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Heart of Oak (The Soldier Chronicles Book 2)

Heart of Oak (The Soldier Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Cook
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It is December, 1799, and Captain of Marines Simon Gamble has been sent behind enemy lines to capture an impregnable fortress called Dominance on the Maltese island of Gozo.

Gamble must lead his lightly-armed men against the prime veteran soldiers of France, in a daring and brutal fight where there can only be one winner.

Success means freedom for the Gozitans from their French oppressors; failure means the marines face an unmarked grave on foreign soil.

A hero and a soldier to some, but certainly no gentleman, Gamble; battle-scarred and haunted by the horrific bloodshed at the Siege of Acre prior to this mission, must fight a new guileful enemy, even if the price means life, death or dishonour.

This is Gamble's toughest fight yet, and one he knows he cannot afford to fail.

For the ultimate battle will be for revenge.

Heart of Oak, is an authentic historical story set during the liberation of the Maltese Islands, the second novella in The Soldier Chronicles series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Cook; 3 edition (21 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L9R6FL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Cook is from Hampshire, but now lives in Leicestershire with his wife and young son.

David has been interested in history since his school days, and developed a love for the Napoleonic Wars era from his father, who painted and amassed a lead model army of the Battle of Waterloo. From there, David became fascinated with The English Civil Wars, the Wars of the Roses and English medieval history, particularly the legend of Robin Hood. David is writing a novel entitled The Wolfshead, a story of Robin, but based on the original medieval ballads as the source.

For more information and updates on that story please visit

Liberty or Death is the first novella in The Soldier Chronicles series, which will be companion stories to a main volume of printed books chronicling the Napoleonic Wars era, as seen through the eyes of a young British officer. Heart of Oak, is the second and Blood on the Snow will be released in September 2014.

David is keen to answer any questions about his planned books, or about anything else history related, and can be found on twitter, Goodreads, facebook, wattpad, kboards, librarything and Booksie amongst others.

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Heart of Oak (The Soldier Chronicles Book 2) David Cook

This is the second stand alone novella by David Cook set during the Revolutionary War era. This tale revolves around an officer of the British Corp of Marines and his small company who are tasked with spearheading the combined British and Maltese assault on the island of Gozo to disdpossess the French invaders.

Mr Cook's characters are strong but sympathetic and the story is filled with bursts of violent action, insights into the historical events and a personal sub-plot as the central character tries to come to grips with the losses of friends and men in his command and seek revenge.

A first class read which I just had to finish in a single sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Historical Drama! 29 July 2014
By Linda
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This is David Cook's second offering in The Soldier Chronicles series about the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods.
One thing I particularly like about Mr. Cook's books is that they are unpredictable, and each one is an engrossing and riveting read on its own. They provide the reader with snapshots of fighting men of the period and each story is unique and gives the reader a different perspective on the life and times of these men.

HEART OF OAK is a good example of this. It begins with two distinct situations: Capt. Gamble and the Marines attempting to liberate the Maltese Islands and Gamble's struggle with grief over the death of a friend, killed in a previous action some months prior. From Cook's heart-rending description of Gamble's inner turmoil, it is apparent that he is suffering from PTS syndrome. Others are suffering as well, most notably Marine Crouch. In addition, I really liked the way Cook portrayed Gamble's closest friends, Powell and Lt. Kennedy - the humor, banter and language seemed very authentic. (Note: I hope Cook writes more about the Siege of Acre in the next in this series).

This is an extremely well crafted novella. The writing style is comfortable and enticing and it is easy to get lost in the tale. The attack on the fort and aftermath were very well written - I could almost smell the blood and powder-smoke from the muskets and could visualize the resulting horrible wounds.
In addition, the characters come off as vivid and real. (Lorn Mullone and Sergeant Cahill from Cook's other work, LIBERTY OR DEATH, are prime examples of this, and carry on from eBook to eBook). Cook's villains also leap off the page - you could really visualize Capitaine Tessier and feel his ire!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckler 31 July 2014
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This is the second novella in David Cook's The Soldier Chronicles series. (I love history!)

Here's the premise...1799, British Captain Gamble and his company of Marines attempt to liberate the Maltese Islands from the iron-grip of the French who took it in their quest for glory.

The plot is simple. It revolves around Gamble's mission of freeing the island of Gozo, which leads to the French stronghold, the last bastion to freedom. This is an enjoyable quick read for a summer afternoon. The historical events/battles are well researched and there is plenty of gory scenes, action packed events, fast paced, in some parts it is easy to side with the villain in the fight for his cause.

HEART OF OAK is a thundering, swashbuckling tale that will get your blood pumping.
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