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Long Road to Baghdad: 1 (Long Road to Baghdad Series)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2011
Start reading The Long Road to Baghdad and you will become quickly drawn into the lives of the central characters, and genuinely care about what happens to them. Their stories are compelling, and cover friendship, romance, passion, love, duty, loss and grief.
As you follow the characters through the book, you follow the campaign in Mesopotamia in the First World War, and are witness to how the war affects them in different ways. How the soldiers and officers attempt to cope with their duties, their orders, and all the horrors and obscenities of war that emerge and escalate throughout the campaign. And, how the wives and families of the soldiers attempt to cope - with their worries, their loneliness, the changes to their loved ones, their losses and grief.
One of the characters in the book says "War does things to men. I don't think anyone can understand what it's like until they've been through it." Of course this is true, but I believe books like this fulfil an incredibly important role in our society by going someway to helping us to understand. For this reason, I feel The Long Road to Baghdad is a very important book that deserves to be published and read by a wide audience.
The book is exceptionally well researched and contains a factual, accurate, unbiased account of the campaign in Mesopotamia during WW1. Don't be put off by the author's warning about the book's length. It does not feel like a long book, and as it is a real page turner, it can be read quite rapidly. There are many harrowing scenes however (to be expected in a book set during WW1), especially towards the end of the book, and because you care about the characters these scenes seem all the more real. But as another reviewer quoted "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
This book is Colliers Magnum Opus and I really hope she is given the opportunity to compete the trilogy she planned to cover the whole campaign. It would be a valuable legacy for our children, and children's children, to learn from. I for one can't wait for the sequels...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2011
This is a wonderfully written and meticulously researched book. The characters are fictional, but the story of the British conflict in the Middle-East during the first world war is true, and one that echoes uncannily the modern day invasion of Iraq. "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." It is a regret that this book was not published, and read, sooner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean to say I read slushy romance; I don't. I like big historical epics based on accurate research and factual history. I loved this. It deserves to be published - thanks to the author, it has. There's a lot of rubbish being published as ebooks by people who THINK they can write. This is not one of them. This is a good book from a well established author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
This is one of the best books I have ever read.I devoured it and was branded antisocial all over Christmas.It is everything all the other excellent reviews rated it as. It puts Catrin Collier in a league with the greats.I hope that there may be a sequel.......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2011
This is a brilliant book. Historically fascinating, characters with nuance and interest, who change and develop over time, and a good long satisfying read, too. This author's written several good books that I've enjoyed - this is by far the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2012
As an avid reader of Catrin Collier books, I devoured this book with interest. Was it going to be as good and polished as her 'published' books? The answer was a resounding 'YES'. This book is well researched and incredibly well written. I soon became engrossed in the storyline and characters of this book and am disappointed not to be able to read further about their lives and fortunes/misfortunes. The book is very graphic in parts but I feel this only adds to the reality of what actually happened during this time. A previous reviewer comments on the insight into the lives of the men involved in this conflict, this is true, but I would also add that it also gives an insight into the lives of their wives and loved ones too. I really hope that Catrin receives the support to finish this trilogy, I for one would certainly buy future works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2014
Long Road to Bagdhad is a very powerful, meticulously researched novel about conflict between the British, Bedouin and Turks in Mesopotamia in 1914, at the outbreak of World War I. It's steeped in history and a great deal of cultural knowledge. Love, loss, redemption, cruelty, loyalty and the horrors of war are the threads that weave together the experiences of the central characters. I was gripped from the first page, and the characters and their stories stayed in my mind after I'd come to the end. I'm really looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy.

This would make a wonderful film. Its breadth and scope, the visual aspect that characterises Catrin Collier's beautifully descriptive writing, the intensity of emotion that flows throughout, and the visceral storyline bring each page to vivid life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having being used to Catrin Collier' s, saga's set in South Wales, this book was a revelation. It was fantastic.
The story begins just before the outbreak of the 1st World War and follows 3 friend's, who are in the military. Set mainly in Iraq, it also takes in India. Normally I wouldn't have read a book set in this period or area, but I am so glad I did. I could not put it down and I cannot wait for the sequel, I want to know what happens to Harry, John and the rest of the characters, I hope I do not have to wait to long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
Excellent read.
First book I have read involving this area of war. Now I need to read book 2 & 3 in the series but cannot find out when the next one is out or what order is it, Scorpian Sunset or Winds of Eden
Frustrated as really really really wanted to continue story!!!
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on 24 November 2012
This is the first book I have read by this talented author and I read it over 2 days. I have not read any books set in this particular WW1 theatre (modern day Iraq)and I found it very interesting, informative and educational. I really enjoyed the book, the setting, the obvious research and the characters and plot development. For me the only negative I can say is that it lacked a very small amount of description to really pull me into the landscape.I could sense a great deal of what was written and it was compelling reading,but not quite a page turner, cannot put down book. Rather a return to as soon as I can book. A little bit of my own background reading informed my reading of this book via The Imperial War Museum sites, where voices of veterans and old silent film really helped to get a picture in my mind.
I recommend this book and look forward to exploring other works by this author under several pen names and in a variety of genres. I am so pleased to discover this author.
I truly hope enough interest is generated for the author to produce the other 2 books in this trilogy.
Thank you Catrin.
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