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' Crossing the Rubicon ': Map Illustrated: Volume 5 (Armageddon's Song) Paperback – 23 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499627785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499627787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is quite possibly the best WW3 novel ever! A tour de force from start to finish. Crossing The Rubicon finishes off a brilliant series in style. Mr. Farman's Armageddon's Song series is simply mind-blowing. Totally believable action scenes which will leave you out of breath with excitement. Characters you can relate to (but don't get too attached!). Plot twists and turns will keep you turning pages. I can't recommend these books highly enough. You will not be disappointed.
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I am a fan, so this tempers all my ratings of Mr Farman's work....I also get a mention in the dedication/thanks section, first time ever - so I am perhaps more than a little biased......
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.....
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I was really pretty sad to read this book knowing that it was the last in the series. The story is full of well described battles and the characters are superbly well written. Lots of British Army humour and characters any one who has served in the forces can relate to. From the seas of the Pacific to the wilderness of Australia this is right up there with some of the best work of Tom Clancy. I have a feeling the two of you would have got on very well.
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.
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I've read them all and I enjoyed the earlier books more than the later ones. The way I rate a book is whether or not I'd read it again... Song Book 1-3, probably... 4 & 5, unlikely... but cracking value on Kindle. Good job Mr Farman.
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Andy has done it again. Marvellous writing, realism shouting at you from the page, actually screen. I winced at some of the action, blasted navy gunners.
Read the series, you will love it.
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I have been looking for a book (or books) to compete on the same level as Hackett's World War Three,
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!
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Just finished the fifth and last book in the series and have to give it five stars. As a former soldier of the 70's I enjoyed the banter between the British troops and agreed with the comments about dodgy kit and incompetent politicians. The soldiers of today are still facing the same problems. I was irked with the usual problems associated with kindle books - poor proof reading and editing. Perhaps Andy should take them to task. I also found it disconcerting that almost all of the cast of characters end up dead; very few had a happy ever after. I also wondered why China was not nuked after their ICBM sites had been destroyed - it might have brought the war to an end sooner? I would have liked an extra chapter at the end, covering the months after the end of the war. What happened in post war Russia and China? How did Australia rebuild after the war? How about the surviving characters - any happy endings for any of them? Could there have been a sixth book in the series?

I will be looking for future publications from Mr Farman. How about a book on Svetlana?
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Excellent book. Great characters and well written. Very good balance between technical shorthand and keeping the pages readable.
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.
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