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The Forgotten Land [Kindle Edition]

Keith McArdle
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sergeant Steve Golburn, an Australian Special Air Service veteran, is tasked with a dangerous mission in Iraq, deep behind enemy lines. When Steve’s five man SAS patrol inadvertently spark a time portal, they find themselves in 10th century Viking Denmark. A place far more dangerous and lawless than modern Iraq. Join the SAS patrol on this action adventure into the depths of not only a hostile land, far away from the support of the Allied front line, but into another world…another time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QSG2DK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Keith McArdle was born in Sydney, Australia, in the winter of 1978. Joining the Army as an infantryman at seventeen, he soon learned what the real world was like. It was a very different place. He has had short stories published in the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force newspapers, the Australian Army magazine, 'Incoming!', as well as The Townsville Bulletin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's no place like Aus 8 Aug. 2012
By Steve
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There are many stories that involve modern military timeslipping into our past and over-whelming some blade wielding foe and this is a good example of the genre.
Never before considered the Australian SAS, but the description of the men and their actions all seemed plausible. The characters were pretty well developed and the story sets off at a fair pace. The whole mission into Iraq seemed accurate and was itself gripping.
Then the drop through time and space. I found I struggled with the early part of the "SAS meets the Danes" section. There were all sorts of issues for the reader to overcome - the ease at which all the farmers adopted English was something that just had to be tolerated for the sake of the story. But I also was unconfortable with the way the soldiers behaved. They didn't survey the village for long, they split up and billeted all over the village, didn't really protect their gear......the list goes on.
Once you park this lot, you can get back to enjoying the story. Some of the actions were predictable (defeating the raiders - hooray! This is the sort of thing we started the book in the first place for). There were plenty of unexpected plot twists, loads of action, a good romp across tribal Europe and a satisfying ending. What more can you ask for. More? Certainly!

I got it for free, but would happily have paid for it. Will look out for more from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 9 Jun. 2012
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This book is unusual in it's plot, but delivers plausible action. It is well written, and draws you in. The characters are well rounded, the action is non-stop, and the switch from modern day to a thousand years ago is (OK unbelievable) the great twist. I would have paid for this, and will look out for more from this author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read 12 Aug. 2013
By Joe R
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I downloaded this over a year ago and finally got around to reading it this week, so I had completely forgotten the jacket blurb.
This meant that I started to read what i thought was a fairly standard SAS-type adventure story, until the time travelling twist occurred.
I won't spoil it for others, but I will say that it is a damned good, well written, story.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just my idea of a good read 7 Jan. 2012
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I love Vikings and Dark Ages tales and I love time travel stories so this tale of an Australian SAS team who went back in time to Denmark in the Dark Ages attracted me from the start.

The first thing that was striking about this story is that the author clearly knew his stuff. The details of the SAS mission in Iraq was authentic and exciting and a damn good read.

The author had clearly done his research on the Norse and Vikings and their expansion into the Russia areas and even as far as Byzantium.

The details of the world which the SAS found them selves in was believable and accurate (I am a writer of Dark Ages fiction myself).

The only area where I believe that the author could have kicked the story up a notch was the reaction of the Norse to the SAS. When the soldiers opened fire with modern weaponry I just feel that the average dark ages person would have been terrified and been totally unsure how to react. He brings this isn later when the SAS ambush a party of warriors but I think a reaction from the villagers they first encounter would have been more profound.

Overall though, given the exciting and well developed fight scenes and the level of research I recommend this novel. Its is new and original and a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise 30 Oct. 2012
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I was extremely caught by the web of this interesting plot - the author proves himself a true military type, sometimes (especially at the beginning)going overboard with the amount of guns, ammunition, military strategy info that I could honestly do without. But somehow he manages to keep us reading until the very end, when I actually felt sorry to say goodbye to this bunch of fine men. My only true disappointment was that he didn't stop his heroes at all in Romania. While Bulgaria and Poland are occupying about 10 pages each (can't really tell with this Kindle)Romania is 'crossed' in a single paragraph... Although I should be happy, because that means we are truly a peaceful race :). I gave it 4 stars because of the tedious passages about all military paraphernalia that wasn't really necessary. Otherwise, a wonderful read, Highly recommend it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 Aug. 2012
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A well written and well-researched story of military action in Iraq and Dark Ages Denmark. Very authentic in its description of military engagements in Iraq and the switch to Denmark 1000 year ago is surprisingly well managed. The modern day characters are very well developed and believable; the ancient ones slightly less so, especially the way they take modern day weaponry in their stride with barely a pause. However, apart from the apparently obligatory dig at Christianity in a historical novel, and one fairly gratuitous sex scene, this is an extremely good and gripping, well-researched read and I hope the author produces more books like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing 26 May 2014
By Julie
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I love the concept and the writing isn't bad but there are huge lists of equipment in places which detract from the story. In more than one paragraph 'he' is doing something or other which, with 5 male lead characters is confusing and highlights the lack of depth to the characters when it doesn't matter which one is performing the action.
Finally the reference to Byzantium instead of Byzantine drove me mad. Byzantium is the place and Byzantine is anything related to it eg Byzantine army.
It was however clearly well researched and, despite the niggling irritations mentioned, the concept made me plough on to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
One of the best time travel books I've read in a while. Exciting and fast paced, action, adventure and even a little romance thrown in.
Published 6 days ago by Jules Connor
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not as good as Chris Ryan books
Published 5 months ago by stewpot
5.0 out of 5 stars very good reading
Each time I stopped reading, I looked forward to picking up again to carry on. Good entertainment and an easy read
Published 9 months ago by MR R OBENEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Land
Well written with lots of well presented & researched facts which made the story flow and believable. Really enjoyed this book.
Published 10 months ago by magicmyst
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good..... the premise is a little weird perhaps, but Mr McArdle does a good job making it entertaining and fun.....
Published 17 months ago by Adrian
3.0 out of 5 stars nice easy read
A nice easy read on a long trip that killed the time. Wasn't a memorable book but passed the time
Published 19 months ago by brian mowatt
5.0 out of 5 stars ODIN
Absolutely loved this story well researched has made me very I.interested in Norse legends especially th varangian guard and the berserkers what a strange race Scandinavians were... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jonathan Woolley
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work
Ploughed through it but there were to many " and in a single bound he was free" moments. Found it stodgy and boring in parts.
Published 21 months ago by dobie
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Interest I am afraid
I started of with high hopes that this may have been a good tale, but lost interest with the repetitive nature of the narrative about the noble Norse.
Published 23 months ago by R. K. Dixon
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