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A rollercoaster adventure in the Crimean War.............
on 8 November 2015
Love this book!! 'The Scarlet Thief' introduces Jack Lark - 'a bit of a lad' - and takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride culminating in the bloody Battle of the Alma, during the Crimean War. Jack experiences love and loss before he ever gets near a battlefield, and has to make a decision that will have far-reaching consequences, not only for himself, but for those around him. He sets himself upon a path that he HAS to follow through.........but will he? Can he? Surrounded by the harshness and brutality of war, the incompetence of some of those in charge, and the utter futility of the fate that awaits, Jack finds courage, bravery, loyalty and compassion, not only in himself, but in the band of brothers around him. Jack has a nemesis, Slater, who haunts his every move, waiting to strike when least expected, and is a vicious, cruel, sadistic tormentor. Slater knows the secrets that Jack carries, and bides his time, taunting Jack at every turn. Paul Fraser Collard has written a book that is so vivid, so REAL, that I found myself actually 'seeing' events as they unfolded, 'feeling' the fear of the soldiers before battle, and experiencing the devastation along with them. I really got into this book, couldn' t put it down, and, not wanting to give too much away, was immensely moved by Digby-Brown. I can't wait to read more of Jack Larks' adventures - he is someone that I want to know more about, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book!