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Siege by David Humphry
Siege by David Humphry
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read, 4 Feb 2008
The Boer War is an interest of mine so a new novel on the subject is most welcome. "Siege" is a very well written and superbly researched novel that looks at the war and its effects from the viewpoint of the Boers and the Blacks as well as the British. The battle scenes are epic but there are plenty of other dramatic scenes as well as a romantic theme. The narrative action barely slackens throughout and there are plot twists and one or two surprise outcomes. I get the impression this is the author's first novel in which case "Siege" is a job specially well done and I hope there will be a sequel. "Siege" is without doubt and by some distance the best Boer War novel I've read and I can 100%… Read more
Rutland's Guns by Roger Carpenter
Rutland's Guns by Roger Carpenter
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 22 Jan 2008
I've read Roger Carpenter's second book first because I'm particularly interested in the Boer War. This is a well written, fast paced tale underpinned by good historical research, something surprisingly lacking in some historical novels. A good read. Now I should read his earlier novel set in Afghanistan.
The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham
The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic, 8 Jan 2008
The first thing that should strike the reader is that the work is over 25 years old yet still has a freshness about its approach to the conflict. This and the comprehensive coverage of events leading up to the war, as well as the war itself, suggests it will be many more years before it ceases to be the definitive history of the Boer War. One particularly interesting feature is Pakenham's defence of General Buller who has been vilified for his incompetence in just about every other book on the subject. Not everyone will agree with Pakenham's defence of Buller but it's undoubtedly well argued, based as it is on documents and other material discovered at Buller's family home in Devon. A must… Read more