & Friends in WW1" series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1211 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: ROBERT STUART PICKLES; 5 edition (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Oct 2014
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This is very good - I should know - I wrote it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 4 Dec 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars they cannot relinquish his work easily. You are resting with the soldiers in the ... 16 Oct 2014
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Reading Bob Pickles work immediately makes a fellow author know that, "I have much to learn," and as I have begun reading Robert's work, I learned that I had to hide it from curious family members, for once a reader begins, they cannot relinquish his work easily. You are resting with the soldiers in the field, and the battle has taken a toll, for blood begins to see and then poor and you are caught going over the life of a child/ and you become the one to whom they speak. There you sit by a bedside in a field hospital, and your conversing with this mother's son. A saintly ghost may appear, and he means no harm. but someone has to get the young men and wounded of all sorts to simply follow on, and mother's loved may reappear while across the room an amputation is going on, a dressing well placed hides the gangrene ravishing fresh like a wild creature turned loose. In scenes and times of horror. one may find conversation being carried on in three settings on two pages--But this is the way a humble genius writes, one like Robert who researched his work 20 years and who knows that the wars fought in old and gentlemanly fashion were apt to have no winners. The food is wretched, a change of clothes and shoes unheard of, and one walks corridors of the sleeping sons. Bob Pickles is a writer in a league of his own. His work is so amazing that one cannot help but to feel you've discovered an author of the Great Past, and the lights will dim, the popcorn scent taste of home, but you are not certain if you can bear one more tin opened, or a good son with eyes, pupils too large that you know there was a last glaze.

A nurse or two might be simply cheeky enough to whisper what is on her mind about the pompous sister who barks orders like a chained pet fed just waiting to have her turn to howl at the moon. I've written things which I am proud of, but when I read Robert's writing, I bow my head and beg to be a pro--O let me become the writer of such conversation, and take me to the villages where the great war paused and let others in to visit now and again. In such horror, I am finding beauty. I have found gentleness in the touch of a Sister Nurse, and I see a Master among writers for whom a golden pen should be placed across his palm with lasting accolades must be recorded for these books, because you are going to want them in your home.."Stay Safe," it is but an example of silk, ivory, and of precious stones placed on your mantle of memory, for one's son's breath can feel easy when the fire light can show that life was full of gracious flames on a picture frame for one who comes home, or for a, "Darling's bones who lies among, The glorious dead." Biest wishes and cheers to a writer in a magician's cloak. Barbara Everett Heintz, Author, "Pinkhoneysuckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Tale of War 22 April 2014
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Mr Pickles has written a poignant, accurate accounting of World War 1, and the-all too human-boys who ended up fighting in it. The action is cleverly carried forward in letters written between the soldiers and family members back home. We follow along as three of the principals- Ridley Judde, Lt. Frank Franklin, and Judde's nemesis, Billy-Boy Lumsden- are deployed from one terrible battle to the next.

I was extremely impressed by the almost uncanny knowledge Mr. Pickles has of dialect- and in his ability to convey fear, sorrow and anger in a rather impersonal medium- letter writing.
This novel was beautifully written, researched and edited. If you want to learn about World War 1, this is a superlative accounting. and a MUST READ!

Bravo- 5 stars!
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