From the author renowned for bringing us John Rambo via the brilliant First Blood, Last Reveille is something far more unusual. Unlike some of his more typical works, such as Brotherhood Of The Rose and The Fifth Profession, this novel is set back in the early 1900`s.
In much the same way as Bernard Cornwell does with the Sharpe novels, Morrell has spent a great deal of time researching the factual history surrounding events of this period, and this gives him more time to spend on the fiction of the characters and the way the storyline intertwines with historical events.
Mexican bandits are causing trouble for the USA, and are growing increasingly brave. In what is seen as a perfect opportunity to prepare their soldiers for the inevitable World War which is brewing, The USA technically invades Mexico in an attempt to wipe out the bandits.
The story centres on two main characters, Prentice, the young and inexperienced soldier, and Calendar, the old and seasoned professional that Prentice yearns to emulate and learn from.
The description of the conditions and emotions they experience is second to none. You can taste the coffee and beans, feel the desert sand in your clothes, and the scorching sun on your back. It is very easy to identify with the characters, and the how's and why's of what they do and say are utterly credible and believable.
In short, Last Reveille can only be described as far from typical Morrell. Testament is without doubt Morrells best work, and First Blood is a classic. Last Reveille is right up there with them though, and any reader who has previously enjoyed this author is sure to absolutely love this book.