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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842837443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842837443
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Garry Douglas Kilworth was born in York in 1941. He began travelling the minute his feet hit the ground. As a service brat he was raised in various counties of England, in Aden, and in Singapore. He went to military school at the age of 15 and served in the RAF until 33, in Kenya, Aden, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Germany and Malta. On leaving the RAF he had his first short story published in the Sunday Times. Novels with Faber and Faber, and Penguin Books, followed shortly afterwards. After working for Cable and Wireless in the Caribbean for 8 years he turned full-time writer and to date has 125 short stories and 70 novels published. He has worked in several genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, General Fiction, Children's books, Historical Fiction and Military Crime novels. Garry is still married to Annette, the girl he met when she was 17 and he 19. They have two children, a boy and a girl, now in their forties, and five beloved grandchildren, Alexander being the boy in the photograph. Garry Kilworth's main influences have been: Rudyard Kipling, HG Wells, Julio Cortazar and a whole raft of modern authors, many of them now friends.

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This is military adventure at its very best, all blood, bullets and bugles... those who enjoy going into battle with Sharpe will love joining forces with Sergeant Jack Crossman. (Darlington Northern Echo)

Rip-roaring adventure at the time of the Crimean War. (Manchester Evening News)

The novel is packed with action... all in all, our hero has more lives than a cat! (Crimean War Research Society) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1854, and the British Army faces a terrible winter. With provisions and clothing hopelessly inadequate, Sergeant Jack Crossman and his men are billeted at Kadikoi village, their official instructions to blow up the magazine in the Russian Star Fort, but this is not to be Crossman's main mission. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stringbok on 22 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I discovered the Crossman books quite late and am slowly working my way through them. I have enjoyed the earlier books but found this one a little disappointing. The previous books have followed Cornwell's Sharpe template. A mission for the hero, a run in with some suitably stupid officers, an equally suitable villain and ending up with the hero taking part in a famous set piece battle. But in this book Kilworth seems to have changed tack and I think there is a clue as to why, halfway through the book when Crossman spies an old ship out at sea - 'the Surprise'. Readers of Patrick O'Brian will recognise this as the favourite ship of Jack Aubrey, and it is the Aubrey / Maturin novels that appear to be the template for the Winter Soldiers. Thus in amongst the missions we get a lot of detail about army life, a somewhat farcical interval where Crossman is asked to run an Army school, a sub plot about a corrupt general that goes nowhere and lots about Crossman's love life, Lady Lavinia (again) and a tedious new character Cousin Jane. The set piece battle at the end, although brilliantly described as usual, occupies just ten pages. Unfortunately Kilworth does not have O'Brian's skill in evoking the period and mixing the mundane with short periods of feverish action and I found the book dragged. Hopefully he returns to winning ways in the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Jan. 2013
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A continuing saga, with correct firearms used, delineates the usual British upper cllass twits leading our armies, and what the troops had to contend with.
It builds on the little "special forces troop as they would now be called"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alc32 on 11 Jan. 2013
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Enjoyed the book along with the others in the series however there appears to be a part of the story missing from the kindle edition. At 89% the engagement with the deserters is in mid flow without any lead in suggesting that one or two pages are missing.
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By Mr. Wol Wallace on 6 Nov. 2010
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Garry Douglas Kilworth is a very readable author i.e. his characters plausible and background on the Crimean War well researched giving his books an authentic feel. As with his previous books, the Winter Soldiers describes the rank disorganisation and sometimes callous approach of the leadership towards the rank and file who either suffer in silence or desert. Crossman is an engaging figure who despite this environment still manages to overcome the obstacles placed in his way. I have ordered the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. E. Disney on 23 Dec. 2010
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Excellent book follows on from his other books, thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes C.S. Forrester or Bernard Cornwells Sharpe books.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
Its been a couple of years since I read the last Crossman novel and this one was a welcome surprise. Like the others, The Winter Soldiers did not fail to engage me. I love the way the author mingles action with the lighter side of army society, much in the way Kipling used to with his Indian stories. One gets to see several facets of the main character this way, and also many of the other characters. A very enjoyable and exciting read.
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A good enough read, but has some strange storylines and adventures for the main character. While perfectly acceptable it falls short of the previous Crossman novels and indeed seems to feature very little "battlefield" action this time around. But worth reading if you're into this series and wouldn't put me off more of this author's work.
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By L Andrews on 8 July 2014
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Excellent book as good as the other's I will be reading the next books hopping that thay are as good as this one
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