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The Road To Kandahar (Simon Fonthill Series) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback / softback edition (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755309855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755309856
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lovingly-detailed, good old-fashioned adventure yarn' Choice (Choice)

'The past brought vividly to life' Manchester Evening News (Manchester Evening News)

'Fast-paced, full of action and brave deeds. If you are a fan of Simon Scarrow or Wilbur Smith, then this is for you... I've starched my stiff upper lip, loaded my Martini-Henry rifle and am off to my favourite bookshop to buy the first in the Simon Fonthill series' Historical Novels Review (Historical Novels Review)

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Blood is spilt on the battlefields of Afghanistan in this brilliant second novel in the thrilling adventure series featuring Captain Simon Fonthill

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2005
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This is the author's second book to feature Fonthill and his sidekick 352 Jenkins. This story takes the pair away from the Zulu conflict and into Afghanistan to gather intelligence on a possible uprising...
This is a vast improvement on the first book and although the dialogue is occasionally stilted, this is quite an entertaining romp.
This does tread on well-worn Bernard Cornwall territory and there are many familiar touches (such as the oafish senior officers) but the relationship between Fonthill and 352 is getting better and the introduction of an entertaining support character in 'WG' works very well.
So, while not quite up to Sharpe standards, this is still worth picking up and if the series continues to improve, a new star may be born!
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I bought this in a charity shop. I was curious about it and as i am working on a novel set at the time of the Zulu war, I though this might give me an idea of the time. However i could not finish the book.

Why, I can not say. The author's didn't agree with me but that is not rare. I didn't like the character's, again not unusual. And i struggled to picture the acts playing out as actually happening.Yet all of these are my own issuses. The book itself is not bad, but i just couldn't enjoy it and will not be considering the author again. If you are interested in this genre, i would recommened seeing if it is to your likingas i am only one man, or else just bypass and head straight to the king of the genre, Bernard Cornwell.
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By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2006
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As a fan of Sharpe and Flashman, this was my first foray into the life on Simpon Fonthill. Although not written as well as Cornwell or Fraser it is still a very entertaining story. However it is slightly unbelieveable. Simon Fonthill appears to be a very lucky man escaping from scrapes (although not always unscathed) in a very timely manner. The female character Alice also appears to have multiple personalities and has not been developed well. I would still recommend this book if you want an entertaining and mildly educational historical story.
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This represents a significant improvement over the first of the Fonthill novels, 'The Horns of the Buffalo', which I rated as a '4 star' read due to the relative weakness of the central character, the then Lt Simon Fonthill . In this latest offering, our characters have travelled from southern Africa to the North-West Frontier, where the 'hero' of the piece, Captain Simon Fonthill, now of The Queen's Own Corps of Guides, accompanied by the ever faithful Sgt Jenkins 352, must infiltrate the war-like hill tribes and provide intelligence for the Indian Army. The author, John Wilcox has successfully 'fleshed out' Fonthill's character, who now emerges as a far more convincing, red-blooded military hero in the Sharpe/Hornblower tradition. The book is beautifully written, well-researched, and pulls no punches in its depiction of the brutality of the battlefield in this theatre of war. Again, the 'romantic' interest is provided by the strong character of Alice, a very liberated woman for her day, now operating as a Foreign correspondent for the 'Morning Post' of Fleet Street. Additional colourful supporting characters such as 'W.G.', the Sikh guide and interpreter, provide further, entertaining additions to the central plot, ably underpinned by the brave yet still despicable Colonel Covington.
All in all, a most enjoyable read, which will appeal to fans of Cornwell, Scarrow, Mallinson, Iggulden et al.
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Fonthill and Jenkins again have an exciting time and the story is one action packed adventure. I hope there will be more Fonthill books.
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This is a gripping story from start to finish. I have only recently been introduced to Simon Fonthill and am now avidly collecting all his stories. Shape is in the pale by comparison.
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Another great read from John Wilcox. Highly recommend as part of the saga. Excellent service from amazon.

Ready for the next.
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Purchased as a gift but with benefit that I will eventually be reading it - I love a good yarn and this would appear to be just that
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