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Fonthill rides again.
on 10 February 2014
I've been a fan of John Wilcox's Fonthill books for many years and they never disappoint. They are great fun and well written. The argument could be made that they are formulaic, in the mould of Sharpe. What sets these books apart from other historical adventures is the choice of period. Fonthill's adventures take him through many of the major, and not so, events of the British Empire. For someone who is not that familiar with the period they shed light on the highs and lows of the empire. This book is no exception, and being set in Afghanistan and the infamous Khyber pass it resonates with modern events.
Wilcox clearly knows his history and conveys the flavour of the time well, if perhaps filtered through the more modern liberal eyes of the main characters. Fonthill has doubts about his countries Imperialistic attitude and tends to be more at home with the natives of the time than some of the officers. This does not lessen the book's tale which is full on adventure from page one.
For fans of the series, or just historical adventure this is a great read.