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Stalemate (The Red Gambit Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Colin Gee
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The third in the 'Red Gambit' series, Stalemate deals with the events of the Third World War, up to 25th October 1945. Relating the experiences from both sides of the divide, and from all levels. 'Stalemate' deals with the man in the trench, through the pilot in his fighter, through to the Generals who direct the war from their command centres. 'Stalemate' brings the first stages of WW3 to a climax on the Alsatian plain, a sleepy town in Holland, and an insignificant town in Germany, whose name is now synonymous with death on a grand scale.
[The ‘Red Gambit Series’ novels are works of fiction, and deal with fictional events. Most of the characters therein are a figment of the author’s imagination. Without exception, those characters that are historical figures of fact or based upon historical figures of fact are used fictitiously, and their actions, demeanour, conversations, and characters are similarly all figments of the author’s imagination.]

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Colin Gee [b 18/5/57] is a proud Brit, and part-time writer of alternate history and short stories.
32 years as an operational firefighter, and a lifetime of interest in military history, have come together in the shape of the Red Gambit series, covering WW3 from 1945 to 1947. If reader's ratings are to be taken at face value, then the four books written thus far have been favourably received.
Alas, sometimes accused of being anti-American, Colin tries to write as reasonably as possible, reflecting the skills and issues of all sides. Sometimes, it seems that can hurry those who have immense pride in their Armed Forces into criticism of national bias, even of hatred for Britain;s natural allies. WHilst nothing is further from the truth, Colin is sorry that is the case for some, but he intends to continue to write in a balanced way, reflecting on the good and bad that was to be found in everyones military.
Colin has other projects waiting in the wings, but RG presently demands his full attention.
Married, with five children and step-children, four grandchildren, and one more on the way, Colin holds down a full time job with the NHS, as well as occasionally finding time to tap a few laptop keys as thoughts occur.
The writing is done for pleasure in the first instance.
His interest in conflict came about because of the stories of yesteryear he heard from his grandad and his grandad's friends.
Colin started to wargame and continue to do so to this day, having a shared collection of 20mm WW2 figures and vehicles second to none in private hands that he is aware of.
As a result of that interest he became a student of History, and absorbed as much about WW2 as was possible, partially to create an effective set of wargame rules, and partially because of thirst for knowledge about man's 'greatest' game.
He initially intended to write a book about his service years but retirement and the distancing involved in making a successful break undermined his commitment.
Many years ago Colin toyed with the possibility of a book on a subject close to his heart and researched it but failed to follow through.
Now he has created that book and it has grown into a series of indeterminate length, with four volumes already published, and number #5 well on its way.
Colin has met with a number of WW2 veterans, from both sides of the divide and, with one notable exception, he has always been struck by what ordinary and decent men they were.
In his books he wrote that there are no bad peoples, just bad people, and Colin truly believes that.
He set out to write books to illustrate that belief, albeit fictionally. Hopefully, in the doing, he will entertain and possibly even inform, for fact rears its ugly head on more than one occasion.
Part of his wish is to give the reader a fuller experience, which is why Colin have created biographies and a web site where we can be interactive, discussing things that the reader brings to the forum, and maybe even steering later books in some way.
Colin hopes that you enjoy the books and the story he presents, taking you on a journey from June 1945 through to October 1947.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the hold .... 8 Feb. 2013
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A stunning and all action continuity from where 'Breakthrough' left off? This latest volume takes the reader into devastating and intrigue fuelled battle of epic proportions that leaves you breathless as the chapters unfold? Some scenes left me with my fingers trembling as I turned the pages, such was the intensity of the action! The 'Red Gambit' series has been my find of the decade as far as reading goes and well done to the author for maintaing a very real and engaging storyline.

As this series has developed and the characters have come to the fore, the author weaves an extremely well considered story that leaves you stunned with some of the twists and turns that come along. Stalemate was brilliant to put it simply and once again takes you on a roller coaster of a ride through the battlefields, foxholes and HQ's of war torn Europe where East clashes with West.

Move over Mr Clancy there's a new 'Storm' in town and I can't wait for the next continuation of what has been an excellent read from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 3 Feb. 2013
By Mark k
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From the opening chapter to the closing sentence, the action is non stop. This is the 3rd book in the series and the pace is unrelenting. The battle scenes are second to none, though some people (not me) may find them disturbing. Anyone who loves a good war book will love this. The best thing is that there are 3 more books to come in the series. My only question is when is Otto Skorzeny going to appear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun read 27 Nov. 2013
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Just like the previous books in the series, this was a great fun and entertaining read. The pacing is excellent and the action sequences well crafted.

It seems strange to mention 'research' when you are commenting on AH - however, I really do appreciate when authors take the time to get their facts right.

Looking forward to part 4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 3 Jun. 2013
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This book was so good that I bought part three straight away and read them both through. Gee is a great action writer though sometimes his historical/strategic perspective lets him down. The big hole in the Red Gambit series plot is the USSR/Japan alliance which would never have happened - Stalin spent most of the war criticising Mao's lack of zeal in fighting the Japanese who were a totally spent force by 1945. It would have taken more than a few knackered Panther tanks to revive their fortunes.

The European action is however blisteringly realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 24 Oct. 2013
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Love this series. Looking forward to the next one, all too real. I love alternative history, this in my humble opinion ranks with the best. Yes there are small mistakes etc but as an avid reader on Kindle I have seen much worse. If you like this try "England Expects (Empires Lost)" or "The Whale Has Wings". So many good alternative history books to read! Fine author and so much detail in his books, will be patiently waiting for the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great 31 July 2013
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I chose a 5 star rating because this book hits all the buttons for this genre, fast well paced action excellent battle scenario's, not too much time wasted on anything but the action.
It's pretty much what I have always been looking for, I read the first three books in the series straight through and I was gutted the 4th and 5th were not available.
I hope the author gets the support to examine other scenario's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternate history 1 April 2013
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I got the first book in the series (Opening Moves) and once I started reading it had to get the others published so far.

The book in the 3rd in a series about a Soviet invasion of Europa at the end of the Second World War. This one deals with a major Russian offensive and how the Allies deal with it. The book is well thought out & I d=found it really enjoyable from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better and better 14 Mar. 2013
By Daevouk
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Another excellent slice of alternative history goodness from Mr Gee. The writing is sharper and the novel is improved for having fewer and shorter diversions from the main action. The only request I would make is to reduce the number of deaths by burning, whether by flamethrower, napalm, alcohol, petrol, diesel etc etc. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing
Published 17 days ago by Ryan Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
THE BOOKS BRING TO LIGTH, WHAT MAY OF HAPPEN IN 1946, IT MAY ONE DAY HAPPEN
Published 1 month ago by c cameron clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first two books in this series
As good as the first two books in this series. Now we are seeing individuals becoming more and more important, characters developing and considerably more generic background scenes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Bob Brooks Ph.d
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good books
Published 5 months ago by Mr. O. H. Herrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent novel. well written. Gripping srory.
Published 7 months ago by Aha21
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 9 months ago by peter foxton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read, a good follow up to the last book.
Published 10 months ago by alan hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars More fantastic but wholly believable alternate history scenarios from...
More fantastic but wholly believable alternate history scenarios from a great writer. Suspense and action with hard hitting consequences of high velocity bullet and shell... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr Jeremy Rollinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
The best alternative end of WW2 series I have read. If you are interested in this genre and have not read Colin Gee then I highly recommend it
Published 13 months ago by Andy Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written alternative history.
A good series with strong characters, the only thing that stops me giving it 4 stars are the maps and the list of where each unit comes in the order of battle, this is more for a... Read more
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