' Crossing the Rubicon ': Map Illustrated: Volume 5 (Armageddon's Song) Paperback – 23 May 2014
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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' series 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 where he dives for relaxation and is a member of the famous Asian running club 'The IGAT Runners'. The first three volumes of the five part series have been published in print and also Kindle form along with Abridged editions making them suitable for the Under 18's. The fifth, and final, volume has just been published.
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Top Customer Reviews
Saying all that....I came to the Armageddon's Song series looking for an adventure story with a bit of bite, believable but also alternative in its assumptions and timing, and that is exactly what I got.....
And Crossing the Rubicon is a fitting end to a series.
The ending befits an author who was at the sharp pointy end of the stick for so many years, listening and watching (and obeying) the politicians of the time make a complete mess of even the simplest things - the book gives them what they deserve...a reckoning and justice......while holding the values and culture of the doers to the highest standards......
The action, as always, is fast paced - and I am wondering if there was a possibility of a few thousand more words in it all....(smiling to myself), or did I just wish it would not end....both perhaps is true - but an ending is always required, and as I have said before - its the authors book not ours, we just share and enjoy the journey.........
Looking forward to your next writing adventure Mr Farman - thanks for sharing this one with us.....
It is a fitting and first class end to the "Armageddons Song" series of books. With a very nice twist right at the end. (if only things like that came true Mr Farman).
I am very sorry to see the series come to an end, put can not wait for "Shaw, USMC" to be released.
Read the series, you will love it.
And at last the five volumes by Andy have done just that! I've have just spent two weeks of late night reading of this magnificent series,and been dying to know what's going to befall the main characters next! (But don't get too attached to some of them,because inevitably many die, quick and violent!) Andy obviously loves writing about his subject,and it shows,he doesn't get too bogged down in the technicality of military hardware (except if for the purpose of narrative) and goes more into the lives of his characters, and in doing so,makes you care about them.
This is what a good thriller writer should do for his readers! Thanks Andy for entertaining me so well!
By the way, film makers take note: you should beat a path to Mr.Farman's door to buy the film rights,and make a bloody good job of it! I can't wait for his next book!
I will be looking for future publications from Mr Farman. How about a book on Svetlana?
The story is a wonderfully written one and really draws you into the events and action. Its very well decribed, and dare I say crafted, with characters that are both interesting and individuals . The story also moves along at a pace and the action simply flowed from page to page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fantastic read. For some reason I wan't expecting much but it didn't take me long to get into it, then I was hooked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay Dee
The last book in the series and I have been glued to them since starting the first Armageddon's Song book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian C
I have just finished this series and I loved it. Kept me engaged all the way through, would recommend it.Published 11 months ago by Frank
Brilliant series, if you are ex Forces you will love it, including all the little political comments and innuendo's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bodacious Gus
Crossing the Rubicon is the culmination of a series of very very good books and the Armageddons Song as whole was tremendous. Mr Farman again hits the bullseye with this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Knox