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Michael Asher
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8 Nov 2012

Part three in Death or Glory series, Highroad to Hell is Michael Asher's latest Second World War adventure. With Asher's insider knowledge of the SAS he brings to life the action of the battlefield in this fast-paced and compelling novel following Captain Tom Caine.

Tunisia 1943 - the Allies' advance is halted by determined Axis forces. The 8th Army has no choice but to outflank the enemy along their impenetrable Mareth line in the hellish Matmata hills.

On a mission to safeguard this movement, Captain Tom Caine's SAS patrol is diverted by a strange emergency signal that draws them to a derelict aircraft and a mysterious black box.

Besieged by a Nazi Death's Head unit intent on retrieving the box and betrayed by a comrade who steals it, Caine must make a choice. Should he pursue the stolen object or stick to his original task and face almost certain death? The entire campaign rests on his decision.

Michael Asher's third Death or Glory novel, Highroad to Hell, will have you gripped to the very last page.

Breathtaking bravery, astonishing feats of endurance, raids and battles described with terrific immediacy and pace. Compelling and definitive . . . will surely not be bettered - Sunday Telegraph

Detailed, scathingly honest. Asher has brought the critical eye of the knowledgeable insider to his in-depth study of SAS operations and personalities - Herald

Michael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has won the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for Exploration. The first two books in this series, The Last Commando and The Flaming Sword were also published by Penguin.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141047216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047218
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has won the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for Exploration. The first two books in this series, The Last Commando and The Flaming Sword were also published by Penguin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Difficult Third Book 15 May 2013
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Don't get me wrong there is not anything really wrong with this book, it does everything you would expect if you have read Michael Asher's previous 2 books it just doesn't quite do them to the same standard, the main fault is really the plot which is not very strong, once you have finished the book you can see what he was trying to do but it just didn't quite grip me like the previous 2 and the subplot involving deserters just seems like a way to give a character something to do and doesn't tie in to the main plot well at all.

So if you are a fan of the first 2 don't be discouraged, you may find it more engaging then I did, but I personally I can only hope for an uplift in quality for any future book, it's just a shame there was a good book in this concept somewhere it just couldn't quite find itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Star spitting rim fire!" 27 April 2013
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Michael Asher to my mind at least is a legend, desert explorer and very readable military historian, better yet he has taken his place on the pantheon of Airborne awesomeness by being a former member of the Parachute Regiment then popping in a spell in the . S.A.S whilst at uni. If you don't think thats cool you have problems. Does this mean Asher is any good as a novelist of military adventure prose? I'd venture the answer is yes.

The 1st Tom Caine Novel is belting good fun, like a Commando comic without the pictures Biggles and Ginger with very graphic action scenes combined with a sex fiend German agent with a penchant for non consensual bum love and murder. The second is generously average. Best described as more of the same with a frankly disappointing and bizarre climax involving a nerve agent and a almost painfully sycophantic love bombing of Paddy Mayne, enjoyable none the less. I had really high hopes for High Road to Hell and it didn't let me down. The plot is a touch painting by numbers but Asher pulls it off with elan. If you're going to find yourself on a long train haul, flight, or sunning it up in the garden this summer you could do a lot worse.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My brain went blahhhhhh! 31 Jan 2013
By Matt386
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Caine is back, pulling steal, jerking iron and ejaculating ball! I read the first two books and enjoyed the first one immensely, the second I felt was weaker and covered similar ground but was reasonably enjoyable. This third outing really pushed my endurance to finish. The plot was not only implausible but took the story into a kind of Raiders of the Lost ARK direction with ghostly apparitions and a black box with supernatural properties that never get explained. I found this took away the last thread of realism and destroyed the illusion of reading a world war 2 thriller.

Of course Caine, mates and (old) adversaries appear immortal and whilst are often shot, blown up, stabbed, gassed, throttled, battered, burnt they never actually die, you get to a point where you think Caine could recover from a nuclear strike with the aid of a thick brew with tons of sugar, condensed milk and a hand full of Beanies.

If there is a book 4 a bit more realism and a brand new story line would be greatly appreciated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ..the petrol tank baroommmfffed 23 Nov 2012
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This is the third in the Tom Caine WW2 SAS series. A series that started off okay but has gone backward rather than forward. I thought the second one on the series was awful (2 stars) but for some reason gave the author one final go, and I wish I hadn't. This is pretty poor on a number of levels, many of them that same as in the previous book, so there is no desire of evidence that the writing has improved. In fairness I like the author's nonfiction work, but I have to say I just don't think fiction is his thing.

In summary this is the equivalent of an old fashioned war comic turned into a book. Weak characterisation, clichéd bad guys, a noisy plot and very little logic. Without trying to spoil what would be a very unchallenging plot, Caine is suffering from some PTSD from his previous adventure but is pulled into a dodgy bridge blowing mission by a bunch of officers that should have "caricature bad guys" tattooed on their foreheads. Teamed up with some old friends and three "Dirty Dozen" prisoners - off he trots to blow the bridge, only to get diverted onto the real mission, the recovery of something mysterious from a crashed plane. Meanwhile the girlfriend he though had died has had a memory loss (I did mention the lack of logic) and has joined a bunch of deserters and hijackers (well, of course you would, wouldn't you?).

There is a scene where the bridge is defended by the troops which is quite exciting but everything else in this is very poor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear............ 29 May 2014
By Lovat
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Two great books looks as if he wrote this one to quickly please the publishers. The plot is weak to say the least.. But my major complaint (slight spolier alert) is that early on in the story the unit is given a specific vital mission to achieve. Simply do the mission go home - easy. They then hear some radio whispers and rather than complete the mission they wander off on a pointless wild goose chase. Such professionalism. I was actually shouting at the book, LEAVE SOMEONE BEHIND to achieve thie mission! Oh no that would be stupid.... where's the tension in that? No we must ALL ignore the mission and EVERYONE must go together on this fools errand. Don't get me wrong I don't mind the plot heading off in a different direction to extend the story but to leave a large white elephant in the room kind of spolls the realism of the book and weakens it greatly.
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A very exiting book, well written and hard to put down book which I really enjoyed and would rate this author as very good
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What a good read, plenty of action at a fast pace. Looking forward to the next one. Not cheesy like others I have read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death or Glory
Another quality read. This is a gripping story. The characters are a more modern match to Sharpe. Hope there will be a 4th book soon.
Published 15 months ago by Ceirion Parry
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but previous two are a hard act to follow
I'm a big fan of this series of books. This one is not quite as good as the previous 2 books in the Tom Caine series [Death or Glory (book 1) was excellent] but still worth a... Read more
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Happy with book, packing and speed of posting. Already read author and book series. Why do I need to add more words than is needed.
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