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The Winter Soldiers (Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Garry Douglas Kilworth
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The fourth Crimea adventure for Sergeant 'Fancy Jack' Crossman and his band of brothers Jack Crossman and the privations of war during a Russian winter, in which a few hardy soldiers cause confusion and havoc among the enemy. After the battle of Inkerman on 5th November 1854 the British Army face a terrible winter with inadequate provisions and clothing. In this grim season Sergeant Jack Crossman and his men are billeted at Kadikoi village near Balaclave harbour, with instructions to blow up the magazine in the Russian Star Fort. Yet it transpires this is not to be Crossman's main mission. His true task is to spy on a British general accused of corruption, and to bring about his downfall. Set against a bleak backdrop it is only the grit and determination of Crossman and his men which allows them to survive against all odds in the field.

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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)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RYMJNW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Soldiers 11 Jan. 2013
By Alc32
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimea 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Soldiers 23 Dec. 2010
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read 25 July 2002
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars BIT OF A HICCUP FOR FANCY JACK 22 Mar. 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good 7 Nov. 2013
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This is book four in the series and hasn't had the same page turning ability of the first three, a bit of a flat line really few ups and few downs! However the last few pages were written with such feeling for soldiers in war it very nearly made up for the first 95%. I have really enjoyed these books and look forward to getting number 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic story
This is a well written story of war, as an ex HMForces it tells of the horror, but includes the daddies humour.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. J. A. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, once I got stuck into it I ...
Good book, once I got stuck into it I didn't want to put it down....so I didn't! Might get the rest of the series. A bit along the same lines as. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cinders
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed all of these stories
Sharpe with a different character name. Enjoyed all of these stories, but they have a short lifespan in my memory banks.
Published 6 months ago by M. Aldred
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Predictable
Published 7 months ago by Neillthepolarbear
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good read
Published 8 months ago by Peter Kettle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Brilliant read. Well written, made me want yo find out more of the history. Really would recommend.
Published 11 months ago by Geri
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter soldiers
Excellent book as good as the other's I will be reading the next books hopping that thay are as good as this one
Published 12 months ago by L Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars like his others a good read
yet another thumping read the story runs along at a fast pace you can almost sell it..the tail seem to get better with each book I read
Published 12 months ago by David Boxall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter soldiers.
This is an earlier story of Fancy Jack Crossman. It introduced us to the character and set the scene for the following stories. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Colin Easton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like a bit of old fashioned action
Fancy Jack Grossman is an old-school rebel, but one with a cause. Espionage, behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges, lots of action to keep you entertained.
Published 22 months ago by Andrew Welland
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