Armageddon's Song: 'Stand - To' (The Map Illustrated Edition): Volume 1 Paperback – 13 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Andy Farman was born in Cheshire, England in 1956 into a close family of servicemen and servicewomen who at that time were serving or who had served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army. As a 'Pad brat' he was brought up on whichever RAF base his Father was posted to. He joined the British Army as an Infantry Junior Leader in 1972 at the tender age of 15, serving in the Coldstream Guards on ceremonial duties at the Royal Palaces, flying the flag in Africa, and on operations in both Ulster and on the UK mainland. In 1981 Andy swapped his green suit for a blue one with the Metropolitan Police. With volunteer reservist service in both the Wessex Regiment and 253 Provost Company, Royal Military Police (V) he spent twenty four years in front line policing, both in uniform and plain clothes. The final six years as a police officer were served in a London inner city borough and wearing two hats, those of an operation planner, and liaison officer with the television and film industry. His first literary work to be published was that of a poem about life as a soldier in Ulster, sold with all rights to a now defunct writers monthly in Dublin for the princely sum of £11 (less the price of the stamp on the envelope that the cheque arrived in.) The 'Armageddon's Song' trilogy began as a mental exercise to pass the mornings whilst engaged on a surveillance operation on a drug dealer who never got out of bed until the mid afternoon. On retirement he emigrated with his wife to the Philippines.
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Written by an ex squaddie, the story covers the hideous reality of world war three in an all too real scenario.
I won't ruin the story but the characters are people like you and I, who joined the forces for work and now find themselves at the sharp end, with real human feelings, failings and successes.
I was gutted when the book ended but also pleased when it was announced this is only book one in a trilogy.
Hurry up and release number two !
The pace is fast but not too fast, and by the time the book rattles to a close, you're more than ready to see where Farman is going to take things in book II. Thousands are already dead, mass devastation is at hand; fleets of warships clash above the seas and submarines beneath them, while squadrons of aircraft vie for supremacy in the skies. The novel shapes up into a broadly NATO vs Warsaw Pact showdown, those it isn't quite as simple as that. This is a real page-turner of a book, and the author should be proud of himself if it's his first novel.
As for the bad: this book would have gotten five stars if it weren't for the spelling and grammar, which can be atrocious in places. The novel desperately needs an editor. I gather that Mr. Farman is aware of this; it truly does detract from the book, as some of the typos, mis-spellings, and totally wrong word placements jolted me from the reading flow on more than one occasion. If you can tolerate that, then this book is very highly recommended indeed to fans of Tom Clancy, Harold Coyle, and similar authors. Well worth picking up!
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