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Praise for To Do and Die:
'A finely-drawn depiction of battle and the camaraderie of war' Daily Mail
‘Mercer's prose is muscular yet silky smooth. His depiction of the experience of battle is unsurpassed’
Saul David, author of Zulu Dawn
‘An excellent fiction debut. Any more please?’
‘Mercer creates colourful, believable characters that stay true to the dialect of the time, but remain recognisable to any modern soldier. Fans of Sharpe, Flashman or Matthew Hervey should enjoy this novel’
Born in 1956, Patrick Mercer read History at Oxford University before joining the Army where he commanded his battalion in Bosnia and Canada. Previously receiving a gallantry commendation, he was awarded the OBE in 1997. In 1999, he accepted a post as the Defence Reporter for the Today Programme before turning to politics. In the 2001 election, Patrick Mercer won the Tory seat in Newark. A respected historian, he has already published a non-fiction account of the Inkerman battle during the Crimean War.
Not exactly my 'period' but still very entertaining. Perhaps the love romance is a bit too obvious but the battle scenes are superb.Published 4 months ago by Willie Bogaerts
Chapter one launches the reader headfirst into the “fog of war.” As the Battle of Alma begins in earnest, an untested junior officer is utterly overwhelmed by the noise, stink,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. R. Johnson
Always enjoy books from this author who writes about a good period of history. I look forward to the next onePublished 14 months ago by Stuart Young
Set bought for husband.
Good mix of historical fact / novel.
He enjoyed the set - Author is ex military.
This is the first of three books in the series.
If you like Bernard Cornwell books then you will really like this one. Read more
The characters in this book are great, took me a while to get used to the style of writing but after that I couldnt put it downPublished 19 months ago by Andy
I have just finished "To Do or Die and can thoroughly recommend it. Patrick Mercer's experience as both a soldier as an expert on the Crimean War (or Russian War as he would... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Retroman
Insight into a mind of an officer leading men into war for the first time. Well written with a good pace.Published 22 months ago by @Sheffield1984